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The Future of Artist's Books and Livres d'Artistes

Copy #1 of the 26 published copies of Aberrant Abecedarium, by Audrey Niffenegger. 1986. An example from the artist’s book tradition. 

Paul F. Gehl and Suzanne Folds McCullagh on Artist's Books
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

6 pm

Ruggles Hall

Free and open to the public; no registration required.
Open to the Public
Conversations at the Newberry

This installment of “Conversations at the Newberry” starts with the notion that books have contained art, and artists have made books, for generations. But only in the late nineteenth century did the notion of an artist’s book (livre d’artiste in French) coalesce. Since then, artist’s books and livres d’artistes have been perceived as distinct categories; however, the way you distinguish between the two depends on your perspective and, in the case of Paul F. Gehl and Suzanne Folds McCullagh, the institutional setting in which you collect.

What is an artist’s book? What is a livre d’artiste? Are all attempts to neatly separate the two doomed to quixotic futility? What is their future? In this installment of the “Conversations at the Newberry” series, Gehl and McCullagh will discuss how the collecting strengths and missions of their respective institutions, the Newberry Library and the Art Institute, determine how they each define and collect the two genres.

Listen to the audio of this “Conversation.”

Paul F. Gehl is George Amos Poole III Curator of Rare Books, and Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing at the Newberry Library.

Suzanne Folds McCullagh is Anne Vogt Fuller and Marion Titus Searle Chair and Curator, Department of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago.

“Conversations at the Newberry” is generously sponsored by Sue and Melvin Gray.

Cost and Registration Information 

This event is free and open to the public, but registration in advance is required. Please register here