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 David Laufer  (1950 - )

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Lived/Active: Georgia/Ohio      Known for: sculptor-satirical books

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from Moira Steven, Head Librarian, Atlanta College of Art Library

Laufer, a resident of Roswell, Georgia, makes one of a kind book sculptures, carved from wood and meticulously hand painted to look like real books. The titles, graphics, and subjects are all fictitious, and the subjects are by turns ironic, comic, serious and sardonic.

A show of his sculpture, "Whos Who in Megalomania," is named for one of the works, a book object satirizing our collective mania for directories,
with all their trappings of fame, importance and self aggrandizement.

He works from a studio that he calls Frog Holler.

The following is from the artist:

Roswell, GA 1950 Born, Cleveland, Ohio
1972 BFA Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

PRIMARILY KNOWN FOR: Painted wood sculptures of imaginary and satirical books.

2001 "Whos Who in Megalomania," Shelly Holzemer Gallery, Minneapolis, MN. (reviews, catalog)

1996 "Fictitious Texts: the Art of David Laufer," Hunt Library, Carnegie-Mellon University, Fine and Rare Books Room, Pittsburgh, PA (reviews)

1996 "Celebrate Faith and Art" a citywide show of art during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, Curated by Carol Graham Beck, Central Presbyterian Church. (reviews)

1995 "Natural Visions of Art," de Bray Chapel, Autrey Mill Nature Preserve (reviews)

2001 "The Book Unbound" Curated by Cathy Byrd, Agnes Scott College, (reviews, catalog)

1999 "A Book in Hand, A Book in Mind," Curated by Eleanor Moretta, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, New York, (reviews)
"Southeastern Juried Exhibition 1999," Curated by James Rondeau, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL

1998 " First Biennial of Book and Paper Arts," Curated by Betty Bright,
Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts Chicago, IL (review)
"Annual Members Show," Curated by Virginia Bartow, Steve Clay, and Deirdre Lawrence, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY & Connecticut College, New London, CT

1997 "Atlanta Biennial," Curated by Teresa Bramlet (Review, catalog), Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta GA

1996 "The Book as Art," Edith Lambert Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1995 "ARC National Artist Made Books Exhibition," Curated by Sally Alatalo
Artists, Residents of Chicago (ARC) Gallery, Chicago, IL
"Combined Talents," The Florida National, 1995, Museum of Fine Arts of Florida State University (Award)

1994 "Out of Bounds, Art as Books, Books as Art," Curated by Richard Minsky
Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT (Award)
"Millennium Arts Project," Curated by Willie Robert Middlebrook
Eleven East Ashland Independent Artists Space, Phoenix, AZ

1993 "Artists' Books and Art About Books," Curated by Eleanor Moretta
Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, NY

2001 Amie, Ms. Jennifer, "Gallery Crawl" Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine, On Line Edition May 30. (1 photo) (one color photograph)
Journal of Artists Books, #15, page 14 (issue devoted to The Book Unbound)

1999 New York Times, Sunday, July 11 "Books as Sculptures and Endangered Species.

1999 Atlanta Journal & Constitution, May 6, 1999 Home & Garden Section. "Garden Tour: Where Artists put Talents to Earthy Use," by Danny Flanders
1998 New Art Examiner, "Special Report: The First Biennial of Book and Paper Art;" November 1998, P. 20

1997 Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Friday, April 11 Weekend Preview, P7, "Punch Lines at an Exhibition," by Critic Catherine Fox (one B&W photograph)

1996 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Saturday, August 17, A&E Section "Laufers lovely faux books thought provoking" Review by Art Critic Donald Miller. (one B&W photographs). Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Friday, September 13, page 1; article: Leisure Section, D3 Review by Art Critic Graham Shearing. (two B&W photographs).
Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Thursday, July 25, City Life Section JE, page 12, col 1-4 , "Olympics and your Neighborhood" Review by B. Eric D. Taylor

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