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Hotel Art Collection – 3rd Floor

The Art Story

The 3rd floor: Book covers

Today companies rely on computer software to design book covers for mass production. But before that technology was available, artists had to hand paint the proposed designs on silk, sometimes providing numerous versions to be selected from. Each color had to be placed separately before printing and this labor-intense system demanded that each book only contain a few color pages including the cover. Mia Saigon’s collection is therefore quite rare in the number of color images it contains.

As production has become cheaper and new mediums for entertainment and education, books have lost some of their cultural standing and value. The artwork from these old books serves as a reminder that at one point they were prized possession demanding the utmost care in producing.

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