Mikhail Karasik is one of the most active and committed followers of the genre of artist’s books in Russia. Mikhail Karasik was born in Leningrad in 1953. Lives and works in St. Petersburg. His media are easel and book graphics, posters and objects. He joined the Russian Artists’ Union in 1988, and the International Gutenberg Society, Germany, in 1993. Mikhail Karasik has displayed his art at numerous national and international exhibitions since 1978, but has fully dedicated himself to artist’s books since 1987. Having provided an interface between early 20th century futurist publications and experimental publishing projects in the 1980s, Mikhail Karasik’s books are sought after by both private collectors and museums. Private publishing had been banned in Russia since the late 1920s, resulting in many decades of hiatus in artist’s book publishing and all experimentation in book form. Karasik’s favorite technique is lithography, but he also employs photography, collage and serigraphy. His main subjects are Russian literary avant-garde from the 1910s through the 1920s, episodes from the Bible, oriental and, specifically, Central Asian motifs, and modern Russian poetry. The artist frequently uses his own textual material which is, in fact, highly appropriate for the genre of artist’s books, where everything – the text, lithographic printing, binding and covers – is usually the author’s creation. To date Mikhail Karasik has published more than 50 books, albums and book objects.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

1990 Dostoyevsky Museum, Leningrad
1992 Union Gallery, Moscow
1993 Central House of Artists, Moscow
1993 Gutenberg-Museum, Mainz
1994 Cabinet des estampes du Musée d’art et d’histoire, Genève
1995 Anna Akhmatova Museum in the Fountain House, St Petersburg
1995 Yaroslavl Art Museum, Yaroslavl
1996 Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam
1997 The Scientific Library of the Hermitage, St Petersburg
1998 Sächsische Landesbibliothek. Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden
1998 The Art Institute of Chicago. The Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, Chicago
1999 Galerie Christoph Dürr, München
2001 Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts Moscow, Russia

Works by Mikhail Karasik are in the following collections:
Russia
Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow
State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
State Museum of the Art of Oriental Peoples, Moscow
Book Museum of the Russian State Library, Moscow
Russian State Library, Moscow
Central Scientific Theatre Library, Moscow
State Russian Museum, St Petersburg
State Museum of the History of St Petersburg, St Petersburg
Anna Akhmatova Museum in the Fountain House, St Petersburg
Russian National Library, St Petersburg
France
Musée National d’Art Moderne / Centre Pompidou, Paris
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris
Centre du Livre d’Artiste Pays-Paysage, St-Yrieix-la-Perche
Germany
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, München
Deutsches Buch- und Schriftmuseum der Deutschen Bücherei. Die Deutsche Bibliothek, Leipzig Deutsches Spielkarten-Museum, Leinfelden-Echterdingen
Gutenberg-Museum, Mainz
Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel
Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig
Klingspor-Museum der Stadt Offenbach. Internationale moderne Buch- und Schriftkunst, Offenbach am Main
Kupferstich-Kabinett. Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Kunstbibliothek der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, Berlin
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
Sächsische Landesbibliothek. Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden, Dresden
Slavisches Institut der Universittt zu Köln, Köln
Great Britain
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
British Library, London
Tate Gallery Library, London
Israel
National Jewish Library, Jerusalem
Switzerland
Cabinet des estampes du Musée d’art et d’histoire, Genève
usa
The Art Institute of Chicago. The Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, Chicago
New York Public Library, New York
Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California
Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, New York