National Museum of Women in the Arts Presents Hard to Define: Artists’ Books from the Collection

By Editorial Team on November 20, 2017

Mon, 20 November 2017 - Fri, 23 March 2018

Julie Chen, Octopus, 1992; Letterpress on paper, 10 3/4 x 13 1/2 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Purchased with grant funds provided by the United States Department of Education; © Julie Chen
Opens: Monday, November 20

“What are artists’ books?” is a common question that can be hard to answer. Some look like books, but others don’t. Some are made from paper; others aren’t. Some have words; others don’t. But all artists’ books combine form and content in a way that conveys information. On view are selected artists’ books that are, by turns, magical, strange, awe-inspiring, confusing or humorous.

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