Artists' Books

An extensive gift of artists’ books, given in 1990 by collectors Isabel Ehrlich and Charles F. Goodman, forms the nucleus of this collection, which consists primarily of 20th-century editions. Some are the result of collaboration between an artist and a writer, such as Pablo Picasso and Yvan Goll, while others represent the cooperative efforts of many individuals such as 1¢ Life by Walasse Ting, which has 28 contributing artists. Among some of the recent acquisitions are The Vitreous Body by Kiki Smith, Paper Snake by Ray Johnson, and Such Things I Do to Make Myself More Attractive to You by Terence Koh. Many of these volumes include original graphics and handmade papers. Selections can be viewed in the Goodman Gallery, created in 1999, displaying works associated with the written word.


Max Weber, American (b. Russia), 1881-1961
Frieze (1919-20) from Primitives, 1926
The Spiral Press, N.Y, N.Y.
 Relief print transferred to copper plate
Gift of Isabel Ehrlich Goodman and Charles F. Goodman 90.18.31

Edouard Manet, French, 1832-1883
Fleur exotique ou la femme a la mantille (Exotic Flower or Woman with a Mantilla) from Sonnets et eaux-fortes (Sonnets and Etchings), 1869
Alphonse Lemerre, Paris
Etching and aquatint, iii/III
Gift of Isabel Ehrlich Goodman and Charles F. Goodman 90.18.40

Aubrey Beardsley, English, 1872-1898
The Baron's Prayer from The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope (1714), 1896
Leonard Smithers, London
Gift of Isabel Ehrlich and Charles F. Goodman 90.18.2

Ke Francis, American, 1945-
Deadly Night Gar from Jugline, 1992
Hoopsnake Press, Mississippi
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art purchase; Funds provided by D'Arts 93.2 © Ke Francis