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9 Artists—an international, multigenerational group exhibition—examines the changing role of the artist in contemporary culture. Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue featuring an essay by curator Bartholomew Ryan, in which he wrestles with the show’s themes and the questions posed by each artist. Here Ryan presents in serial form each “chapter” from this extended essay. In addition to Ryan’s essay, each artist has contributed a 16-page artist’s book to the catalogue, exploring some aspect of their practice, often in collaboration with other artists, writers, or designers.