Selections from the Permanent Collection is an exhibition series highlighting holdings from the Poetry Center’s L.R. Benes Rare Book Room, including contemporary fine press work and artist books as well as important works from the 20th century and earlier. In winter 2012, the Center inaugurated Selections from the Permanent Collection with a look at oversized works.
Unusually sized books, whether very small or very large, visually signal the reader to take special notice. The “Big Books” displayed here claim the reader’s attention not by their size alone, but also by their exceptional design.
To make a big book is a costly undertaking. It is a sign of faith on the part of all those involved in its production that the work within, and the physical artifact itself, are worth extra time, effort, and expense. In the case of these stunning Big Books, that faith is well placed.
This exhibit, curated by Wendy Burk and Sarah Kortemeier, was originally presented in the Jeremy Ingalls Gallery of the University of Arizona Poetry Center from December 12, 2012 to January 30, 2013.