R.B. Kitaj’s Covers for a Small Library @ LACMA


Starting December 18, LACMA will open its Arts of the Americas building to artist and bibliophile R.B. Kitaj’s literary collection of photographic prints. The exhibition will revolve around the artist’s arguable magnum opus: a portfolio of 50 screenprints of select books entitled In Our Time: Covers for a Small Library After the Life for the Most Part.

Each of Kitaj’s prints depicts signs of wear and age, presenting worn bindings, torn book jackets, and stained pages. Displayed pages derive from a variety of genres and sources, ranging from Ezra Pound’s How to Read to the city of Burbank’s annual budget for 1968-69, evincing the scope of the artist’s fervent appreciation.

The portfolio will be displayed in its entirety, demonstrating a novel understanding of book as object and a comprehensive connection between literature and visual arts.

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R.B. Kitaj’s Covers for a Small Library
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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