Since the early 2000s, artist Carol Bove has been making assemblages of books, magazines, and other curios. Her work on view in America Is Hard to See, Adventures in Poetry (2002), exhumes an archive of dog-eared volumes from the 60s culled from thrift shops and garage sales—from Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore’s The Medium is the Massage to Kenneth Anger’s Hollywood Babylon.

Carol Bove (b. 1971), Adventures in Poetry, 2002. Three wood shelves with metal brackets, twenty-nine books, nine periodicals, and a plexiglass cube with paper, 34 × 86 × 10 in. (86.4 × 218.4 × 25.4 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; promised gift of David and Monica Zwirner  P.2014.1a-c. © Carol Bove

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