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Hawn Gallery Exhibit Opening: Information/Object: Late 20th – Early 21st Century Artists’ Books

April 20

The contemporary artist’s book is a cultural phenomenon that has changed the landscape of artistic production. It has now replaced the livre d’artiste – a luxury item combining images with poetry or fiction – with works that are inexpensive, formally innovative, modest in scale, and frequently self-made by artists. Contemporary artists who explore the book format have challenged the form of the book as an information package, extended the idea of the book as object, and introduced a new medium of artistic expression. The tremendous explosion of titles of artist book works and zines has made the artist’s bookwork an accessible and affordable work of art, introducing key contemporary artists to an alternate audience. The resulting dialogue between the artist, the page and the reader is consistently up for grabs, expanded and transformed through unexpected formats and novel, timely and often controversial content. Drawing upon SMU Libraries’ collections, as well as publishers and collectors of artists’ books, this exhibition will survey the recent history of one of the most important cultural trends in contemporary art. For more information call 214.768.3813.