The Luminous Interval: The D. Daskalopoulos Collection May 2011

9 x 10.5 inches, 208 pages, hardcover

Keywords
Art, Book, Collection, Gradient, Greek, Guggenheim, Kazantzakis, LaPolice BP, Luminosity, Optima, Radial, Soft touch

 

The Luminous Interval: The D. Daskalopoulos Collection catalogue accompanies the Guggenheim Bilbao exhibition curated by Nancy Spector and Katherine Brinson, presenting the work of over thirty artists from the collection. Available in English, Greek, and Spanish editions, the book includes essays by Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster, and Brian Sholis, and a conversation between Nancy Spector and Dimitris Daskalopoulos.

Building upon Nikos Kazantzakis's designation of life as the “luminous interval” between the darkness preceding birth and following death, the book itself appears to radiate light, drawing the viewer towards a visceral engagement with its unsettlingly soft, smooth surface. Shifts between illumination and darkness continue throughout the book interior. Large-scale typography is spaced according to a fixed set of intervals and placed over a hazy, bright orange-red circular gradient, simultaneously suggesting serenity and the urgency of life. Text typography is set in LaPolice BP, a contemporary adaptation of a 1742 typeface, used here for its unusual details which are only noticeable upon close inspection.

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