Artists often create masterpieces by carefully observing situations and social dynamics and then interpreting them in the best way they know. When the art is put on display, it is up to viewers to interact with it and draw their own conclusions. However, Bibliophilia … Turning the Pages, at the Absa Gallery in central Johannesburg, puts the 16 participating artists at centre stage as subjects of the work they have created. The exhibition explores bibliophilia — the love of books. The artists, all of whom have been involved in the Absa L’Atelier Awards, have each created a book — a medium not often seen on the contemporary art scene. Bibliophilia … Turning the Pages focuses on the often intriguing lives of artists as they tell their life stories. Some of their personal journeys are as intriguing as the subjects they usually depict and viewers are afforded a rare opportunity to gain insight into the lives of some of SA’s most revered artists. "The genre of artist book is very niche in...

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