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The Library of Unborrowed Books

SAHA Association supported Meriç Algün Ringborg’s new project commissioned by Art in General.


"The Library of Unborrowed Books", Stockholm, 2012. Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger
SAHA Association supported Meriç Algün Ringborg’s new project commissioned by Art in General. Entitled “The Library of Unborrowed Books”, the project is curated by Anne Barlow and will be on view in New York, 26 January–23 March 2013. The project, presenting hundreds of books that have never been borrowed from the Center for Fiction’s library, calls into question what subjects in any contemporary moment have ‘currency’ or desirability, and brings attention to topics and stories that have been temporarily overlooked but that could have their relevance restored in the future. Following its first iteration in 2012 with the Stockholm Public Library in Sweden, for the presentation at Art in General, Meriç Algün Ringborg made selections of books from the Center for Fiction, the only nonprofit in the U.S. solely dedicated to celebrating fiction. These books are now on institutional loan to Art in General for the public to access for the first time in an environment that emulates the atmosphere of the Center, but that is experienced within the context of a contemporary art space.

About Art in General

Founded in 1981 in Lower Manhattan, Art in General assists artists with the production and presentation of new work.


Art in General, New York
Founded in 1981 in Lower Manhattan, Art in General is a nonprofit organization that assists artists with the production and presentation of new work. It changes in response to the needs of artists and informs and engages the public about their work. Through its commissions, international residencies and free public and educational programs, the organization has become a magnet and a resource for those interested in new ways of thinking about contemporary art. Today, Art in General fulfills its mission in a variety of ways, including the organization and presentation of exhibitions, hosting a national and international artist residency program, and through regular public programs and membership events. Beginning in 2005, its exhibition program has focused on the commissioning of new work from artists.

New Commissions Program

Since its launch in 2005, the New Commissions Program has formed the core of Art in General's programming.

Since its launch in 2005, the New Commissions Program has formed the core of Art in General's programming, and was designed in direct response to feedback from artists who expressed a need for more in-depth support for the production of new work. Art in General gives selected artists the opportunity to create and present new work by providing them with a high level of organizational and conceptual support including artist fees, production fees, exhibition space, a solo exhibition, promotion, and opportunities to engage with audiences through free public and online programs. Building on Art in General’s long history of international programming, a focused international initiative, launched in 2012, will include collaborations and projects with artists and institutions in Latvia, Lithuania, Egypt and Turkey from 2012–2015. Projects with Latvian artists Krišs Salmanis and Kaspars Podnieks, Lithuanian artist Antanas Gerlikas, and Turkish artist Meriç Algün Ringborg are the first of these new projects and will all take place in 2013.