From Venice, where my Mac is threatening to melt, here is a little assemblage of artists’ books and bibliographic exhibits from this year’s Biennale. Wit, delicacy, and crass humour, trailing plenty of loose ends–the Biennale in microcosm.

Books under construction in the Japanese pavilion.

A book by Irma Blank (1934-)

One of a number of books that had suffered appropriate fates, in the Norway/Sweden/Finland pavilion.

Detail of a book by Maria Lai (1919-2013)

A second book by Maria Lai: poets work in the dark.

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