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On view: 31 May to 29 June 2022
Monday-Friday 10:00-19:00
Saturday 10:00-17:00
[Closed Thurs 2 June-Sat 4 June inclusive]

Warburg Library Reading Room, Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB

On the occasion of Ivorypress’ twenty-fifth anniversary, one of their unique artist’s books will be on view in the library reading room of the Warburg Institute. Sir Anthony Caro’s Open Secret consists of a series of sculptures in bronze, brass, stainless steel, and grey cardboard, of which the latter two will be on view. Bound on one end, Open Secret is constructed not unlike a book, whereby it can be opened to reveal a special collection of poems inside. The portfolio is composed of three original, handwritten poems by Hans Magnus Enzensberger and a passage from Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice handwritten by the artist. 

Unpublished archival material, including correspondence between Caro and Ivorypress, will accompany the display and offer an insight into the process of making of the artwork. This exhibition establishes a dialogue between the artist’s book and the library of the Warburg Institute, as part of a multi-institutional exhibitions program taking place in museums, libraries, and universities across Europe and the United States during 2021-2022. 

This exhibition was curated by Valerie Maasburg (Ivorypress), Bill Sherman, Thalia Allington-Wood and current Warburg MA students in Art History, Curating and Renaissance Culture, Eleanor Lerman, Lydia Riley, Isabella Schwarzer, and Francisco de Borja Herraiz Garcia de Guadiana.

FREE ENTRY. ALL WELCOME. NO BOOKING REQUIRED (but please sign the visitor book)

Those without Warburg library cards should collect a red token at the main reception desk in the foyer.

Find out more about the project here