Artists Re-Imagine Libraries, Archives and the Book

See how artists and creative practitioners have re-imagined the concepts of 'the library', 'the archive' and 'the book' in their practice. Also check out our creative research resource The Hatchery http://gsahatchery.wordpress.com/
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A 35ft-high tower of 15,000 books about Abraham Lincoln has been built on the spot in which he was assassinated

Towering sculpture built on site of Abraham Lincoln assassination to commemorate the 15,000 books written about him

The Abraham Lincoln book tower stands 34 feet tall and 8 feet around in the lobby of the new Ford's Theatre Center for Education and Leadership in Washington, D.

A Certain Slant of Light: Spencer Finch at the Morgan | The Morgan Library & Museum. American artist Spencer Finch (b. 1962) will unveil a new, site-specific, large-scale installation at the Morgan inspired by its great collection of medieval Books of Hours—beautiful, hand-painted works that served as personal prayer books for different times of the day and different periods of the year.

A Certain Slant of Light: Spencer Finch at the Morgan

The Morgan Library Museum - Upcoming Exhibitions - A Certain Slant of Light: Spencer Finch at the Morgan

French photographer Franck Bohbot travels the world in search of some of the most beautiful book havens out there and so far has visited Paris and Rome.  He plans to travel to Europe and South America, North America and Asia next. His on-going project, House of Books, is just beginning, but he aims to “offer a new approach in terms of atmosphere, colours and composition”.

These are some of the most beautiful libraries in the world

Libraries are generally underrated as places to take some rare time out, sit for a while, read a book and admire the often stunning architecture.

French photographer Franck Bohbot travels the world in search of some of the most beautiful book havens out there and so far has visited Paris and Rome.  He plans to travel to Europe and South America, North America and Asia next. His on-going project, House of Books, is just beginning, but he aims to “offer a new approach in terms of atmosphere, colours and composition”.

These are some of the most beautiful libraries in the world

Libraries are generally underrated as places to take some rare time out, sit for a while, read a book and admire the often stunning architecture.

False Ceiling – Istanbul (2005) by Richard Wentworth

Large-scale installation by sculptor Richard Wentworth premieres at Indianapolis Museum of Art

An introduction to 'white: a project by Edmund de Waal' at the RA

This unique project in the RA Library and Print Room is an exploration of the colour white and the impact that white objects have on their surroundings;

Photographer Jamie Powell Sheppard and 'The Libraries Project'

Today, we welcome Jamie Powell Sheppard to the Library as Incubator Project. Jamie is a fine art photographer with a penchant for vintage equipment and developing techniques.

Star and flower shapes of hugely magnified bacteria blooming in crimson smears of the artist’s blood.

Bacteria from 300-year-old Ovid poetry volume inspires 'bio-artist'

Star and flower shapes of hugely magnified bacteria blooming in crimson smears of the artist’s blood.

“Portrait of a Library” by Doreen Kennedy. During July 2010, I approached the public library in Dalkey, Co. Dublin with the intention of beginning a photographic art project. My idea was to visit the library a number of times to document its contents. Across several visits I made over a thousand photographs. The resulting images have become a series of photomontage grids.

'Portrait of a Library' by Doreen Kennedy - on The Library as Incubator Project web site

Jena Priebe’s ““The Secret Lives of Books,” Installation at Mass MOCA. “And there’s an open book on the ottoman erupting with pages — spilling onto the floor and climbing up the walls. There’s so much energy in books, so much knowledge, so much power. You can put down your book and get up for a moment, but you’re still in the story, still on a different plane.”

The library, illuminated anew, in bold Mass MoCA show

A large installation made for The Last Bookstore in downtown LA. Bookcase by David Lovejoy, Flying typewriter by Jena Priebe.

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