Rare Editions
  Susan Fleminger, guest curator                 Clarissa Sligh  

February 10 to May 20, 2009


Introduction by Susan Fleminger


Lehman College Art Gallery is pleased to present RARE EDITIONS: The Book As Art. The exhibition presents a selection of work by 15 contemporary artists who use the book form as a container for their ideas, feelings, and aesthetic sensibilities. The exhibition includes unique one-of-a-kind objects, limited editions, and unlimited multiple editions. Many of the works are hybrids incorporating painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, photography, sculpture, installation, and performance. The artists in RARE EDITIONS use a host of inventive strategies as they manipulate color, line, shape, pattern and texture and make decisions about type if text is part of their work. This wide variety of book structures includes accordions, single folds, scrolls, boxes, pop-ups, fans, tunnels and altered books. Content is as varied as format with artists exploring narratives inspired by poetry, literature and myth, aspects of the natural world, history and politics, the environment, biography and identity, and personal and aesthetic issues.

This exhibition is made possible with the generous support of New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, The Cowles Charitable Trust and The Beth M. Uffner Arts Fund / The New York Community Trust

Clarissa Sligh
Brian Bellot, Doug Beube, Phong Bui, Beatrice Coron, Lesley Dill, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Anne Gilman, Scott McCarney Sabra Moore, Miriam Schaer, Susan Share, Robbin Ami Silverberg, Clarissa Sligh, Michelle Stuart, Kiki Smith, and Fluxus/George Maciunas Editor
Doug Beube