And speaking of size mattering, in addition to the book exhibit at the Canadian Centre for Architecture that I will be visiting next week in Montreal, The MusÃ©e dâ€™art contemporain de MontrÃ©al is, contemporaniously, presenting Anselm Kiefer: Heaven â€“ Earth. It runs until April 30, 2006.
Bookmaking is big in Kiefer’s art. Many of his books are sculptures, massive symbols of his search for wisdom that combine seemingly disparate historical images. As he puts it â€œThe book, the idea of a book or the image of a book, is a symbol of learning, of transmitting knowledge . . . I make my own books to find my way through the old stories.â€?
As Erika Biddle reports in Artnet
For 30 years, the German artist Anselm Kiefer has made large, sculptural books with pages like paintings, layered with straw, lead and his trademark script. Scandalously, in 1993 — celebrating the end of his first marriage — the artist exhibited hundreds of white-painted ledgers and handmade books, the pages stained with 20 years worth of his own semen and called 20 Jahre Einsamkeit (Twenty Years of Solitude).