What do the following books have in common: Marcuse, Five Lectures; Celant, Arte Povera; Bachelard, The Poetics of Space; and the Kama Sutra?

For one thing, they are all components of What the Trees Said, 2004, a sculpture by Carol Bove that, like a number of her others, consists of books and other small objects arranged on shelves. As disparate as the volumes’ subject matter, dates, and even cultures of origin may be, their grouping immediately evokes that semimythic period known loosely as the ’60s, which in Bove’s reading ranges from around 1964 to 1972.

The same is true not only of her other bookshelf sculptures but also of the other works that make up her oeuvre: surpassingly pale ink-wash drawings of young women, mostly based on images from magazines of the period (and notably from Playboy, whose cultural significance was then very different from, or at least greater than, it is

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