Never Judge a Book
27 May - 17 July 2016
Book related artworks by Rachel Whiteread, Bill Woodrow, Anselm Kiefer, Fiona Banner, Harland Miller, Michael Craig-Martin, John Latham and others on show at Richard Booth's Bookshop for this year's Hay Festival.
Meadow Arts has curated an exhibition by leading artists on the book in art at Richard Booth's iconic secondhand bookshop, opening for the launch of this year's Hay Festival.
Many influential artists have made work that uses the book as an object, questioning its function and form, often rendering it unreadable; what is a book that can't be read?
The works in this exhibition range from the poignant to the celebratory. Harland Miller's playful re-mastering of the classic Penguin cover offers a Pop Art, sardonic and sometimes nostalgic take on literary themes, as does Michael Craig-Martin's deceptively simple
Curator Anne de Charmant says, 'For me it is a great testament to the continued power of the printed, versus the digital, word, that so many artists still see the book as an incredibly potent symbol, not just to be revered, but questioned and endlessly explored. This exhibition is an eye- opener from that point of view.'
- Anselm Kiefer - Archimedes
- Anselm Kiefer - Coagulatio maris
- Anselm Kiefer - Noli turbare circulos meos
- Anselm Kiefer - Zu der stillen Erde sag: Ich rinne. Zu dem raschen Wasser sprich: Ich bin.
- Bernard Aubertin - Livre Brulé (on red)
- Bill Woodrow - Swarm 1, Swarm 2, Swarm 3
- Bill Woodrow - Open Book
- Fiona Banner - Jane's
- Fiona Banner - Sleep (ISBN 0-954-8366-8-5)
- Harland Miller - Love - Saves The Day
- Harland Miller - Rags to Polyester
- John Latham - Book in processed oil shale from Bing
- Jonathan Callan - Idiot Compression
- Jonathan Callan - The Birth and Death of Meaning in Clingfilm
- Jonathan Callan - Tomb for 71 Volumes
- Luke Fowler - Lester (Tenement Films)
- Mark Richards - Jenny, Ian, Simon, Steve, Ruby
- Michael Craig-Martin - Untitled (book)
- Rachel Whiteread - Untitled (Black Books)
- Sterly & Snell - Sound Books
- Sterly & Snell - Sound Books Performance - 16 July 2016