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Jonathan Callan - Idiot Compression

Courtesy the artist. Photo Stefan Handy.

Fiona Banner - Jane's

HD digital film projection, 2013. Courtesy the artist. Photo Stefan Handy.

Anselm Kiefer's work in Never Judge a Book...

Courtesy the artist and White Cube. Photo Stefan Handy.

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.'




Richard Booth's Bookshop
Lion Street
Hay on Wye


Richard Booth's Bookshop


Never Judge a Book... the book in contemporary art