Bibliomania: The Bookshelf Portrait Project was an exhibition at the Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts in Melbourne in 2008 and I was reminded of it recently through a post from Inside Out blog.
The paintings in the exhibition, by Victoria Reichelt, are of books in shelves. Some of the books are random, some painted from photos the artist takes of an individual's collection - like an insightful portrait.
The books are an interesting choice as Victoria sees them as under threat from technology. Their capture on canvas rendering them unable to be opened and able only to be judged by their covers.
More can be found on Inside Out blog and Victoria Reichlet's website.