Object from the Hall of Superstitions. Barry McCallion.

Object from the Hall of Superstitions.

[East Hampton, NY: 2012]. Unique artist's book, on Saint-Armand paper, signed and dated by the artist, Barry McCallion in red ink on the colophon page. Page size: 7-1/4 x 5-3/8 inches, 32pp; + titlepage and colophon. Bound: loose as issued, 4 fascicles of 2 folios each, laid into taupe paper over board portfolio with titlepage and colophon printed on white paper affixed to front and rear panel, black silk ties, front panel painted with circular motif in red and black India ink using the taupe paper backdrop as base for circles, s curves, and arabesques, housed in brown cloth over boards custom-made clamshell box with title printed in black on white paper label, "object from the Hall of Superstitions" and signed in black ink below title, "Barry McCallion." The artist notes in the colophon that "Object" is to emphasize the "thingness": Independent, non-relational, self-referential. He adds the title derives from the "hall of Superstitions," a Surrealist exhibition designed by Friedrich Kiesler for Gallery Maeght, Paris, 1947. The artist has created a beautiful object - full of ambiguities. The text, in black ink, on every page, is interrupted or highlighted by decoration in metallic and India inks. Or, perhaps, the page paintings are interrupted by the black ink script. The script is not legible - rather it resembles hand-writing with symbols, diacritical marks, and punctuation - is the artist's invention. The pages at first glance remind the viewer of early astronomical manuscripts. They do not reflect any actual planetary system - but are structurally sound nonetheless. Frederick John Kiesler (1890-1965) was born in what is now the Ukraine. Before moving to New York in 1926, he had pursued a career as an architect, theoretician, theater designer, artist and sculptor, collaborating with the Surrealists, De Stijl, and many major figures of the European avant-garde. Item #10930

Price: $2,750.00

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