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[BKARTS] FROM THE SHORES OF THE ST. LAWRENCE TO THE BANKS OF THE SEINE - MASTER BINDINGS BY ODETTE DRAPEAU, PARIS, FRANCE



DES RIVES DU SAINT-LAURENT AUX QUAIS DE LA SEINE

(FROM THE SHORES OF THE ST. LAWRENCE TO THE BANKS OF THE SEINE)

Retrospective exhibit & recent works

MASTER BINDINGS BY ODETTE DRAPEAU

From May 31 to July 31, 2005, the Bibliothèque historique de la Ville de
Paris will present an exhibit of master bindings by book artist Odette Drapeau.

Odette Drapeau, the first North American to be honoured by a solo exhibit
at the Bibliothèque historique, learned and practiced bookbinding in
Montreal before going to Paris, where she studied binding with Henri
Mercher and gold finishing with Roger Arnoult.

The unique style of her work, the result of a constant effort to harmonize
the great tradition of classic bookbinding with contemporary sensibilities,
is proof that even the most traditional art forms have the potential to
evolve and become an expression of their own time.

The exhibit is divided into two parts.  The first is a retrospective of the
artist's career, consisting of fifty works especially lent for the occasion
from the collections of Library and Archives Canada and the Bibliothèque
nationale du Québec, as well as by private collectors.  The second presents
fifty recent bindings dating from 2001 to 2005, for the most part being
shown for the first time.  A particular feature of Odette Drapeau's more
recent work is her remarkable use of  rarely-seen skins from sea animals
such as ray and shark.

* Three categories of books will figure prominently in the
exhibit:  bibliophile editions from Quebec, bibliophile editions from
France and books about Paris.

Four installations will display the works in settings inspired by everyday
surroundings:
Chairs, Walls, Tables, Stairs will furnish spaces into which 22 of the
books will be integrated.  The conceptual presentation offers a fresh
perspective on the binder's art through the use of specially designed
display modules which themselves transmute ordinary things into objets d'art.

A catalogue of the exhibit will be available, published by Édition d'art La
Tranchefile, Montreal.

For additional information:
Jeanette M. Biondi, curator
7, avenue Querbes, Outremont, Quebec  H2V 3V7, Canada
Telephone:   514.270.4266
Fax:  514.278.0942
E-mail:  jbiondi@xxxxxxxxxxx





Odette Drapeau, book artist
From the Shores of the St. Lawrence to the Banks of the Seine
Retrospective exhibit & recent works
50 bindings lent by Library and Archives Canada, the Bibliothèque nationale
du Québec and private collectors
50 recent bindings from 2001 to 2005
at the Bibliothèque historique de la Ville de Paris
from June 1 to July 31, 2005

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