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This display presents four artists’ books made by the Spanish artist Alberto Pina and Spanish writer Andrés Barba. The two met at the Spanish Academy in Rome in 2003 and regularly work together on artists’ books produced through their press, El cañón de Garibaldi ediciones. This display features four of their collaborations. The first three were published in Spain by El cañón de Garibaldi ediciones; the fourth was made in New York during Barba's fellowship at NYPL’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

Andrés Barba (Spanish, b. 1975) is a Spanish novelist, essayist, poet, and translator. He is the author of more than 15 books, which have been translated into over 20 languages, and the winner of such prizes as the Premio de Narrativa Torrente Ballester, the Premio de Novela Breve Juan March Cencillo, Premio Herralde de Novela, and the Premio Anagrama de Ensayo. In 2010 he was selected by Granta as one of the best young Spanish-language novelists.

Barba’s titles in translation include Rain Over Madrid (2015), August, October (2015), Such Small Hands (2017), The Right Intention (2018), and A Luminous Republic (2020). His most recent book, Vida de Guastavino y Guastavino (2021), is a biography of the architect Rafael Guastavino, Sr., which Barba wrote as the Jean Strouse Fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

Alberto Pina (Spanish, b. 1971) is an artist and printmaker who studied at the Complutense University of Madrid and the Academy of Spain in Rome, where he met Andrés Barba. Through portraits, still lifes, and landscapes, Pina explores methods for depicting reality in its broad and conventional normality. His work utilizes a perceptive and personal language, in which a certain metaphysical intention and a realism charged with serene melancholy coexist.


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Support for The New York Public Library’s Exhibitions Program has been provided by Celeste Bartos, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos Exhibitions Fund, and Jonathan Altman.

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center is made possible by a generous endowment from Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman in honor of Brooke Russell Astor, with major support provided by Mrs. John L. Weinberg, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Estate of Charles J. Liebman, The von der Heyden Family Foundation, John and Constance Birkelund, and The Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, and with additional gifts from Helen and Roger Alcaly, The Rona Jaffe Foundation, The Arts and Letters Foundation Inc., William W. Karatz, Merilee and Roy Bostock, and Cullman Center Fellows.

This exhibition is also possible thanks to the support of the Consulate General of Spain in New York.

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