Books on Books
Jérôme Saint-Loubert Bié
Photos, concept, and design by Jérôme Saint-Loubert Bié.
Text by Christoph Schifferli, Christophe Daviet-Thery, Jonathan Monk, and Jérôme Saint-Loubert Bié.
Paris, &; Christophe Daviet-Thery, 2011
11,5 x 16 cm (softcover)
260 p. (b&w ill.)
A conversation about 12 artist’s books.
In september 2009, Christophe Daviet-Thery invited the swiss collector Christoph Schifferli to curate an exhibition at his gallery. The show was called “Books on Books” and presented 26 artists’ books that are, in some way or another, about books or their representation. The same year, in december 2009, Christophe Daviet-Thery asked to Jérôme Saint-Loubert Bié to take care of the catalog even if this book works independently from the exhibition. He invited Jonathan Monk and Yann Sérandour to have a conversation about 12 books (Bruce Nauman, Burning Sall Fires, 1968; Richard Prince, American English, London: Sadie Coles HQ and Cologne: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2003; Wade Guyton, Zeichnungen für ein großes Bild, Cologne: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2010; Jonathan Monk, Cover Version, London: Book Works, 2004; Mike Kelley, Reconstructed History, New York: Thea Westreich and Cologne: Gisela Capitain, 1990; Allen Ruppersberg, The New Five-Foot Shelf of Books, Brussels: Éditions Micheline Szwajcer & Michèle Didier and Ljubljana: International Centre of Graphic Arts, 2003; Claude Closky, Vacances à Arcachon, Paris: Éditions Galerie Jennifer Flay, 2000; Alejandro Cesarco, Dedications, New York: A.R.T. Press, 2003; Martin Kippenberger, The Happy End of Franz Kafka’s Amerika. Tisch Nr. 3, Sankt Georgen: Sammlung Grässlin, 1993; Matt Mullican, Matt Mullican, Valencia: IVAM Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, 1995; Batia Suter, Parallel Encyclopedia, Amsterdam: Roma Publications, 2009; Yann Sérandour, Inside the White Cube: Overprinted Edition, Zurich: JRP|Ringier, 2009).
Jérôme Saint-Loubert Bié is an artist and book designer based in Paris. His work often combines photography with a site-specific approach and it is informed by his concurrent practice as a graphic designer. The central themes of his work focus on the reproduction of art works and the context of exhibition as essential conditions to the presentation and knowledge of art.
As a graphic designer, he specializes in exhibition catalogues and books by artists. He has worked with the following institutions and publishing houses, among others: Book Works, Centre Pompidou, Christophe Daviet-Théry, La Fabrique éditions, JRP|Ringier, Musées de la Ville de Strasbourg, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Le Point du Jour, Revolver, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König. He is also one of the founding editors of the independent journal Irrégulomadaire.
He has taught at Université de Paris-8 (fine arts and photography departments), Université de Paris-X (curatorial program Arts de l’Exposition), École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Nancy (art department), and for 9 years at École des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, where he co-funded the master program in graphic design. He is currently a professor of graphic and publication design at École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg