THE BOOK AS ART Twenty Years of Artists’ Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts 27 Oct 2006 – 4 Feb 2007

interview with book artist Audrey Niffenegger about her own experience as a visual and literary artist

fig.: Endangered Species
, 1999, Lois Morrison (American, b. 1934). Cloth over board, color-copied drawings, Gocco prints and paper, corrected with colored pens. 9 x 7 x ½ in. Edition of 25; Published by the artist, Leonia, New Jersey. Gift of Lois Pollard Price.

The exhibition presents the book as content container which offers much more than the meaning of words. The physical form of the objects - often with sculptures inside -involves the reader actively in the viewing process. The Book as Art features 108 selected artists’ books, by 86 artists, from 12 countries with works created between 1970 and the present. New Media makes it possible to present the Art Books for more visitors at the same time. The installation of the “Turning the Pages” program developed at the British Library in London uses computer animation, high-quality digitized images, and touch screen technology to simulate the activity of turning the pages of a book. Several books in this exhibition can be viewed in its entirety at the computer station located in the section Inspired by the Muses. more culture >>>