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.

A Dream, Elizabeth Willow
A Dream

For the Love of Books at the Huyton Gallery in Merseyside explores the fusion of image, text, graphics and the physical form.

Distortion of Time, Jo Howe
Distortion of Time

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.

Emily Whitebread, Search for the invisible

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.

Going Round in Circles, Jo Howe
Going Round in Circles

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.

Uncomfortable Subject, Jo Howe
Uncomfortable Subject


For the Love of Books will run from April 30 until June 30 at the Huyton Gallery, 34 Church Street, Merseyside, L34

Untitled, Rachel Gittens
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