Robbin Ami Silverberg

Reading Hot Spots in New York City

Robbin Ami Silverberg

Reading Hot Spots in New York City



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Digital print, Handmade paper


Dobbin Mill paper




Artist Book


14 × 9.5 × 2 in


New York, NY

$ 4,800.00


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Art Institute of Chicago

Library of Congress (LoC)

In 2012 I received a map in the mail from the National Book Foundation called Reading Hot Spots in New York City. I had recently finished a set of artist books made of maps and I knew that I must do something with this extraordinary find, which evolved into a box set with 2 books and a set of cards.

The focus was on book collections, starting with my own. Appropriating a sentence from a selection of 340 books in my personal library, each sentence from another numbered page, I created a text, that was then color-coded and printed in one half of the dos á dos book, 340B: Sentences. In 340A, the titles & authors of these books are listed, along with the page number where the sentence was found.

A set of cards are also found in the box, containing those sentences pertaining to books & reading, along with images of many of my favorite bookshelves in New York City (from the Spencer Collection at the NYPL to a Time Square magazine rack).

The second book consists of the Reading Hot Spots map that I filigree-cut, refolded, and sewed into a double pamphlet book structure, with a 3rd selection of those sentences to create a shorter playful narrative.  Together, these 3 components are an homage to my world of books in my beloved New York City.

Dobbin Mill papers with embedded pieces of Brooklyn Museum Library catalog cards, archival inkjet photos & text, map, book cloth & ribbon