Small Inventions

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What is an Artists's Book? One answer is it's an artwork that uses the book the way a painter uses a canvas or a sculptor uses a block of marble. An artist's book takes advantage of the special qualities that a book can offer: sequence, flow, word & image and structure. Charles Hobson has invented ways to use these qualities to give full artistic expression to a wide range of subjects including poetry, history and myth. This exhibition of books shows the ways in which his small inventions have led to surprising outcomes.

This catalogue features thirteen Artist's Books selected from the fine arts museum's collection of thirty-six Artist's Books created by Charles Hobson between 1995 and 2017. Full color high resolution images and diagrams with texts by Mark Twain, Billy Collins, Barry Lopez, W.S. Merlin, Richard Wilbur, Eavan Boland and Roger Angell. 56 pages, Foreword by Karin Breuer, Curator in Charge, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Afterword by Stephen Woodall, Collection Specialist, Logan Collection, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts.

Softcover, 55 pages.


  • Item #978-0692172582

Tracey's Pick

"This catalogue is a little jewel and an enjoyable treat even for those who missed last year’s exhibition at the Reva and David Logan Gallery. It features thirteen Artist’s Books created by Charles Hobson between 1995 and 2017."

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