Saturday, 11 December 2010

Never judge?

Never judge a book by its cover is fine advice in principle, and indispensable when you apply the metaphor to people: but for books, I think it’s somewhat lacking. Of course, what’s on the cover bears no relation to the worth of what’s contained within but, hey, you’re going to put that little tome on your shelf once you’re done reading it; so, much like the album cover, it ought to look lovely hadn’t it? We’re dealing with art, after all, so let’s not abandon the aesthetic entirely. Taking that idea to the next level is Penguin’s Never Judge exhibition at the Stolen Space gallery, in which literally lots of artists have reinvented the covers of some well-loved literary classics. Go once round before you ask the guy behind the desk for the list and figure out exactly which story that contemporary cover has to tell…

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