From Bande Dessinée to Artist’s Book: Testing the Limits of Franco-Belgian Comics

Along with American comics and Japanese manga, bande dessinée ("drawn strip") is one of the great comics traditions. Th­is exhibition presents key moments in the evolution of bande dessinée volumes, from their initial standardization to contemporary explorations into the possibilities offered by the book as three-dimensional object, explorations that have led, in Europe as elsewhere, to a blurring of the distinction between comic books and artist's books.    

Featuring work by: Andreas, Nava Atlas, Lars Arrhenius, Adolpho Avril & Olivier Deprez, Rémy Pierlot & Vincent Fortemps, Jean-Jacques Oost & Gipi, Richard Bawin & ­Thierry Van Hasselt, Dominique ­Théâte & Dominique Goblet, Pome Bernos, Paz Boïra, Claire Bretécher, Julie Chen and Lois Morrison, with Elizabeth McDevitt, Frédéric Coché, David B., Martin tom Dieck, and Jens Balzer, Will Dinski, Vincent Fortemps, André Franquin,Dominique Goblet and Guy Marc Hinant, Guillermo Gomez-Peña, Enrique Chagoya, and Felicia Rice, René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, Emmanuel Guibert, Didier Lefèvre and Frédéric Lemercier, Hergé, Mamiko Ikeda, Edgar P. Jacobs, Eric Lambé, Marc-Antoine Mathieu, Michael Matthys, Emily Martin, Max, Miles O'Shea and Olivier Deprez, Omar F. Olivera, OuBaPo, Philippe Petit-Roulet, Peyo, John Porcellino, Nicolas Robel, Marjane Satrapi, Francois Schuiten and Benoît Peeters, Joann Sfar and Jean-Christophe Menu, Stefan J.H. Van Dinther, Th­ierry Van Hasselt and Karine Ponties, Chris Ware, Toña Wilson, and Melinda Yale.

When: April 19, 2013 - June 29, 2013 10-6pm Monday to Friday & Saturdays 10-4pm  

Where: 28 W. 27th St., 3rd Floor, New York, NY  

Subway: N/R to 28 th St, or F to 23rd St   

Admission: Free


Laurence Fayard - 

Sarah Nicholls - (212) 481-0295 




Elena Costelian:

Chernobyl on Tour - Artist Talk May 10th - 6:30pm


Chernobyl on Tour seeks to challenge the cartographic representation of the Contaminated Zone, a territory wiped off of the maps of the world.

Featured Artist Projects:

Workspace Artists-in-Residence 2012

Th­e Center's annual exhibition of new work by the previous year's Artists-in-Residence. Th­e 2012 Workspace residents are Stephanie Beck, Frances Gallardo, Jessica Lagunas, Asuka Ohsawa, and Sarada Rauch.

All exhibitions are on view through June 29, 2013


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The Center for Book Arts is committed to exploring and cultivating contemporary aesthetic interpretations of the book as an art object, while invigorating traditional artistic practices of the art of the book. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary art and literature through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting. Founded in 1974, the Center for Book Arts was the first organization of its kind in the nation.


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