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Anything helps : a limited edition artist book
Laura Russell
Art Library Rare Books Collection N7433.4.R88 A86 2013 box 15.1

Limited edition of twenty-five copies, signed and numbered by the artist. Art Library has copy 18 "'Anything Helps' is a limited edition artist book surveying the cardboard signs used by panhandlers and homeless people … It is my hope that this book will make us stop and reflect upon the lives we look at every day but never really see. As some of the most basic forms of graphic communication in our world today, homeless signs are a reminder that with a little bad luck we could easily find ourselves in similar straits—and that at times we could all use a helping hand. While collecting these signs I have met some fascinating people. I tell them that I am doing an art project with these signs. Most think that the $5 I've offered is an unbelievable sum and are happy to hand over their sign … I also spend a few minutes talking with each person and try to listen and show that I care about his or her situation. Most are eager to share their story"—Unnumbered cards 1-5.

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