Tuesday, May 1
Friday, August 17, 2012
“[Your Name Here]: The Ex-Libris and Image Making”
Also known as ex-libris, bookplates are labels pasted inside the front covers of books to indicate ownership. The exhibition explores the ex-libris through the theme of image making. Despite its small format, the bookplate is an inventive art form that inspires artists working in an encyclopedic array of graphic media. The bookplate functions as a mark of possession; however, this simple purpose belies how fervently book owners and artists consider the bookplate a vehicle for self-expression. [Your Name Here] examines both historic and modern examples of bookplates with a variety of motifs. It also uncovers how questions of authorship arise in the collaboration between artist and patron as well as in the act of collecting itself. On view through Aug. 17.
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