Tuesday, January 15, 2013

An American artist's "Antiquarian Book Shop"

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As you may guess from the title,  ABC Wednesday is starting another round through the ABCs today, for the 12th time!


New York artist Mark Dion’s work "The Antiquarian Book Shop,"  2008,
now stands in the Israel Museum's art garden.

A Jerusalem Post article calls it "an installation that tries to shatter the accepted norms of history and collective culture."

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem Magazine calls it
  a life-scale book shop filled with hundreds of books and collectibles culled from various locations and cultures worldwide and across an impressive range of periods in time.
Dion’s house-like structure is locked and not accessible, creating a kind of still-life motif within the dynamism of the Garden’s seven-acre setting.
The work seeks to find connections between disparate peoples and moments in history and literature, revealing underlying commonalities of humankind and resonating both with the European tradition of the 16th–17th-century Wunderkammer, and with the Museum’s encyclopedic collections.
Its special setting in the Garden, near works by such minimalist masters as Sol LeWitt and Donald Judd, creates yet another level of dynamic reflection about the nature of empty forms, as well as of those – such as Dion’s – that are filled with rich material content.

Well, whatever.   All I know is that it felt frustrating to be peering through locked windows and door at all those globes and stuff and books, instead of being able to enter and browse.
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(Linking to Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors.)

18 comments:

Reader Wil said...

That would be wonderful: entering this house and staying there while browsing in the library.!
It looks so lovely.
How is the snow in Jerusalem? Well we had a lot of snow today!

Dina said...

Wil, our Thursday snow last a day and a half.

Roger Owen Green said...

quaint and cute
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

photowannabe said...

Fascinating but I agree, it would be quite frustrating to have to stay on the outside looking in.

Leslie: said...

awesome! would love to see that.

Leslie
abcw team

VP said...

Ah, a little house full of book! So I live inside a masterpiece, and I have also a lot of DVD!

Rob Mandy said...

A bookshop where you can't go in... That's modern art, I guess...

Sara said...

"well, whatever" is my thought too! I'm sure a lot of us want to get inside there and do some hands-on exploring of all that culture.

Gemma Wiseman said...

I guess this is the art of being tantalising! I guess it succeeds if you are limited to peering through windows! A unique kind of art that would successfully get you to stand and stare! For booklovers, I guess it would not be so pleasant an experience!

richies said...

Books that I couldn't look at. Not sure I would like that.


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Norma Ruttan said...

that would disappoint me greatly, to be so close and not be able to peruse close-up!

Robert Geiss said...

First picture is really great. Reads like an interesting exhibition indeed. Please have a good Wednesday.

zongrik said...

looks like an oversized doll house!! :)

Spiderdama said...

We all want to go inside:-) 12 seasons with abc, impressive! Maybe I should find a A:-)

Gattina said...

It looks so small ! Interesting !
Gattina
ABC Team

Hilda said...

I'd be frustrated too!

As artwork, I think I prefer that "thing of limestone and steel"—whatever it means. At least the limestone is lovely.

Kay said...

I'd be wanting to go in too!

toby said...

Yes, we saw that last year when we were at the wine festival at the museum. I too was frustrated at not being able to go in :)