Artists' Books for Children
Foreword by Günther Januth, Daniela Rossi Saretto, Enzo Nicolodi, Sabina Kasslatter Mur, Luigi Cigolla, Florian Mussner. Text by Giorgio Maffei, Annie Pissard, Barbara Nesticň, Marzia Corraini, Valerio Dehň.
El Lissitzky for kids? Ellsworth Kelly? Surprisingly, both artists have designed and created artistss books for small children--or children at heart. This anthology of children's artists' books from the ÓPLA Archive (Oasis for Art Books) in Merano, Italy, is designed like a children's book itself--small in scale, paperback, with strong tear-proof paper. Inside, one finds detailed reproductions of rarely seen books by Keith Haring, John Armleder, Andy Warhol and Bruno Munari, among many others. One particular standout is an exquisite little book by Japanese artist Katsumi Komagata, a colorful, abstract pop-out book with an origami-like design. A special section features color reproductions of artworks and installations by artists such as Joan Miró, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Alighero Boetti.