Pixie Bks Brighten a Dreary Washington, DC

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Mumbai book artist Priya Pereira (b. 1967) is currently having an exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, which I am embarrassed to not have known about. Her solo is Priya Pereira: Contemporary Books From India, and having seen a few, I’d say it’s worth viewing and touching.


Pereira was trained as a graphic designer but she began creating artists’ books six years before she knew that the genre had a name. She has published works under the imprint Pixie Bks for the last 22 years, exploring subjects including Indian culture, time and language through creative structures, use of type and hand-drawn images. The artist describes The Book of F as “dotted with ditties that popularize the ‘F’ word without once mentioning the most used and abused word”; The Wise Man and His Long Beard represents a folktale through a beard made out of lamp wicks. This exhibition showcases 10 of her artists’ books.

Evil Eye cover & chili-01
Puzzle de Brasil-01
Double crossing a river-01
Until death do us part-01

The National Museum of Women in the Arts is at the corner of New York Avenue and 13th Street, NW. It is open 10 a.m.–12 p.m., and 1 p.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday,

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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.View all posts by Steven Heller →