Once Upon a Time in Delaware/In Quest of the Perfect Book

June 23, 2012 - September 16, 2012

nina2 Throughout her varied art-making practice, Nina Katchadourian has explored systems, structures, codes, language, and communication.Sorted Books is an ongoing project, begun in 1993, in which the artist surveys a collection of books, selecting and grouping particular titles so that they can be read in sequence. The clusters are photographed and the resulting images are displayed in the gallery as a way to shed light on the unique nature of any private or public book collection. The Delaware Art Museum’s Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives traces its foundation to December 1911 and boasts over 30,000 volumes of books, catalogues, and periodicals, in addition to special collections. Working primarily with the Library’s M. G. Sawyer Collection of Decorative Bindings—a collection of over 2,000 books acquired for their cover design—this iteration, Once Upon a Time in Delaware/In Quest of the Perfect Book, marries the collector’s interest in the book’s exterior with the artist’s method of using the covers to explore the content of the collection as a whole.

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Somewhere in France, 2012
Nina Katchadourian (born 1968)
Digital C-print, 12 1/2 x 19 inches
Image courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco

Once Upon a Time in Delaware, 2012
Nina Katchadourian (born 1968)
Digital C-print, 12 1/2 x 19 inches
Image courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco

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Sophy of Kravonia, 2012.
Nina Katchadourian, (born 1968)
Digital C-print, 12 1/2 x 19 inches
Image courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco

Brooklyn-based artist Nina Katchadourian describes her ongoing project Sorted Books and her Delaware Art Museum exhibitionOnce Upon a Time in Delaware/In Quest of the Perfect Book.

ORGANIZER & SPONSORS

Once Upon a Time in Delaware/In Quest of the Perfect Book is made possible by the Emily du Pont Memorial Exhibition Fund.

Additional support is provided by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Delaware Division of the Arts