The Book in All Its Guises

The exhibition “Celebrating 100 Years” currently on display at the Stephen A. Schwarzman branch of the New York Public Library showcases over 250 rare books and artifacts from the library’s research collections. Included in the exhibit are several artists’ books, a genre I am increasingly fascinated by as I work on newquill.

Maya Lin’s Hammond Gold Medallion World Atlas (2009) imagines new topographies of existing landforms:

Vladimir Mayakovsky’s Dlia Golosa (For the Voice) (1923) contains thirteen agitprop poems linked together with a thumb index to aid in public recitation:

And Joan Miró’s lithographs provide a whimsical counterpoint to Tristan Tzara’s surrealist poetry in Parler Seul (1950):

What would these works look like if they were conceived of as multimedia eBooks?


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