Charles Woodard (BFA, Film, Photography, and Visual Arts '09) exhibits artist's book at Gagosian Gallery in NYC


Contributed by Ron Jude

Charles Woodard's artist's book, The History of Photography in Pen & Ink (A-Jump Books, Ithaca), has been selected for inclusion in an exhibition at Gagosian Gallery entitled Ed Ruscha Books & Co. and a publication entitled Various Small Books: Referencing Small Books by Ed Ruscha (The MIT Press, Cambridge).

Gagosian Gallery presents an exhibition of Ed Ruscha’s legendary artist books together with books and works of art by more than 100 contemporary artists (including Charles Woodard) that respond directly and diversely to Ruscha’s original project. Organized by Bob Monk, “Ed Ruscha Books & Co.” has been drawn from private collections, including Ruscha’s own. Most of the books are installed so that viewers can interact with them and browse their pages.

Ed Ruscha Books & Co. will coincide with the publication of MIT Press's Various Small Books: Referencing Small Books by Ed Ruscha (2013), which documents ninety-one of the books inspired by Ruscha’s own, reproducing covers and sample layouts from each, along with a detailed description. Various Small Books… also includes selections from Ruscha’s books and an appendix listing most of the known Ruscha book tributes.

The exhibition will run March 5th - April 27th at Gagosian Gallery, 980 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10075. 

The exhibition was recently reviewed in The New York Times.