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Maker(s):Friedlaender, Bilgé
Culture:American, born Istanbul, Turkey (1934-2000)
Title:Words, Numbers, Lines
Date Made:1977
Type:Artist's Book
Materials:Unbound artist's book with eleven silkscreen and collaged pages in a hard, cloth-covered jacket; 11 pages
Measurements:Overall: 11 5/8 x 9 in; 29.5 x 22.9 cm; Each Sheet: 11 x 8 5/8 in; 27.9 x 21.9 cm
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE/DATE/COPYRIGHT: inside front jacket, lwr. r. (graphite): © Bilgé 1977; EDITION: inside front jacket, lwr. l. (graphite): 15/100
Accession Number:  UM 1978.17.1-11
Credit Line:Gift of Bilgé Friedlaender
Museum Collection:  University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

Label Text:
2006 Curatorial Fellowship Exhibition: Word and Image
Bilgé Friedlaender’s artist book, Words, Numbers, Lines (1977), comments on the image as representation by replacing image with object and pairing it with its name. Affixed vertically to one page is a piece of red wire. Labeled “WIRE” beneath, it acts as a reminder of the difference between image and object. Another page features a printed, horizontal line, labeled “LINE” below. Here, the word is in quadruplicate, creating four additional horizontal and vertical lines, which collectively form a grid. Intricate layers of meaning permeate the pages. The wire’s relatively straight composition is, essentially, a line. The line, similarly, could easily be understood as representing an object, such as a wire. Friedlaender’s book thus at once defines and melds object, representation, and word.
Lisa Amato

abstract; books; collages; conceptual art; doodles; dots; drawing; graphic arts; grids; hands; lines; numbers; text

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Friedlaender, Bilgé
American, born Istanbul, Turkey (1934-2000)
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