Friendship from Once Upon a Time in Delaware/In Quest of the Perfect Book
Dimensions: 12 × 18 1/2 in. (30.5 × 47 cm)
frame: 13 1/2 × 20 in. (34.3 × 50.8 cm)
Credit Line: Acquisition Fund with contributions from the Estate of Maryalice M. Cregg, 2012
About: Throughout her varied art-making practice, Nina Katchadourian has explored systems, codes, language, and communication. Sorted Books is an ongoing project, begun in 1993, in which the artist surveys a collection of books, selecting and arranging particular titles so that they can be read in sequence as stories or poems. For the Delaware Art Museum commission in 2012, the artist worked primarily with the M. G. Sawyer Collection of Decorative Bindings—a collection of over 2,000 books acquired for their cover design and donated to the Museum’s Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives.
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