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    "At Once Starkly Modernist and Timeless,
    Hinting Even at a Pre-Babel Language."

    Frank Lalou. Eli, Eli. Nice, France: 1998. Signed, dated and with the artist's chop on colophon page by Frank Lalou. Quarto. Text in Hebrew and English. Issued loose, the unsewn sheets are laid-in hand-painted and hand-lettered Fabriano wrappers in black with red accents. Text primarily in black, with red, orange, and blue paintings and accents. Full page dye-cut illustrations with tissue guards. Housed in custom made red cloth covered slipcase with paper printed spine label. Each of the six sheets which make up the main part of the work have a small pencil number (1-6) on the lower right corner of the verso. Fine.

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    Frank Lalou is a writer, artist, and Hebrew calligrapher. All of Frank Lalou's modern-day "illuminated manuscripts" are eminently collectible, but in these bilingual renditions of sacred texts Lalou has truly found his metier. His particular calligraphic style is suited to the aesthetics of both English and Hebrew letter forms. His design also incorporates invented shapes which appear alphabetic but in fact only mimic the abstract features of a true written script. The effect is at once starkly modernist and timeless, hinting even at a pre-Babel language.

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    April, 2016
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