Galleries of Contemporary Art
"The Way We Live Now"

"The Way We Live Now"

January 19–March 16, 2006


Events are free, but space is limited—register to secure your spot.

“The Way We Live Now” and Other Artist Books from the Polly and Mark Addison Collection, CU Art Museum is an exhibition that explores the curious medium of the “Artist Book.” This exhibition features books created by Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin and Susan Sontag, Chuck Close, Octavio Paz and Gunther Gerzso, Agnes Denes, Richard Tuttle, Andrea Zittell, Chris Ware, Peter Wegner, Hamish Fulton, Laylah Ali, as well as many other artists.

The exhibition highlights artist books created in the 1960’s through the 1990’s as well as recent works in the medium by contemporary and emerging artists. The books on view include classic pop and conceptual works such as Walasse Ting’s, 1¢ Life, published in 1964, which includes 82 lithographs accompanied by text and featuring many well-known artists such as Claes Oldenburg, Sam Francis, Roy Lichtenstein, Allan Kaprow and many others. The exhibition also features books by artists such as the Guerrilla Girls, Barbara Kruger, and Ida Applebroog, that address feminist and women’s issues. Works by Chris Ware, Lars Arrhenius, and Laylah Ali utilize the influence of pictorial storytelling and the format of the comic book, the graphic novel, and even the guide book, to create works that address with humor and satire, social phenomena and realities, while works by artists such as Richard Long and Hamish Fulton conceptually explore geography and the natural world.