Bookworks is a new exhibition that surveys books about contemporary artist book publishing. This exhibition brings together six of the world’s leading exponents to Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) from 24 July to 21 September 2019.

Exploring the connections between books, art and publishing from the conceptual, technical and

material form of artist books – their history, production, classification and distribution, it features the work of artists, graphic designers, book makers and publishers. The exhibition will also run parallel to other events such as host workshops and forums, as well as an independent art library.

Curator, influential Australian designer and educator Warren Taylor, has brought together a group of leading practitioners including Adam Cruickshank (AUD), Will Holder (UK), Olaf Nicolai (GER), Roma Publications (NDL), Batia Suter (NDL) and Ella Sutherland (NZ).

In addition, up to 800 artists books and publications from 100 national and international publishers will be exhibited in the ambitious Art Library.

“The Art Library will capture contemporary art publishing at a particular moment. It will be an

alternative space for research and design and explore systems of classification and collaborative

filtering through the intersection of print and digital media,” says Curator Warren Taylor.

A focus of the exhibition will be a survey of Amsterdam-based Roma publications, founded in 1998 by graphic designer Roger Willems and artists Mark Manders and Marc Nagtzaam. Born out of a close collaboration between writer, designer and artist, every Roma publication has its own rule of

appearance and distribution - from artist books, newspapers, catalogues, posters and prints.  

Bookworks will present over 300 Roma publications alongside a series of large format prints by Batia Suter mirroring a concurrent project exhibited on the Mauvoisin dam in the Swiss mountains.

Bookworks is conceived and curated by renowned designer Warren Taylor who is a lecturer in Communication Design at Monash University and founder of The Narrows – a curatorial project

interested in the convergence of art and design. Between 2006 and 2012 The Narrows presented

exhibitions by distinguished graphic designers such as Ronald Clyne, Experimental Jetset, John

Melin, Rogerio Duarte, Peter Brotzmann, Les Mason and Karel Martens.

Suitably, a new publication will accompany Bookworks, consisting of a guide book and full-colour

documentation supplement.

Discover the connection between books, art and publishing with Bookworks at MUMA before it ends this Spring!


Dates: 24 July - 21 September 2019

Time: Tuesday - Friday; 10am – 5pm, Saturday; 12 - 5pm

Location: Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) Ground Floor, Building F, Monash University,

Caulfield Campus - 900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East 

Cost: Free admission

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