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UNC Art Library to Showcase Recent Acquisitions at April 16 Event

Artists’ Books and More
Special New Additions to the Sloane Art Library’s Collections
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Sloane Art Library, 102 Hanes Art Center
5:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, (919) 548-1203

Books that challenge traditional publishing models and formats will be on view April 16 at the Sloane Art Library as part of a new acquisitions evening.

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Artists’ books and photobooks from the Sloane Art Library will be on view during a new acquisitions evening April 16.

The free public event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with books that are new to the library’s collection, with an emphasis on artists’ books and photobooks.

Heather Gendron, head of the Sloane Art Library at UNC, will provide context by discussing trends in art book collecting and the types of research that make use of the collection. Art Library staff will also serve as guides to the books on view and share their own insights into what makes these books unique and interesting.

Among the books on view will be:

  • The Japan Project – one of only 10 copies of Brad Freeman’s two-book set featuring photographs and other imagery inspired by the artist’s travels in Japan.
  • Carpoolers – a photobook by Alejandro Cartagena, who photographed traffic on a major Mexican highway, looking down from a pedestrian bridge. His photographs, many reminiscent of a still life, show supplies and exhausted laborers in transit to distant, dangerous work sites.
  • Working on My Novel – Cory Arcangel’s conceptual book featuring tweets that contain the phrase “working on my novel.” NPR’s All Things Considered featured the project last year.

Books by local and UNC artists will be among those on view, including Team Evil; High Anxiety by Bill Fick, a Durham printmaker, and two books by photographers in UNC’s Master of Fine Arts program: Basement Sanctuaries by Gesche Würfel and Soak: Anything that Ails You by Eric Pickersgill.

Many of the books that will be on view were purchased thanks to private gifts through the Library’s gift and endowment funds.

For more information about the Sloane Art Library and ways to support it, contact Heather Gendron at (919) 962-2397 or hgendron@email.unc.edu.

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