David Hammons - The Holy Bible: Old Testament, 2002
Hammons’ Holy Bible: Old Testament is a limited-edition artist’s book that consists of a 1997 softcover edition of The Complete Works of Marcel Duchamp, by Arturo Schwartz, that has been rebound to resemble a Bible. As the originator of the “readymade”—a work of art made from an unaltered found object placed in an art context—Marcel Duchamp, perhaps more than any other artist, influenced the course of art-making over the past one hundred years. Here Hammons celebrates Duchamp’s close-to-sacred status but is also gently critical of it: the book is bound as the Old Testament, leaving open the possibility of more recent artistic revelations. - MOMA
Above is a image I took from the 2013 Hammon’s designed installation of the two book at MOMA. In this installation, one of the books (exhibition copy or edition?) is presents on an alter like stand with low kneeler for visitors to flip though the work. The stand is placed in a large, dimly lighted room that is painted a beige yellow. The room also contains a set of low hung modern hand sanitizer for people to use (pre/post) handling of the book. Also in the room is a small shelf hung high over the entrance passage with a second book precariously perched as if it might fall and hit one in the head as they enter of exit.
Update - wall text says “viewing copy” and “before” for hand cleaning.