Contemporary Art

At The Reading Room


The Magician
an epic graphic novel by Chris Byrne
April 26 — May 17, 2014
reception on Thursday, May 1 from 7 to 9 pm
talk by publisher Ed Marquand at 7:30 pm

Please join us to celebrate the Dallas debut of Dallas Art Fair co-founder Chris Byrne’s The Magician (Marquand Books) on Thursday, May 1 from 7 to 9 pm at The Reading Room, 3715 Parry Avenue, Dallas.

The Magician is an epic graphic novel, a bookmaking tour de force, a mesmerizing art object, and the completion of over a decade-long obsession of Byrne. This enigmatic box of wonders houses a dozen separate publications, printed and hand bound using a variety of techniques.

The publisher Ed Marquand will talk about the making of the book at 7:30 pm. His interest in engaging new technologies and materials to push the limitations of book arts allowed this project to happen. The Magician is an edition of 20 with five artist’s proofs, designed by Chris Byrne and Scott Newton and produced by Paper Hammer Studios in Tieton, Washington.