"Book/Shelf" Exhibition

The Museum of Modern Art

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Organized by Christophe Cherix, Curator, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books, "Book/Shelf" features works that transform books through a variety of mediums and stresses an expanded notion of the illustrated book. The exhibition begins with a documentation of Marcel Duchamp's "Unhappy Readymade" (1919)—a work created when the artist, while traveling, asked his sister back home to hang a geometry book on his balcony in order to let the wind flip and tear the pages. It continues with works in which artists appropriate books by others, such as a sculpture by Martin Kippenberger made partly of books, and a copy of Duchamp's catalogue raisonné rebound by David Hammons under the title "Holy Bible." Artists who tackle the idea of books in film, sound works, prints, and drawings are represented as well as artists who have created installations that display books in public contexts.


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