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Unpacking My Library: Artists and Their…
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Unpacking My Library: Artists and Their Books

by Jo Steffens

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This is the third in a series of beautifully photographed books showcasing the shelves of creative types, offering a glimpse into the libraries and literary tendencies of ten artists. Editors Jo Steffens and Matthias Neumann have interviewed and photographed a selection of painters, photographers, sculptors, and installation artists in their habitats—from Ed Ruscha’s orderly shelving to Mark Dion’s towering piles scattered with keepsakes to Wangechi Mutu’s sprawling studio. Each discusses their reading histories and collecting habits and offers a list of “top ten” selections from their libraries. The photographs are vivid and detailed, and while at 8.2 x 5.8"the book is small for such an image-rich collection, Steffens and Neumann have considerately provided shots of individual shelves, allowing book voyeurs to easily read titles, admire typefaces and graphics, and appreciate the personalities of the subjects—not just the artists, but the books themselves.

This is more a novelty book than a comprehensive exploration of the connection between art and the printed word, but it will delight lovers of printed matter, habitual browsers, and those who always check out a new acquaintance’s bookshelves first. ( )
  lisapeet | Nov 29, 2017 |
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