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Newark Public Library Fall Exhibit Will Showcase Artists Books and Book Art
August 14, 2008
Media only, please contact:
Heidi Cramer at (973) 733-7837

The Newark Public Library will showcase its collection of artists' books in a stunning exhibition: More than Words: Artists’ Books and Book Art from the Special Collections of the Newark Public Library. This exhibition opens Tuesday, October 7 in the third floor gallery of the Main Library, 5 Washington Street, and will be on display through January 4, 2009.

The exhibition traces the trajectory of artists’ book and book art movements from their origins among European avant-garde factions in the early 20th century, to the continued celebration of "the book as art" from the late 1960s to the present by artists such as: Maureen Cummins, Ed Hutchins, Allan Kaprow, Bruno Munari, Louise Neaderland, Kevin Osborn, Ámbar Past, Dieter Roth, Ed Ruscha, Clarissa Sligh, Bisa Washington, and Emmett Williams.

Often self-published or self-printed, artists’ books subvert officially sanctioned channels of production and distribution, and challenge established conventions of book design, structure, material composition, and content. Historically, the medium has given voice to minority and marginalized populations and individuals whose messages are considered too unconventional, controversial, or financially unprofitable to elicit interest from publishers. Conceptual and visual artists embrace the book as a means to make their work more accessible and affordable to a wider audience.

The exhibition is being presented in conjunction with RESISTANCE!, the Fourteenth Annual New Jersey Book Arts Exhibition and Symposium, to be held at the John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers University in Newark on November 7.

More than Words will be curated by Jared Ash, Librarian in the Newark Public Library’s Special Collections Division. For more information about the exhibit or related events, please call Ash at 973-733-7745, or email


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