Smithsonian museum libraries exhibit African artists’ books

Artists’ Books and Africa: Unique Visions by Janet Stanley

Since artists’ books are not normally associated with African art, our goal in this exhibition is to introduce the genre and survey its “African” manifestations.  The featured books are from the Smithsonian Libraries’ Warren M. Robbins Library at the National Museum of African Art and the National Museum of African Art collection.  They offer the full span from illustrated nineteenth-century atlas folios to livres d’artistes to twenty-first century artists’ books.

Jack Ginsberg, Artists’ Book Collector Par Excellence

South African Jack Ginsberg has assembled a world class collection of artists’ books over the last 40 years and has created an online archive of South African artists’ books. He was interviewed by Christine Mullen Kreamer in Johannesburg on March 21, 2013.


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