With this exhibition Boreas Fine Art will explore the strong and direct connections between Conceptual Art and the art of the book.  Since the 1960s, it has been understood that the single essential component that all Conceptual Art needs is an idea. And for hundreds of years the book has been viewed as the primary means by which to transmit ideas of any kind, whether scientific, philosophical, literary, or artistic. Taking the form of a scroll, codex, score, patterned broadside, leporello, audio recording, manuscript sketchbook, or most recently as an electronic file, the book may be the final irreducible essence of conceptual art: an idea without a fixed physical object.

Purely Conceptual will feature work by significant artists working in the nascent conceptual movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s as well as conceptual pieces made by artists working today.


As a leader in the exhibition and private sales of post-war and contemporary artists’ books, prints, and editions, we are happy to announce the we will be exhibiting at the 2017 EXPO CHICAGO.  From the beginning, our inventory has included work by a wide variety of modern and contemporary artists whose work challenges the constraints of any single artistic medium.

Work by the following artists will be at the fair:  Mel Bochner, Inge Bruggeman, Sarah Bryant, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Sonia Delaunay, Peter Doig, Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Eric Fischl, Helen Frankenthaler, Mary Heebner, Robert Indiana, Sol LeWitt, Henri Matisse, Roberto Matta, Robert Motherwell, Blinky Palermo, Pablo Picasso, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Richard Prince, Edward Ruscha,Veronika Schäpers, Luc Tuymans.

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