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Limerick International Publishers’ Salon

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Antic Ham, bookRoom, Centre des Livres d’Artistes, Coracle Press, Alan Crowley, John Dilnot, Eric Doeringer, Joe Duggan, EAK Enterprises, Silas Finch, Robert Hampson, Tony Hayward, Impact Press, Kurt Johannessen, Kasia Kaminska, Alan Keane, Silvia Maria Loeffler, Deborah McDonagh, Mockism, Bjorn Mortensen, Sally O’Dowd, Jane O’Sullivan, Siobhan Piercy, Pink Parrot Press, Pogo Books, Red Fox Press, Road Books, Anne Rook, Irene Saragusa, Dorothy Smith, The Speculative Society, Sweet Olive Misprint, Chisato Tamabayashi, and Kate van Houten.

Ormston House is pleased to present the first Limerick International Publishers’ Salon organised by Peter Morgan with Anne Culhane and Dawn West. This exhibition of artists’ books includes 154 publications by 34 publishers from Ireland, UK, France, Belgium, Norway, South Korea and the United States. Join us for the launch on Thursday 21 February 2013, 6pm. The salon is open 22 and 23 February 2013, 12-6pm.

In the last five centuries, the printed book that began in Gutenberg’s press has expanded and shrunk every few generations. It has mocked, admired and abandoned itself only to re-emerge in loud fettle. One avatar of the last hundred years is the artist’s book, fruit of conviction as strong as Gutenberg’s that this is the book to make now, free of all diktats and classification, the container and the sieve of this moment in the artist’s life and work. Our culture may have lost, or wilfully obscured, the sense of the book as intact treasure, but something equally precious has taken its place: the fluid, adventurous, artist’s book, livre à la dérive, book adrift, free of the bank on either side – the bank of reason or the bank of narrative – heading for the open sea.

Image: detail from Airborne by Chisato Tamabayashi, courtesy of the artist.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

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