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The Perfect Union Of Art And Books

The Kohler Art Library is located on the UW-Madison campus.  The Artists' Book Collection was established in the early 1970s to support the Art Department's courses in letterpress, printmaking, and papermaking.  There are now over 1,000 artists' books in the library.  Some are one-of-a-kind, while others are produced in limited editions.  But Material Culture contributor Gianofer Fields wondered, what makes a book an artists' book?

Fields met with Lyn Korenic, the Director of the Kohler Art Library, who says that’s a tough question to answer:

Books discussed in interview: Everyday Road Signs by Carol June Barton, When I was Three by Sandra Fernandez, and Femmes Fatales by Maureen Cummins.

Gianofer Fields studies material culture at UW-Madison and is the curator of "It's a Material World" - a project funded by the Chipstone Foundation, a decorative arts foundation whose mission is preserving and interpreting their collection, as well as stimulating research and education in the decorative arts.

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