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NMWA National Museum of Women in the Arts Exhibits Artists’ Books in Bound to Amaze: Inside a Book-Collecting Career

Jun 19 2018

WASHINGTON—The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) presents Bound to Amaze: Inside a Book-Collecting Career, on view July 20–Nov. 25, 2018. Curator Emerita Krystyna Wasserman assembled NMWA’s collection of more than 1,000 artists’ books over a 30-year period. This focus exhibition celebrates her vision and features 20 notable artists’ books from the museum’s expansive collection.

“This presentation offers a glimpse into Krystyna Wasserman’s curatorial process, focusing on the friendships she has built with artists through the years based on their shared passion for the book art genre,” said Chief Curator Kathryn Wat. “Through her expert work, NMWA has become a world-renowned repository for this dynamic and highly expressive art form.”

Although Wasserman procured exquisite texts made through the time-honored processes of printing and binding, Bound to Amaze centers on her discovery of books that incorporate inventive techniques such as piercing, pleating, curling and tying. A number of featured works are dramatically sculptural in form, made from materials including linen, wood and semi-precious stone. Accordion book structures, such as Dido and Aeneas (1989) by Claire Van Vliet (b. 1933), unfold to reveal all of their drama simultaneously. Green Salad (2001) by Katherine Glover (b. 1947) comprises a wooden salad bowl filled with green leaves of paper and a poem about the artist’s son nestled inside the leaves.

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