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ROEE ROSEN: THE BLIND MERCHANT. Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Ram Publications, Santa Monica. 312 pp. 27 x 20 cm. ISBN 9783956791864 In English.
Publisher's description: Internationally recognized Israeli-American writer, filmmaker and artist Roee Rosen (b. 1963) juxtaposes text and image, history and its revision in the publication of her artist book The Blind Merchant (1989-91). Produced at a moment when the idea of originality was being questioned, this compelling artist book shows that classic stories are open for new angles of approach that reflect the time of their reading. Composed of three elements: the complete text of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice; a "parasitical" text by Rosen from the perspective of Shylock running alongside the play; and 145 pen-and-ink drawings presenting Rosen's approach to the drama's staging and casting of characters. The artist uses the blind drawing technique to depict Shylock, the blinded merchant in this dramatic retelling of the Shakespearian tragedy. Blind Merchant accompanies a solo exhibition at Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2016) plus a foreword by Joshua Simon. Past Sternberg publications include the cult classic Justin Frank: Sweet Sweat (2009) and Maxim Komar-Myshkin: Vladimir's Night (2014).
Artist(s):Rosen, Roee
Indexing: Unspecified
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 175379
Paperbound $32.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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