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The MoMA Library Council is a group of art and book enthusiasts whose contributions benefit the Museum’s Archives, Library, and Research Collections and help support a unique publishing program. Council members support the Museum’s mission to acquire, preserve, and make accessible MoMA’s research collections. Reflecting upon the Museum’s collections and its longstanding interest in artist’s publications as an expressive form, the Council publishes artist’s books which members may choose to receive during their membership year. The Council also sells a small number of examples from each edition to libraries, museums, and private collectors to support MoMA’s research collections.

Contact: May Castleberry, Editor, Contemporary Editions, MoMA
Megan Govin, Department Manager, Archives, Library, and Research Collections, MoMA
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The Stars
Vija Celmins (with author Elliot Weinberger), 2005

Deluxe edition of book, including three etchings, accompanied by a loose print, an etching of a reverse night-sky.

The book measures 10 ½ by 7 inches; the gatefold etching measures 10 ½ by 27 ½ inches; the unbound print measures 13 x 16 inches.
Deluxe Edition: 26.

The etchings were printed by Simmelink/Sukimoto; the text was printed by letterpress by The Grenfell Press.

Price upon request

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The Stars
Vija Celmins (with author Elliot Weinberger), 2005

Deluxe edition of book, including three etchings, accompanied by a loose print, an etching of a reverse night-sky.

The book measures 10 ½ by 7 inches; the gatefold etching measures 10 ½ by 27 ½ inches; the unbound print measures 13 x 16 inches.
Deluxe Edition: 26.

The etchings were printed by Simmelink/Sukimoto; the text was printed by letterpress by The Grenfell Press.

Price upon request

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Your House
Olafur Eliasson, 2006

The book’s 452 laser-cut leaves reproduce the vertical
cross-section of a house. KREMO, of Mosbach, Germany,
produced the book’s 452 laser-cut leaves,
and the computer-aided modeling was created by Georg Sagurna. 

The handbound book measures 11 ½ x 17 ¾ x 4 ½ inches.
Edition: 225 copies
Price upon request

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Paisaje Morfina
Johanna Calle, 2016

Print from a collective project called The Valise with
over 50 original artworks by the artists Johanna Calle,
Matías Duville, Maria Laet, Mateo López, Nicolás Paris,
Rosângela Rennó, and Christian Vinck Henriquez,
responding to a novel by César Aira.

Calle’s Paisaje Morfina, measuring 11” x 14,” was printed by
letterpress by The Grenfell Press; as part of The Valise,
it comes in a portfolio case along with many other works,
including silkscreen prints, maps, and objects of varying sizes. 
Edition: 100 plus 25 deluxe copies.

Price for The Valise on request

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I Sappho of Lesbos (Cover)
Charles LeDray., 2020

Unique handmade miniature “used” book made
from drawing, mixed-media markings, stains, stamping,
and letterpress and offset printing.

Printed by The Grenfell Press with additional ephemera
printed by Peter Kruty Editions.

One of 177 unique examples from LeDray’s Book Ends collection. 
Varying dimensions: each book in collection is smaller than 4” x 5.”

Price upon request

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Ozma of Oz (Endpapers)
Charles LeDray, 2020

Unique handmade miniature “used” book made from drawing,
mixed-media markings, stains, stamping, and letterpress and offset printing. 

Printed by The Grenfell Press with additional ephemera
printed by Peter Kruty Editions. 

One of 177 unique examples from LeDray’s Book Ends collection.
Varying dimensions: each book in collection is smaller than 4” x 5.”

Price upon request

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Time Bomb (Cover)
Charles LeDray, 2020

Unique handmade miniature “used” book made from
drawing, mixed-media markings, stains, stamping, and
letterpress and offset printing.

Printed by The Grenfell Press with additional ephemera
printed by Peter Kruty Editions.

One of 177 unique examples from LeDray’s Book Ends collection.
Varying dimensions: each book in collection is smaller than 4” x 5.”

Price upon request

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The Stars
Vija Celmins (with author Elliot Weinberger), 2005

Deluxe edition of book, including three etchings, accompanied by a loose print, an etching of a reverse night-sky.

The book measures 10 ½ by 7 inches; the gatefold etching measures 10 ½ by 27 ½ inches; the unbound print measures 13 x 16 inches.
Deluxe Edition: 26.

The etchings were printed by Simmelink/Sukimoto; the text was printed by letterpress by The Grenfell Press.

Price upon request

INQUIRE

The Stars
Vija Celmins (with author Elliot Weinberger), 2005

Deluxe edition of book, including three etchings, accompanied by a loose print, an etching of a reverse night-sky.

The book measures 10 ½ by 7 inches; the gatefold etching measures 10 ½ by 27 ½ inches; the unbound print measures 13 x 16 inches.
Deluxe Edition: 26.

The etchings were printed by Simmelink/Sukimoto; the text was printed by letterpress by The Grenfell Press.

Price upon request

INQUIRE

Your House
Olafur Eliasson, 2006

The book’s 452 laser-cut leaves reproduce the vertical
cross-section of a house. KREMO, of Mosbach, Germany,
produced the book’s 452 laser-cut leaves,
and the computer-aided modeling was created by Georg Sagurna. 

The handbound book measures 11 ½ x 17 ¾ x 4 ½ inches.
Edition: 225 copies
Price upon request

INQUIRE

Paisaje Morfina
Johanna Calle, 2016

Print from a collective project called The Valise with
over 50 original artworks by the artists Johanna Calle,
Matías Duville, Maria Laet, Mateo López, Nicolás Paris,
Rosângela Rennó, and Christian Vinck Henriquez,
responding to a novel by César Aira.

Calle’s Paisaje Morfina, measuring 11” x 14,” was printed by
letterpress by The Grenfell Press; as part of The Valise,
it comes in a portfolio case along with many other works,
including silkscreen prints, maps, and objects of varying sizes. 
Edition: 100 plus 25 deluxe copies.

Price for The Valise on request

INQUIRE

I Sappho of Lesbos (Cover)
Charles LeDray., 2020

Unique handmade miniature “used” book made
from drawing, mixed-media markings, stains, stamping,
and letterpress and offset printing.

Printed by The Grenfell Press with additional ephemera
printed by Peter Kruty Editions.

One of 177 unique examples from LeDray’s Book Ends collection. 
Varying dimensions: each book in collection is smaller than 4” x 5.”

Price upon request

INQUIRE

Ozma of Oz (Endpapers)
Charles LeDray, 2020

Unique handmade miniature “used” book made from drawing,
mixed-media markings, stains, stamping, and letterpress and offset printing. 

Printed by The Grenfell Press with additional ephemera
printed by Peter Kruty Editions. 

One of 177 unique examples from LeDray’s Book Ends collection.
Varying dimensions: each book in collection is smaller than 4” x 5.”

Price upon request

INQUIRE

Time Bomb (Cover)
Charles LeDray, 2020

Unique handmade miniature “used” book made from
drawing, mixed-media markings, stains, stamping, and
letterpress and offset printing.

Printed by The Grenfell Press with additional ephemera
printed by Peter Kruty Editions.

One of 177 unique examples from LeDray’s Book Ends collection.
Varying dimensions: each book in collection is smaller than 4” x 5.”

Price upon request

INQUIRE

Tomás Saraceno, Forthcoming Artist’s Book Project

This year, generously contributing to MoMA Library Council’s artist’s book program, the Argentine-born, Berlin-based artist Tomás Saraceno delves into a project that draws attention to spiders and their webs, expanding our understanding of how we might move from arachnophobia to arachnophilia. Spiders have always lived among us. Yet, in the current ecological crisis, the planet’s sixth mass extinction, invertebrates like spiders and insects are disappearing at an accelerated pace, presenting major consequences for the environment and its ecosystems. By fostering new relations with spider/webs, Tomás Saraceno and the community group Arachnophilia work to cultivate “arts of noticing,”strengthening our symbiotic relationships with the nonhuman bodies with whom we share this planet in an effort to deepen our understanding of environmental justice and interspecies cohabitation. For this work-in-progress, the artist is creating a complex pop-up book, made from hand-cut and laser-cut paper, with digital and hand printed elements.

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Image from work in progress
Tomás Saraceno, 2020

Photo: Courtesy the artist; Andersen's, Copenhagen;
Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York/Los Angeles;
Pinksummer Contemporary Art, Genoa.

With thanks to Arachnophilia.net.

Copyright Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2020

Image from work in progress
Tomás Saraceno, 2020

Photo: Courtesy the artist; Andersen's, Copenhagen;
Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York/Los Angeles;
Pinksummer Contemporary Art, Genoa.

With thanks to Arachnophilia.net.

Copyright Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2020