Painting at the Edge of the World is in fact two books bound as one: a collection of essays that explore the contemporary status of painting and a collection of artists’ works specific to the exhibition. The essays are bound as french-folded sheets that literalize the exhibition’s title, allowing images to wrap the edge of the page. The second section contains a series of gate-fold pages for each of the 30 artists included in the exhibition. Both devices allow for a more dramatic presentation of the art. Whenever possible paintings are presented as objects—not merely as flattened graphic images; thus, paintings are not cropped at the picture’s edge, as is the usual custom.
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