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Museum of Printing History

Center for Book Arts

For the past three years, the Center for Book Arts in NYC has been involved in a Collections Initiative, which involves the in-depth cataloguing and presevation of its fine art collections, amassed over a 35 year lifespan.  

Works by such artists as Ed Ruscha, Bruce Nauman, Martha Rosler, Barbara Henry, Pablo Helguera, Carlos Motta, Karina Skvirsky, and many other established and emerging artists are counted among the Center’s collections.

This permanent collection is now on tour nationally, currently at the Museum of Printing History in Houston and heading to Lafayette College in the fall.

The exhbition of artist books, prints, catalogues and  ephemera demonstrates the breadth and caliber of its collection, which will stand as a valuable resource for artists, scholars, writers, educators and the general public.  Marking the culmination of the three-year initiative, Multipe, Limited, Unique offers an overview of the history and development of book arts over the past 40 years, and examines the role of the institution in both nurturing and promoting innovative artists and preserving traditional artistic practices.