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Library Treasures: Artists’ Books

Currently on show at Llandaff Library ground floor

Library Treasures glass case publicity



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pop-up, pop-out, unfold, reveal

From a reproduction of the Victorian pop-up Lothar Meggendorfer’s International Circus to Charlotte Biszewski’s 2014 ‘Le circ’, Cardiff Met’s Special Collections house many books that only reveal their secrets when opened and unfolded.


This display can be seen on the ground floor of Llandaff Library and features the following work:

TALLER LENATEROS: Bolom Chon, Charlotte BISZEWSKI Le circ, Joyeb & Moyna CHITRAKAR: Tsunami, Young-Ju CHOI: Daily Express, Alex CZINZEL: Secret Exclusive Shame, Kate FARLEY: Inside Out, FRANTIC-HAM & contributors: Franticham’s Assemblage Box No 6, Katsumi KOMAGATA: Little Tree, Yeon Ock LEE, A place to go to feel the beauty of nothingness, Angela Lorenz: The Theater of Nature or Curiosity Filled the Cabinet, Andrew MALONE: The Observer’s Book of the Larger British Moths, Lothar MEGGENDORFER: International Circus, Sarah NICHOLLS: Tell the Bees, Billy O’CALLAGHAN: Staring at our Sun, Joanna ROBSON: Dracula’s Crossing, Dieter ROTH: 2 Bilderbücher Dieter Roth Collected Works Vol. 1, Christine TACQ: “Hatbox” A Storm of Stars, Jo WILSON: Happy Birthday Matchbox and Beside the Sea.

To arrange a visit to see the Artists’ Books Collection, or other items in our Special Collections, please email SpecialCollections@cardiffmet.ac.uk

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Artists’ Books for World Book Day

Looking forward to showing some of our artists’ books at Cyncoed Campus tomorrow as part of the library’s World Book Day celebrations.


The Library’s Artists’ Books Collection is growing rapidly, with now over 350 books. The term ‘Artist’s Book’ refers to books made or conceived by an artist – artworks in their own right.

Whilst many contemporary books have been bought for the collection, others have been donated or moved from the main shelves of the library into the Special Collections. From these we find that we have books representing each of the decades since the 1960s.  To celebrate this – that our collection covers fifty of the 150+ years of Cardiff Metropolitan University – we feature examples from across those fifty years.


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Watch this space!


Ground floor – Llandaff Library

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Georgia O’Keeffe

If your interest in Georgia O’Keeffe as been piqued by the current exhibition at Tate Modern (running until 30 October), do check the shelves in Llandaff Library . . . . we have wonderful books about her life and work. Most reside on the shelves at 759.13 OKE, though if you explore the catalogue MetSearch you will find more shelf locations – in addition there are links to online resources such as journal articles.


INC2968208: Georgia O’Keeffe, 1918 (palladium print), Stieglitz, Alfred (1864-1946) The Art Institute of Chicago, IL, USA   Bridgeman Images

To access a rich source of images from Bridgeman Education, make sure you are logged in to your Cardiff Met account.

71ITMqDv3vSIllumination: The Paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe, Agnes Pelton, Agnes Martin and Florence Miller Pierce

51PbPOxWKwLGeorgia O’Keeffe and New Mexico: A Sense of Place


Georgia O’Keeffe by Barbara Buhler Lynes

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Please Turn Over: The Artists’ Book

A Cardiff School of Art & Design and Library exhibition: ‘Please Turn Over: The Artists’ Book’ opens tomorrow in the Heartspace on the 1st floor of Cardiff School of Art & Design at Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Llandaff Campus December 4th 10.00am to December 18th 12.00 noon.


“Take the book, my friend, & read your eyes out; you will never find there what I find.”       Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journal entry Feb 18, 1832

Please Turn Over: The Artists’ Book is an exhibition of book arts work by students and staff of Cardiff School of Art and Design, which considers artists’ books as creative process, living archive and research catalyst. Also on show will be artists’ books from Cardiff Metropolitan University Library’s Artists’ Books Collection, some donated by Ron King from his personal collection, also works by other significant artists such as Gilbert & George, Ed Ruscha, Dieter Roth and Sol Lewitt.

open books

Also featured is ‘Open Books’ an international touring exhibition: the response by 16 artists to Chinese folding books.

Further to this, we look forward to welcoming Ron King, John Christie and Sam Winston on Friday afternoon to view the exhibition, meet with CSAD and Library staff and students in advance of LIVRES D’ARTISTES: THE ARTIST’S BOOK conference being held this weekend at Cardiff University.

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New Books: Exhibition catalogues and publications

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Avigdor Arikha: works from 1966-2010. Published on the occasion of the exhibition held at Marlborough Fine Art, 9th October-2nd November 2013. 

Nina Murdoch Enlightenment. Published to accompany the exhibition of the same name held at Marlborough Fine Art, London, 2nd-27th April 2014.

Julie Mehretu Liminal squared  Published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name held at Marian Goodman Gallery, May 11th-June 22nd, 2013 and White Cube, May 1st-July 7th, 2013. 

Bill Jacklin: paintings, pastels & prints. Catalogue of an exhibition held at Marlborough Fine Art, London, 6-29 June 2013. 

David Dawson: London: Wales: New York. Published to accompany an exhibition at Marlborough Fine Art, London, 11th September – 5th October 2013.

Sou Fujimoto: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 Published to accompany the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013, designed by Sou Fujimoto, 8 June-20 October 2013. 

On display until 6th February after which time they can be borrowed.  Follow the links to the library catalogue if you would like to reserve any titles.

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