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Off the Shelf: Artists' Books in the Henry Moore Institute Research Library

3 March – 30 April 2017

A small selection of artists’ books from the collection are on display in the Library to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, held this year at the Tetley in Leeds.

The Space of the Page, a key exhibition of artists’ books held at the Institute in 1997, had a major influence on direction and planning of the fair so we are delighted to be involved in the twentieth anniversary programme.

All of the books on display deal with language and explore artists’ interest in words in connection with sculptural practice. Works by Liliane Lijn, Gilbert and George, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Hamish Fulton, Cerith Wyn Evans and James Lee Byars, David Bellingham, Susan Hiller, Eduardo Paolozzi and Lawrence Weiner are included in the display.

These represent just a fraction of the artists’ books we hold. Many more are to be found on the shelves in the reading rooms and we invite anyone with an interest in sculpture and artists' books to visit, read, handle and enjoy the collection.