Death Landscapes by Hubert Humka (designed by Aneta Kowalczyk) is one of the 50 books that have been nominated by 13 experts from 10 European countries for the Prix Bob Calle 2019 du livre d'artiste. The prize, founded by the Bob Calle Association in 2017, aims to promote an artist’s book as a specific form of artistic expression. It is also intended to strengthen its position in the international arena.
All books nominated for the Prix Bob Calle 2019 will be on display at the library of the Paris Academy of Fine Arts (14 rue Bonaparte) between March 11 and 29. They will be judged by the jury composed of: Martine Aboucaya (gallerist), Jean-Michel Alberola (artist), Françoise Billarant (collector, co-host of the Le Silo collection in Marines), Christian Boltanski (artist), Laurence Dumaine Calle (President of the Bob Calle Association), Line Herbert-Arnaud, PhD (art historian, critic and curator), Jean Yves Lacroix (writer, translator and bookseller, member of the ILAB), Florence Loewy (gallerist and bookseller specialising in artist’s books), Jean de Loisy (Director of the Paris Academy of Fine Arts), Didier Mathieu (Director of the Centre of Artist's books CDLA), Alfred Pacquement (National Modern Art Museum, Honorary Director at the Pompidou Centre in Paris), Jean-Marc Prevost (curator and director of the Carré d'Art museum in Nîmes), Hubert Renard (artist) and Bertrand Schefer (writer and translator). The winners will be announced during the gala on March 13.
Robert Calle (1920-2015) was a renowned surgeon-oncologist and a long-time director of the Pierre and Marie Curie Hospital in Paris. But his second life passion was collecting contemporary art, especially artist’s books, understood as an original piece of art designed in the form of a book. Founder and first director of the Carré d'Art museum in Nîmes, France.
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