Au Moulin Rouge. Barry McCallion.

Au Moulin Rouge.

East Hampton, NY: 2019. Artist's book, unique, on cream wove Richard de Bas paper, signed on the colophon by the artist. Page size: 13 x 10 inches; 18pp. Bound by Joelle Webber: Leporello style, in blue boards over cloth with red and black frieze by the artist inset into the front cover, the subject the familiar Toulouse-Lautrec dancers, housed in custom-made red cloth over boards clamshell box with the blue white and red of the French flag painted in acrylics on the front panel by the artist. Barry McCallion notes in his colophon that he has "lifted images from several Toulouse-Lautrec posters...reduced his figures to outlines, and filled the now abstracted forms with acrylic colors." He adds, "In order to convey the excitement of the cancan and the heady energy of performance, I rotated figures and overlapped lines and forms. I also scattered a 'confetti' of small cutout pieces over the pages, hoping to render the cancan's assertive sound." While the title of this book mimics the letter forms used in the Toulouse-Lautrec posters as well as the images, this is a completely new "cabaret" with an audience in black silhouette peering down from the top or peering up from the edge of each page. This is a deconstructed theater stage with the performers moving through space and time - running into each other but not stopping the flow. McCallion has created a two-dimensional object that seems to move, capturing dance, and moving us through time. A beautiful book. Item #11426

Price: $4,750.00

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