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Artists' Books: Books by Artists

October 12, 2011 - March 3, 2012


"Elegantly installed..." – Art New England

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In recent years, much of the energy devoted to the production of unusually creative books has been flowing into a rapidly evolving category of diverse materials grouped under the mantle of "Artists' Books." These works of art in book form may be beautifully hand-bound and incorporate components of fine letterpress printing and traditional techniques of illustration. However, they aremore likely to move away from those earlier standards and use new forms of electronic imaging, innovative structures, and unusual materials. Any combination of new and traditional book-production techniques is acceptable in this burgeoning field. This exhibition is drawm entirely from the Boston Athenæum's permanent collection which is designated to be representative of the most inventive and successful artists' books being produced today.
Stanley Ellis Cushing
Anne and David Bromer Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts
This exhibition has been made possible by the generous support of Anne and David Bromer and Ann and Jerrold Mitchell​.