Information Object

Exhibition Statement

Almost as old as the codex, the artist’s book has centuries of history. Artists have used the book as medium for exposing their images and concepts, which in turn challenge the form of the book as an information package and loops back to extend the idea of a book qua book. In this ongoing dialog between the artist, the page, and the reader or browser, the parameters of the book are bound; confined within the pages of a quarto or folio; or unbound; stretching and folding out beyond the reaches of a rectangular or square surface. This exhibition draws upon artists’ books from SMU Libraries collections and other institutions to ask questions about the book as an object in the mid-twentieth century, a period of great proliferation of artists’ book, up to our current time.