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

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Towards a Better Life from In Our Time: Covers for a Small Library After the Life for the Most Part, ., , 1969 Screenprint 31 X 23 In. © Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift of S. A. Feld through The Martin S. Ackerman Foundation
R.B. Kitaj’s Covers for a Small Library

5905 Wilshire Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
December 18th, 2010 - July 4th, 2011

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Art of the Americas Building, Level 3
December 18, 2010–July 4, 2011

The artist R.B. Kitaj (1932–2007) was a self-professed bibliomaniac. In 1969 his love of books provided the inspiration for In Our Time: Covers for a Small Library After the Life for the Most Part—a portfolio of 50 screenprints depicting the covers of select books from the artist’s library. Made from enlarged photographic facsimiles of the actual covers, the prints replicate evidence of each book’s handling and use, such as torn bookjackets, stained pages, and worn bindings. Kitaj’s selections include books of significance to the artist (like Ezra Pound’sHow to Read), as well as apparently random books or leaflets (like the city of Burbank’s annual budget for 1968–69) that reflect the idiosyncratic nature of Kitaj’s book collection, and of book collections in general. The portfolio—which will be displayed in its entirety—also speaks to connections between the visual arts and literature, as well as Kitaj’s and other artists’ perception of book as object.