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Ars Libri maintains the largest stock in America of rare and out-of-print books on art. We specialize in academic library collection development, and offer scholarly collections en bloc, as well as individual rare books and documents. Founded in 1976, it has an international reputation as a source for scholars, collectors, artists, and everyone else with an interest in the visual arts. Ars Libri covers all periods and all fields of art history, from antiquity to the present, including architecture, archaeology, photography, and the decorative arts. Our email:

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Mario Diacono: bookworks 1965-1974
Exhibition: April 7 - May 3, 2017 at Ars Libri Ltd. 500 Harrison Avenue Boston
Monday-Friday 9-6, Saturday 11-5

Opening reception 5:30-7:30pm Friday, April 7, 2017 (SoWa First Fridays)

Collapsing distant media, images, objects, languages, and cultures in unique bookworks became my way of expanding the language of poetry that a verbal text no longer, it seemed, could realize- and of exploding the book, by now evolved into a purely industrial object. One would no longer separate the practice of poetry from the verbo-visual (r)evolutions of the preceding decades, Futurism, Dada, Joyce, Surrealism, Neo-Dada, Fluxus, Pop Art. Instead of imagining a book illustrated by avant-garde artists, there emerged an impulse to incorporate the language of the visual and the objectual into the verbal texture. The word and the sentence, however, which are the fundamental instrument of poetry, no matter how fragmented, disguised, corrupted, destroyed, spatialized, materialized, morphed into a disappearing act, remained the impetus that sustained the work of language and a persistence of the book.

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