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The Word Embodied: Scripture as Creative Inspiration in Twentieth-Century Book Arts
Bridwell Library at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University announces an exhibition of livres d’artistes, artists’ books, and fine press editions of the Bible.
Twentieth-century printers and artists developed aesthetic principles that articulated the power of the book to influence the reader’s experience of a text. They endeavored not simply to copy or illustrate Scripture but to embody it in a meaningful form. Whether austere or exuberant in design, these books were conceived to give countenance to the spirit within. This exhibition explores the book as a creative expression with special attention paid to artistic philosophies, the inspiration behind specific works, the roles of illustration and letterform, and the significant achievements of women in the book arts.