Book Number 143, Untitled December 1989 Keith Smith, American, born 1938 Artist’s book with blank pages; piano hinge binding with gold foil-stamped pencils as rods Courtesy of Scott McCarney
Keith Smith: Word Play
February 15–July 6, 2018Explore the ways in which contemporary artist Keith Smith uses word play, poetry, typography, and sequencing to create surprising relationships between image and text in his artist’s books. Since the mid-1960s, Smith has created over 300 books. While the bulk of his oeuvre consists of one-of-a-kind artist’s books, he has also published small-edition works and book-length poems along with short dictionaries made for his personal use while writing. Smith is also known for his textbooks for aspiring book artists, including the influential Structure of the Visual Book and Text in the Book Format. Based on years of creative exploration, teaching, and collaboration, these self-published instructional texts are also available to view in the Museum’s Library. The installation complements Keith Smith at Home, on view in the Julian Levy Gallery February 17–July 8, 2018.