Lecture by Britta Konau, arts writer and independent curator
This richly illustrated lecture will explore the manifold forms contemporary artists’ books take, as well as the issues that are unique to this art form. Artists’ books vary widely, from bound books to scrolls, folded forms to collected items in a container. Many incorporate other art forms such as painting and photography, and often involve collaborations, especially with poets and writers. Artists’ books can be diaristic, narrative, or driven by form. Konau will discuss what sets artists’ books apart from other forms of creative expression and delve into the particular issues posed by their format, including sequentially and the need for handling. Examples will be drawn from book artists all over the world with a particular emphasis on artists working in Maine.
Britta Konau is an arts writer and independent curator of contemporary art. She was the curator at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport and held curatorial positions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, both in Washington, DC. Konau is the main author of Dreaming Their Way: Australian Aboriginal Women Painters, a contributing writer to the upcoming book Maine Art New, and is currently writing for Maine Home + Design, the Portland Phoenix, and the Free Press where her biweekly column art current appears.