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The Expanded Page: Sculptural Books from the Research Library Collection

7 June – 29 August 2021

The current exhibition in the main galleries, Portable Sculpture, prompted the Library to unpack some of the boxed and folded items in its Special Collections. The book-objects on display explore how a fold can change a flat piece of paper into a free-standing sculptural form. Included are pop-up books which reference children’s literature, accordion style publications which take the reader on a journey, and boxed items which challenge the traditional format of the book.

Items on display

Yoko Terauchi (b. 1954)
London: Coracle Press, 1992

Kara Walker (b. 1969)
Freedom, a Fable: A Curious Interpretation of the Wit of a Negress in Troubled Times
[Santa Monica, CA.]: Peter Norton, 1997

Anish Kapoor (b. 1954)
[Facsimile of sketchbook with paintings in gouache]
Paris: Editions Dilecta, 2011

TEA (Jon Biddulph, Peter Hatton, Val Murray and Lynn Pilling)
By the Way
Stockport: 1999

Kate Bufton
[Book transformation], 2010

Chris Drury (b. 1948)
Touching One Hundred Oaks, 1991