Artists’ libraries (recent)
“Comprised of approximately 7,700 titles from the artist’s personal collection, the Library was opened to the public by Anton Vidokle in November 2005 as a storefront reading room at e-flux, on Ludlow Street in New York City. It has since traveled to Frankfurter Kunstverein; MuHKA, Antwerp; unitednationsplaza, Berlin; Institut National d’histoire de l’Art, Paris; the John Moores University, Liverpool; and the Stills Centre, Edinburgh. The Library will remain on view in Amherst through December 10th, 2009, after which the books will be finally return to Martha Rosler’s home.” via eflux
“Unpacking My Library: 10 Architects & Their Books. This exhibit by the MAS bookstore Urban Center Books takes a look at the libraries of some of the most influential New York architects working today. It documents the architectsâ€™ personal book collections, offering an intriguing look at what has influenced them intellectually. Throughout the next 12 months a different architect will be featured every month, and the exhibit opened in May with a look inside the library of controversial architect Peter Eisenman, and currently features the books of Ric Diller and Liz Scofidio.” via Municipal Art Society of New York
“This is “FDIC Insured” a collection of 130+ cast off investment books from the Strand dollar racks, engraved with the logos of all of the failed banks of the Great Recession. The work is primarily old found books cut with the laser cutter, as well as some laser cut drawings.” – Michael Mandiberg
“An appropriation-friendly, image-rich, experimental research library. Independent and open to the public.” – via Prelinger Library Blog
“For Database Imaginary, the University of Openess â€“ an online, open source, unaccredited university â€“ inaugurated a Faculty of Taxonomy to work together with its other faculty (Cartography, Physical Education, Problem Solving) to investigate the naming and filing structures that permeate our lives. Faculty activities exhibited include take-away game sheets for playing â€œcategoriesâ€ and a distributed, anti-systemic library of readings about taxonomies and databases. Users are invited to contribute to and re-catalogue these readings. The Faculty of Taxonomy Library is exhibited within the Banff Centre Library.” – via Database Imaginary
The above projects are more or less actual libraries. The library, of course is also a site for many artists.