For the Love of Books
From the coffee table to the gallery: a new exhibition shows that art books aren’t just a way of presenting artwork - they’re works of art themselves.
For the Love of Books at the Huyton Gallery in Merseyside explores the fusion of image, text, graphics and the physical form.
Opening on April 30, the exhibition traces the history of art books. Early examples on show include publications by Edward Lear, the author and illustrator of the Owl and the Pussycat and a selection from Manchester Metropolitan University’s special collections.
The traditional bound volumes will be exhibited alongside the works of artists like Jenny McInally, Lucy E Wilson and Elizabeth Willow who push the boundaries of what is considered an art book. Each artist deconstructs and then reconstructs books to create sculptures and installations.
Curated by Tina Ball, the gallery hopes the exhibition demonstrates the power of the book to provoke an emotional response, even in the digital age.
For the Love of Books will run from April 30 until June 30 at the Huyton Gallery, 34 Church Street, Merseyside, L34