Book-Smart Art

Lloyd-D-George_PressEnglish playwright Alan Bennett once said, “A bookshelf is as particular to its owner as are his or her clothes; a personality is stamped on a library just as a shoe is shaped by the foot.” In Portraits Through Books, artist and Downtown Contemporary Gallery owner Walter Jacques Taieb offers a peek into the libraries (and psyches) of local notables such as gallerist Brett Wesley and the Mayors Goodman. Visiting the homes of his subjects, Taieb curated each owner’s collection—manipulating the order and arrangement for composition before capturing it in a photo. Taieb’s lens reveals volumes about his subjects, while simultaneously documenting that most endangered of household species: the bookshelf. The show runs through February 5 at Downtown Contemporary Gallery in the Art Square, 1025 S. First Street. For more information, call 358-7022 or visit