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Part of an unfolded accordion book standing upright. Each panel is covered with a vivid red color and white print or illustration.

Detail of Love and Kisses Heart Book by Elizabeth Cleaver, 1979.



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About Artists' Books: Bound in Art

The Artists' Books: Bound in Art exhibition showcases one of the most diverse, yet lesser-known genres of artwork held at Library and Archives Canada (LAC). Featuring beautiful, fragile, rare books, the website makes these treasured pieces accessible to all and teaches youth that artists' books are an important means of artistic expression.

The exhibition presents a gallery of 10 selected Canadian and Québécois book artists, publishers, and collective workshops. Furthermore, a gallery of books offers over 140 artists' books digitized by LAC so that Canadians everywhere can view these works without having to travel to Ottawa. A collection of fully digitized works and 3D books is now available online.

The expertise and generous guidance of artist and historian Danielle Blouin were essential to this project.

As well, the contributions of many LAC staff were instrumental in the success of this project, and their efforts are much appreciated. A special thanks to Louise Tousignant, Elaine Hoag, Susan Lewis, the digitization team, and the Copyright Bureau.

We also gratefully acknowledge the contribution of the Department of Canadian Heritage, whose financial assistance through the Canadian Culture Online Program made this work possible.