Event Title

ARTISTS' BOOKS: A SELECTION FROM THE CLEVELAND INSTITUTE OF ART'S LIBRARY COLLECTION

Presenter Information

Cristine Rom, http://www.cia.edu/

Location

Cleveland Institute of Art Gund Building - Lobby & Gund Library

Event Website

http://www.cia.edu/

Start Date

10-15-2012 12:00 AM

End Date

11-4-2012 12:00 AM

Cost to Attend

Free

Pre-registration required?

No

Contact Information (for registration)

Cleveland Institute of Art

GundBuilding– Lobby and Gund Library

11141 East Blvd.

Cleveland,OH 44106

216-421-7000

Event Type

Exhibit

Description

The Institute's collection of artists' books (started in 1981/1982) is a teaching collection of approximately 1,500 books representing the range of books made by artists and dating from the 1960s to the present.

The collection is especially strong in conceptual books as conceptual artists were the first to embrace the book as “art on the first order.” Many scholars consider Edward Ruscha’s Twentysix Gasoline Stations (which the Institute is fortunate enough to own) as the beginning of an identifiable artists’ book movement in theUSas well as an important starting point of conceptual art. In addition the library’s collection has other important classics of the conceptual period including as Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler… [known as the “Xerox Book”], Edward Ruscha’s Various Small Fires and Milk, Vostell & Higgins’ Fantastic Architecture, Claes Oldenburg’s Store Days, Martha Rosler’s Service, and Dieter Roth’s 246 Little Clouds.

The collection has some unique books and some books made by Institute students, but most of the books are multiples by well-known artists (including Sol Lewitt, John Baldessari, Kiki Smith, Francesco Clemente, and Hans Haacke) as well as less-familiar professional artists who have turned to the book form, or concept, for artistic expression and experimentation. The collection also includes sculptural book objects and elegant examples of fine press books.

The Institute's collection was also inspirational to Krystyna Wasserman, director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts Library and Research Center. "It was 1983 and I had just seen my first exhibition of artists' books at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Enchanted, I was determined to present equally exciting exhibitions in our future library …” The Book as Art: Artists' Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 2007.

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ARTISTS' BOOKS: A SELECTION FROM THE CLEVELAND INSTITUTE OF ART'S LIBRARY COLLECTION

Cleveland Institute of Art Gund Building - Lobby & Gund Library

The Institute's collection of artists' books (started in 1981/1982) is a teaching collection of approximately 1,500 books representing the range of books made by artists and dating from the 1960s to the present.

The collection is especially strong in conceptual books as conceptual artists were the first to embrace the book as “art on the first order.” Many scholars consider Edward Ruscha’s Twentysix Gasoline Stations (which the Institute is fortunate enough to own) as the beginning of an identifiable artists’ book movement in theUSas well as an important starting point of conceptual art. In addition the library’s collection has other important classics of the conceptual period including as Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler… [known as the “Xerox Book”], Edward Ruscha’s Various Small Fires and Milk, Vostell & Higgins’ Fantastic Architecture, Claes Oldenburg’s Store Days, Martha Rosler’s Service, and Dieter Roth’s 246 Little Clouds.

The collection has some unique books and some books made by Institute students, but most of the books are multiples by well-known artists (including Sol Lewitt, John Baldessari, Kiki Smith, Francesco Clemente, and Hans Haacke) as well as less-familiar professional artists who have turned to the book form, or concept, for artistic expression and experimentation. The collection also includes sculptural book objects and elegant examples of fine press books.

The Institute's collection was also inspirational to Krystyna Wasserman, director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts Library and Research Center. "It was 1983 and I had just seen my first exhibition of artists' books at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Enchanted, I was determined to present equally exciting exhibitions in our future library …” The Book as Art: Artists' Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 2007.

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