Visual Arts Center Hosts Exhibition Examining The “Book” In Contemporary Art

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Thomas Broadbent, Fall, 2011 68.25 in. x 47 in., watercolor on paper

SUMMIT–The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will host “Bibliomania,” a new exhibition examining the myriad ways contemporary artists feature books as the subject of their art. A “book” used to be defined as a number of printed or written pages bound together along one edge, protected by covers. Today, the concept of the book continues to evolve and expand, most notably in the direction of digital media.

Interestingly, many contemporary artists are making art about books—photographing them, arranging them, drawing and painting them, dissecting them and making sculptural facsimiles of them—always finding various ways to address the book as subject matter for their work. Ironically, while the content of books becomes increasingly more accessible with the advent of electronic readers e-books and digitized books, artists seem to be paying more attention to the book as an object.

The show’s featured artists include Richard Baker; Thomas Broadbent; Ryan Brown; Joy Garnett; Nina Katchadourian; Brandon Lattu; Björn Meyer-Ebrecht; Abelardo Morell; Mickey Smith; and Jude Tallichet.

The exhibition runs until Dec. 11. There will be an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14.

The Visual Arts Center will hold two programs related to “Bibliomania.”

Panel Discussion: The Future of the Book
Oct. 27, 7-9 p.m.
A distinguished panel of experts will explore the future of the book in a digital age.

Accordion Book Mania
Nov. 13, 1-4 p.m.
Artist Erin Sweeney leads a creative book arts project open to all.

The Visual Arts Center is located at 68 Elm Street in Summit. Gallery Hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call to confirm holiday hours. Suggested admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors or kids $3. Art Center members are admitted free.

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