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Artists' Books

Artists' Books Collection at the University of Oregon Libraries

About the Exhibit

This exhibit in the Design Library highlights artists' books that relate to themes in this year's common reading selection, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The books on view address race, identity, privilege, capitalism, education, diaspora, and family - as lived, studied, observed, and expressed by a variety of artists.

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Featured Artists' Book

Partially open flagbook by Elsi Vassdal Ellis called "Girt, Retha, & Me."

A featured artists' book is Girt, Retha & Me by Elsi Vassdal Ellis. This is a flagbook that uses journal entries and images from antique shops to tell the story of farming families in the 1920s United States. To see the book, or others by EVE Press, contact the Design Library.


Images of books in You Must Never Look Away From This

X by Sue Coe

Interior image of

The Machinery of State: 20th Century U.S. Presidents by Jim Clinefelter

The 0.1% Factor by Elsi Vassdal Ellis

Beauty's Only Screen Deep by John Fekner

ID Identity: An Activity Book by Dale Gronso

Life in Prison by Kartoon Kings

Colored People by Adrian Piper

Drowning by Lisa Beth Robinson

Urban Poetry NYC: A Photographic Essay by Laura Russell

Freedom, A Fable by Kara Walker

In the Event Anyone Disappears by Bisa Washington

Interior image from Doug Rickard's book

All Eyes on Me by Doug Rickard

Books in the Exhibition

Other Library Resources

Library Resources on the Artists

Michael Ray Charles

Sue Coe

Kartoon Kings

Robbie McClaran

Adrian Piper

Doug Rickard

Kara Walker

Carrie Mae Weems