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Concordance

Berssenbrugge, Mei-mei; Smith, Kiki

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ISBN 10: 0932716679 / ISBN 13: 9780932716675
Published by Kelsey Street Press, U.S.A., 2006
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First edition, limited deluxe issue of only 10 copies with a unique pochoir print signed and dated by Kiki Smith laid in, the work is approximately 8 1/2 inches square. In addition the book is signed and numbered 4/10 by both Kiki Smith and Mei-mei Berssenbrugge on the colophon page. Both the book and the artwork are in fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 001516

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Title: Concordance

Publisher: Kelsey Street Press, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Illustrated Wrappers

Book Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author & Artist

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Poetry. Art. CONCORDANCE is a new collaborative work by three acclaimed contemporary artists: poet Mei-mei Berssenbrugge and sculptor Kiki Smith, working with book artist, Anne McKeown. Inspired by Smith's image of a dandelion, whose floating silks she compares to reading, the poem traces agreements and embeddings of human and animal bodies, ideas, dreams and emotion in a concordance of parallel and contingent contexts. "Then it's possible to undo misunderstanding from inside by tracing the flight or thread of empty space running through things." Then what if, in that bond, "images were Eros as words?" In Smith's etchings, reading, as Eros, is drawn as seeds, feathers, star-like explosions, pods, wide-eyed, unblinking owls. "Animals...open their eyes, and a mirror forms on the ground." The effects of the verbal images and gray-blue inked drawings are stunning and other-worldly.

About the Author:

Mei-mei Berssenbrugge was born in Beijing, China, grew up in Massachusetts, and lives in rural New Mexico and New York City. She is the author of nine volumes of poetry, including I Love Artists: New and Selected Poems (University of California Press, 2006), CONCORDANCE (Kelsey Street Press, 2006), NEST (Kelsey Street Press, 2003), Empathy (Barrytown/Station Hill Press, 1989), and The Four Year Old Girl (Kelsey Street Press, 1998). Kiki Smith was born in Nuremberg, Germany, and grew up in New Jersey. She has exhibited her work since the 1980s, when she was a member of COLAB, an influential artists' collective in New York City. Her work is represented in museums throughout Europe and the United States. A major retrospective of her prints, "Prints, Books and Things," took place at the Museum of Modern Art, 2003. The Walker Art Museum last year organized a major survey retrospective of her oeuvre, which is on view at the Walker until May 14, when it moves to Houston and, finally, to the Whitney Museum in New York. Smith lives and works in New York City.

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