Miriam Cahn. MEINEJUDEN
This voluminous yet easy-to-handle and pleasantly tactile catalogue for a Miriam Cahn retrospective masterfully translates the exhibition installation into book form. The paintings are compiled into chapters in the same way that they were hung in the individual rooms, with each chapter enclosed by a folded double-page sheet. By opening the flap, the reader enters the room and is led through a series of illustration pages (a handful of paintings freely arranged on a generous white background) and exhibition views (always double-page and full bleed). For both forms of presenting the work the captions invariably appear beneath the paintings, underscoring the analogy between the wall and the page. Some paintings appear multiple times in different sizes, giving the beholder the sensation of stepping towards or away from a wall. This dynamic movement is continued into the sections of text that follow, in which the font size decreases from text to text, increasing the distance experienced by the reader. The folded pages enable the reader to jump from room to room and share to some extent in the tremendous freedom enjoyed by the artist and the designer.