Review : Ritual Reading Room by Edith Newhall

a selection of books from RiTUAL exhibition
Friday, December 6, 2013
Saturday, January 25, 2014


110 CHURCH gallery, on Church Street in Old City, may qualify as Philadelphia's smallest gallery, but it never fails to make the most of its petite white space. Case in point: "Ritual Reading Room, 100 Artists/200 Books," a monumental gathering of artists' books so ingeniously installed that, instead of throwing your hands up at the sheer volume of work, you can't help but be drawn to all of these minuscule books arranged on the walls and narrow tables in tidy grids.

Notices and open calls posted by the gallery asked for books on the theme of ritual, to be constructed from a single-sheet surface no larger than 11 by 7 inches. More than 100 artists and designers responded. Some artists broke the rules, but rules are made to be broken.

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110 CHURCH gallery, 110 Church St., 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays;  noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. 267-871-9375 or Through Jan. 25.

Book artists left to right: Clair Oaks, Barbara HockerAllison Bogard


United States
110 Church Street
Philadelphia 19106