Norman B. Colp


Norman B. Colp was born in New York City in 1944. In 1967, Colp received his bachelor’s degree in art from Queen’s College and took classes at Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design. Colp’s work used a variety of different media and took a range of forms including a piece entitled 24 Small Scale Art Thefts (1975) in which he “borrowed” 24 door stops from different museums and galleries around America. In 1991, the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority commissioned him to make Commuter’s Lament or a Close Shave which is a poem and one photo displayed on nine tiles mounted on the I-beams in the transfer hallway from the IND 8th Avenue/42nd St. station to the Times Square subway station. Colp also had solo exhibitions held at Hundred Acres Gallery in New York, and Victoria and Albert Museum, in London, England. In addition, he has been a part of group exhibitions all around the United States as well as curated several exhibitions. Norman B. Colp died August 28, 2007 at the age of 63.

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Norman B. Colp organized the following exhibitions:

One Cubic Foot
A traveling exhibit of twelve three-dimensional bookworks. October 4, 1983 – October 28, 1983

Less is More
Limited edition and unique bookworks. December 18, 1982 – January 15, 1983

Back and Forth
small scale book art exhibits: folded book forms by Axel Heibel. November 1, 1982 – November 30, 1982

Rolled Into One
Small scale book art exhibits: scrolled bookworks by Basia Irland. October 4, 1982 – October 29, 1982

The Big Picture
Small scale book art exhibits: very small books by Susan Bresler (mixed media of ink, pencil, water & enamel paint resist, on paper). September 1, 1982 – September 30, 1982

Painted: Over Pages
Small scale book art exhibits: works by Jacqueline Freedman (all acrylic; on paper except where noted). June 1, 1982 – June 30, 1982

The Photographic Narrative
Small scale book art exhibits: books by Phyllis Bilick. May 3, 1982 – May 28, 1982

The Open Book
Small scale book art exhibits: works of Bruce Bacon — cast plaster, acrylic paint and some with wood or mixed media. April 1, 1982 – April 30, 1982

Stories Your Mother Never Told You
Artists’ books which feature a narrative line within a visual work. March 21, 1982 – May 9, 1982

It’s Academic
Small scale book art exhibits: works from Barbara’s Nessim’s class at Pratt Institute and Bruce Bacon’s class at the School of Visual Arts. March 1, 1982 – March 30, 1982

A DOZEN DAYS: Larger Than Life
A series of small-scale book art exhibitions: oversized books. November 23, 1981 – December 4, 1981

A DOZEN DAYS: Illustration & Text
A series of small-scale book art exhibitions: the work of Claire Van Vliet. November 9, 1981 – November 20, 1981

A DOZEN DAYS: Fresh Squeezed
A series of small-scale book art exhibitions: hand made paper books from Floriday by Claire Jeanine Satin. October 12, 1981 – October 23, 1981

A DOZEN DAYS: Expanded Stacks Compressed
A series of small-scale book art exhibitions: Susan Joy Share. September 28, 1981 – October 9, 1981

A DOZEN DAYS: Folded and Folded and Folded and Folded
A series of small-scale book art exhibitions. June 22, 1981 – July 3, 1981

The book as container. April 4, 1981 – April 30, 1981

To be continued
The sequential image in photographic books. January 16, 1981 – February 13, 1981

The Book
Seven artists/different visions. September 15, 1980 – October 18, 1980

Norman B. Colp’s work was exhibited in:

This day in history . . .
The 1995 annual Artist Members Exhibition.

In Antiquity the Inscribed Names of Deposed Kings Were Destroyed and Thus They Were Forgotten; [Not a Bad Idea.]
(1990) Edition #2
My books are all about the idea of sequence. Humor is frequently used and the art world has always been a favorite subject.

Artists’ Books from A to B
contemporary artists’ books for display in the HarperCollins lobby

Great American Anti-Novel, The
(1991) self-published; courtesy of Tony Zwicker. Edition of 10.

Center for Book Arts: The First Decade
an exhibition at The New York Public Library

Crazy Hair
(1983) 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches. Published by Hand & Mind Books, 1983. Photo offset; accordion format. Edition of 500.

To be continued
the sequential image in photographic books

(1979) 20 3/4 x 6 3/8 inches. 10 color prints. A casebound book. Number 1 exhibited from an edition of 5.

Book Makers
Center for Book Arts first five years

(1979) 6 1/4 x 33 3/4 inches. C prints. Edition of 5.

(1979) 6 3/8 x 33 3/4 inches. C prints. Edition of 5.