Yale University Library | Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library
Drawn from the Faber Birren Collection of Books on Color, this exhibition explores how the discipline of color theory has influenced the makers of contemporary artists’ books and livre d’artiste. Book artists have engaged color theory in a rigorous, yet not specifically scientific, manner. How has the work of important color theorists been employed by book artists? How have more ephemeral, but equally important, color resources, such as paint chip catalogs, inspired works of art in the book form? How has research into color preference and visual phenomena been interpreted by artists?
The extensive examples in the exhibition will explore three major trends in this surprisingly fertile sub-category of book art. The first section looks at bookworks that embrace systems of color, particularly by well-known figures in the history of color theory. Many of these works are an homage to the theorist’s original work. The second section emphasizes conceptual bookworks. The artists’ books in the third section reference color nomenclature or identification. As works of art, all of the bookworks on display defy easy categorization; many of the works have characteristics of more than one category.
Robert B Haas Family Arts Library hours:
Monday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Friday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
NOTE: Closed Sunday, January 6; Saturday, January 12; Monday, January 21; Saturday, March 9; Sunday, March 10, Saturday, March 16; Sunday, March 17; Saturday, March 23; Friday, March 29