The Exquisite Book: 100 Artists Play a Collaborative Game

6 Oct
2010

The Exquisite Book is a project based on the Surrealist game called the Exquisite Corpse (similar to the old parlour game called ‘Consequences’ in which players write in turn on a sheet of paper, fold it to conceal part of the writing, and then pass it to the next player for a further contribution.) The book is a modified version of the game, played by one hundred contributing contemporary fine artists, illustrators, designers and comic artists.

There are ten chapters in the Exquisite Book and each chapter is a fold-out accordion of ten pages. Each of those pages has a piece of connecting artwork by one of our 100 contributors. Since each page connects to the next via the horizon line, we wanted to carry that through the book especially between each chapter. This way the entire book would be connected through the horizon line.

Each artist was given two weeks to complete their page. The process took approximately five months. The book was designed by ALSO and published by Chronicle Books in Sept 2010.

Artists: Mike Perry, Camilla Engman, Lab Partners

If you want to meet the artists and happen to be in the New York area, a big party to celebrate the launch of the book will take place in Brooklyn, at Powerhouse Arena Friday October 22, 2010 from 6-9pm. Confirmed artists for the event so far are: Julia Rothman, Jenny Volvovski, Matt Lamothe, Caitlin Keegan, Mike Perry, David Heatley, Katy Horan, Zach Kanin, Chris Kyung, Aaron Meshon, Leif Parsons, Betsy Walton, Arthur Jones, Jennifer Daniel, Laura Ljungkvist, Jen Corace, Deanne Cheuk, Carson Ellis. The artists will be set up at tables to sign books. There will also be an exhibition of prints of artwork from the book for sale.

Visit Exquisite Book for more book tour details in other cities.

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