Teaching an Old Book New Tricks

In the age of e-readers, downloadable books, and audiobooks, do you sometimes wonder about the future of the physical book? The paper, print, binding, cardboard and leather variety? Marbled endpapers, illustrations, beautiful font?

Artists are teaching old books new tricks: taking worn, discarded or abandoned books, and interpreting the IDEA of the book.

Or creating the hand-made, hand bound art book, sometimes collaborating to include text and illustration.


by Brian Dettmer


The work at left was created by Brian Dettmer, leading light in his field. Brian is one of three judges who selected the 47 creations to be presented as The Book as Art, the first juried exhibition bringing Artists’ Books to that great celebration of the book, the AJC-Decatur Festival Book Festival. The exhibition introduces a new and exciting visual component to the largest independent book festival in the country from July 19 – September 20, 2013.


The Book as Art is presented through a collaboration of the Decatur Arts Alliance and the Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur and will be held at the gallery of the Art Institute.

Here are some of the pieces I am looking forward to seeing:

Arnovitz, Andi-1045974

by Andi Arnovitz

Beidler, Ann-1065156

by Anne Beidler

Stansell, Whitney-1064497

by Whitney Stansell

Hardy, Karen-1064399

by Karen Hardy

Demaine, Martin-1063958

by Martin Demaine

Holman, Shireen-1053290

by Shireen Holman

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2 Responses to Teaching an Old Book New Tricks

  1. Cheryl says:

    Looking forward to seeing the exhibition. It combines two of my favorites as well; books and art.

  2. Kat says:

    Spot on with this write-up, I seriously think this site needs far more attention.

    I’ll probably be back again to read through more, thanks for the information!

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