Libros de Artista at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Libros de Artista: Artists' Books from Mexico and the Mexican Diaspora
Libros de Artista, curated by Simon Blattner, featureded 40 contemporary limited edition books created by Latin American artists, sourced from both the original artists in Mexico, private collections, and from the Latin American & Iberian Collections at Stanford University Libraries. The books in the exhibition reveal a wide range of artistic, political and personal concerns. Topics explored include the relationship between gender and power, immigration, censorship, border control politics and other themes that are becoming more and more relevant to lives both north and south of the border. Libros de Artista offers an enthusiastic ride through a world of strong graphic tradition, deeply felt relationships to material objects, profound knowledge of craft and a judicious use of technology.
Every book I ever picked up had an aspect of beauty of a feature that made me look at it as art. It could have been the paper, the typeface, the ink, the binding, or even the heft and feel of the volume.
An artists' book can either be the product of a single individual or a coordinated effort of a team of makers; it really doesn't matter. It can look like a book or maybe not. It will be an attempt by the artist to urge us to look a little closer, be more observant, open the cover, and see what is inside. An artists' book may be beautiful, unusual, or thought provoking, but one thing is for sure, it will invite us to go further.
The Mexican artistic community has been making artists' books for hundreds of years. Contemporary Mexican artists' books have staged a renaissance. They are spellbinding, rich with color, robust, filled with energy, and brilliantly conceived. The choice process for this exhibition was extremely difficult. I was able to view many diverse and intriguing pieces of work before choosing these select few. This exhibition is merely the tip of the iceberg. Enjoy every page. - Simon Blattner, Curator
Barbara Wells, Associate Curator
Pablo & Lourdes Pesqueira, Mexico City & Oaxaca Liaison Guides
Kimberly Blattner, Editor & Inspiration
Claudia Mendoza-Carruth, Translator
Art Hazelwood, Contributing Editor
Chester Arnold, Contributing Artist
Douglas Sandberg, Photographer
Peter Koch, Contributing Collector
Stanford Green Library
Dr. Roberto Trujillo, Assistant University Librarian and Director of Special Collections
Adan Griego, Curator for Latin American, Mexican American and Iberian Collections
Kristin St. John, Head of Conservation Services, Preservation Department
Margorzatta Schaefer, Registrar/Archivist, Special Collections & University Archives
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Linda Lima Keaton, Executive Director
Tanya Gayer, Exhibitions and Facilities Manager
Margie Maynard, Director of Education and Engagement