- Majority of material found in 1993-2017 Bulk 1996-2006
Scope and Content Note
The Béatrice Coron Collection contains examples and slides of the artist’s work, including artists’ books, commercial work, cut paper drafts and proofs, prints, articles and clippings, and exhibition catalogs. Slides comprise near half of the collection. The 14 artists’ books include both finished works and artist’s proofs. Commercial work in the collection ranges from stagebills and other illustrations to illustrated objects. Draft versions and artist proofs of artists’ books and paper cuts, as well as proposals for public art to be displayed in the transit systems of Maryland and New York City, are represented. One version of her artists’ book 36 Views of the Empire State Building is included in the collection, along with a set of the print series of that title, a related print and printing plate that did not become part of the series, and slides of the artists’ books. Her papers are primarily show/exhibition catalogs and flyers, as well as articles and clippings about the artist. Slides depict a wide range of Béatrice Coron’s artistic output, from books to prints, cutout designs, paintings, drawings, pottery and public installations, as well as slides of the artist at work.
Other material related to Béatrice Coron is held in Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University, and can be found in the library catalog.
Artist Spotlight - Beatrice Coron. Center for Book Arts Website. Accessed 3/20/2018.
Béatrice Coron and the ‘Language’ of Silhouettes. Fibermark Website. Accessed 3/20/2018.
Beatrice Coron Website. Accessed 3/20/2018.
Las historias de papel de Béatrice Coron. Cultura Colectiva Website. Accessed 3/20/2018.
Musee de L'Hospice Saint-Roch.Beatrice Coron: L'Art du Papier Decoupé. Issoudun, France: Musee de L'Hospice Saint-Roch, 1999.
3 cubic feet, consisting of five manuscript boxes and one oversized flat box.
Language of Materials
Béatrice Coron is an artist and illustrator working primarily in cut silhouettes. Her artistic output includes artist’s books, wall art, illustration, and decorative design and sculpture for buildings and public spaces. She works primarily in paper and Tyvek, as well as fabric, glass, metal, stone and digital media. The collection contains examples and slides of the artist’s work, including artists’ books, commercial work, cut paper drafts and proofs, prints, articles and clippings, and exhibition catalogs. Slides comprise near half of the collection.
Béatrice Coron is an artist and illustrator working primarily in cut silhouettes. Her artistic output includes artist’s books, wall art, illustration, and decorative design and sculpture for buildings and public spaces. She works primarily in paper and Tyvek, as well as fabric, glass, metal, stone and digital media. Her work is often a narrative or an illustration of a story or poem, frequently playing with language in jokes and puns. In both her artist’s books and her larger work, she has collaborated with poets and other artists, both illustrating works and intertwining the work of two artists into one piece. In the realm of book arts, she was one of the first to explore the idea of edible books, and her works have ranged from bound books, to leporello, scrolls, sculpture and even pillow cases.
Born in France in 1956, she studied at the École des Beaux-Arts of Lyon and at the Université de Lyon. She turned to art after moving to New York in 1985, where she explored paper cutting as a form of art that required little training and minimal resources. Her work is owned by museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Getty, the Musée des Beaux-arts in Belfort, France. The Pierpont Morgan Library in New York and the Biblothèque Nationale de France are among other institutions holding Béatrice Coron works. She has exhibited widely and given a TED talk on her work.
The collection is arranged in five series: ARTISTS’ BOOKS, Box 1 COMMERCIAL WORK, Boxes 1 & 6 DRAFTS & PROOFS, Boxes 1 & 6 PRINTS, Box 2 PAPERS, Boxes 2 - 3 SLIDES, Boxes 3 - 5
The Beatrice Coron Collection was donated to the library by the artist.
The collection has been rehoused in acid free or neutral protective containers. Newspaper articles were copied on acid-free paper and the originals discarded. Many items received were in identified containers, the contents of each contained items that differed from that identification. This was particularly the case for slides and is discussed in more detail in the Summary for that series. Notes on the original containers are included with the relevant entries.
We used the the artist’s website extensively to identify and date the works and slides. A print-out from the website of a partial listing of artists’ books is included in the PAPERS series. Further discussion of the classification, identification and labeling of slides is in the Summary for that series.
- Guide to the Beatrice Coron Collection
- Edited Full Draft
- Elizabeth M. Phillips
- May 2018
- Language of description note
- Finding aid is written in English.
- Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.
- March 2009: Items listed as n.d. changed to undated, per DACS
- September 2009: revised coding to add encoding analogs to some elements per the EAD report card
Part of the New Brunswick Special Collections Repository