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Ivorypress Meets the Warburg Institute

Founded by Elena Foster in 1996, Ivorypress is a unique publishing house specialising in artist's books. Originally based in Madrid, the multifaceted company consists of a bookshop, spaces for permanent displays of artist's books as well as holding contemporary art exhibitions. Education and public engagement in the visual arts is at the core of their mission. 

With the celebration of their 25th year, Ivorypress have returned to the heart of their foundation that is for the elevation of artist's books. Sixteen artists are to be shown in a multi-institutional exhibition to deepen the understanding of the medium of the artist’s book. Through extensive research and meticulous development in their artistry, each book is crafted to be an entirely unique and personal expression of the artist’s work within the medium. The process of making is an essential element to each commission- techniques ranging from rediscovered medieval processes to the most advanced modern techniques – each of the works are published as numbered limited editions. Ivorypress has commemorated the occasion by publishing a three-volume compendium of interviews, essays and coverage of artist's books over the past 25 years titled Words, Books, Stories, a copy of which can be seen in the exhibition.

To celebrate the partnership between the Warburg Institute and Ivorypress for this exhibition, MA candidate at the Warburg Institute, Francisco de Borja Herraiz Garcia de Guadiana met with Director of the Warburg Institute, Bill Sherman and Valerie Maasburg Director of Bookshop and Artist's Books Collection at Ivorypress to learn more.

'The Warburg was always a museum.' - Bill Sherman