Story: Dec 17, 2014
Students animate, illustrate holiday greetings on behalf of ...
CIA Exhibition: Nov 07, 2014
Fall 2014 Exhibitions
Story: Nov 15, 2014
Students capture two of the top prizes in museum's surreal d...
CIA Exhibition: Jan 14, 2015
35th Annual Scholastic Art & Writing Exhibition
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Warm wishes to you this holiday season from the Cleveland Institute of Art! Artwork created by Animation majors Brienne Broyles ’16 and Maria Ursetti ’16. Rea...
Story: Nov 04, 2014
New CIA building taking shape; set for December completion
CIA Exhibition: Feb 13, 2015
69th Annual Student Independent Exhibition
Story: Nov 03, 2014
New Uptown Residence Hall featured in CIA video
Library . Artists' Books
The Institute's nationally recognized collection of artists' books contains about 1,600 books from the 1960s to the present, and is international in scope. The collection is especially strong in early conceptual artists’ books and contains many of the most historically significant books of this genre, including Edward Ruscha’s seminal Twentysix Gasoline Stations plus an additional 13 books by Ruscha spanning his long career. Other important classics include Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler…(known as the “Xerox Book”), John Baldassari’s Brutus Killed Caesar, Michael Snow’s Cover to Cover, and Sol Lewitt’s Autobiography. The collection also includes artists who have focused more on the book’s physical characteristics, such as Emily Martin, Keith A. Smith, and Brian Dettmer. In total, the collection reflects the history of this dynamic art form since the genre’s emergence in the second half of the 20th century.
Most of the artists’ books are multiples – created by well-known artists (such as Claes Oldenburg, Carrie Mae Weems, Richard Long, Dieter Roth, and Barbara Kruger) as well as less familiar artists who have turned to the book form, or concept, for artistic expression, exploration, and experimentation. Materials used in the books range well beyond paper and include fabric, ceramics, glass, metal, bark, rubber, hair, and Legos® among other things. Words are not required, but words can also serve as image. The collection also has some one-of-a-kind books and some books made by Institute students and faculty. All of the books are listed in the library’s online catalog and can be most easily searched using the “Browse the artists’ books” feature.
The artists' books collection is broadly defined and includes books made by artists, created outside of the publishing mainstream:
Click here for a guide on making your own artists' book.
Sept. 29-Oct. 3 Accordion Fold
Oct. 22-29 Unconventional Materials & Formats
Oct. 30-Nov. 7 Flora/Fauna (Curated by CIA student, Claire Marks)
Nov. 11-Nov. 13 Pop-ups
Nov. 14-Nov. 21 Formats, Materials & Designs
All displays are in the library gallery from 9am-4pm, Monday through Friday.
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