Blood on Paper opens

by Nikki Tranter

15 April 2008

'Open Secret', Anthony Caro, 2004. Ivory PressCourtesy

‘Open Secret’, Anthony Caro, 2004. Ivory Press

Opening this week at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum is Blood on Paper, an exhibition showcasing works by artists such as Miro, Matisse, and Lichtenstein in which books become the artists’ canvas.

The Guardian Arts Blog is raving about the show, calling it “a sumptuous celebration of the endurance of the book as one of the most perfect forms of art, even in the face of the nebulous digital age”. Arts and design magazine, Wallpaper, notes that the exhibition is “an opportunity to challenge our idea of what constitutes art and to re-examine the cultural significance of books, but perhaps more interestingly, and more simply, it is a chance to view a wonderfully eclectic range of lesser-known work by some of the most important artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.”

Read up about the whole thing here. The V&A website has some photos, too, of the various exhibits. If, like me, you can’t make it to London in the next few weeks, a Google Image Search will bring up a number of the exhibits, including Francis Bacon’s “Detritus” and Henri Matisse’s “Swimmer in a Tank”.

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