Bridwell Library at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University announces an exhibition of livres d’artistes, artists’ books, and fine press editions of the Bible.
Twentieth-century printers and artists developed aesthetic principles that articulated the power of the book to influence the reader’s experience of a text. They endeavored not simply to copy or illustrate Scripture but to embody it in a meaningful form. Whether austere or exuberant in design, these books were conceived to give countenance to the spirit within. This exhibition explores the book as a creative expression with special attention paid to artistic philosophies, the inspiration behind specific works, the roles of illustration and letterform, and the significant achievements of women in the book arts.
The exhibition will be on display from March 1–June 15, 2019 in the The Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Galleries at Bridwell Library. For more information, contact Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarian, R. Arvid Nelsen, 214-768-3440.