Haim Steinbach (born 1944 in Rehovot, Israel) is best known for his assemblages of found objects, placed carefully on highly colored and crafted shelves of his own design. Beginning in the 1970s, Steinbach focused on the vernacular, particularly in American subcultures, and has gained a following for his witty juxtapositions of high and low. The isolation of objects and their placement, however, are much more than design critiques on… Read more
About the artwork
OBJECT is a board book that almost forms a sandwich—with a hole punched in the middle. Each page reproduces one object selected by Steinbach, and photographed head-on, as a portrait. The 61 images in this 2kg book constitute one of the most moving and autobiographical accounts of Steinbach's personal journey, one that has been focused on the selection and arranging of everyday objects. Exploring the psychological, aesthetic, cultural, and ritualistic aspect of objects, OBJECT is a picture book, a dictionary, a self-portrait, and a lesson in art making.