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Fine art and literature rarely overlap physically —a relationship that gives Touchstone Gallery’s latest exhibition an immediately striking quality. In “Undercover: Artists Hit the Books,” a group of artists using freewheeling media do, indeed, hit the books—and cut them. And paint on them. And make lampshades out of them. The latter approach, Sean Murphy’s Lamp, is just that—about a 4-foot-tall red lamp with a nightstand under the shade. On the stand are a tattered Bible and a newspaper article with the headline “Palestinian Rocket Hits Israeli City”; the lampshade itself is constructed from pages from the Bible. See what else an artist can do with a book, holy or otherwise, while the exhibition is on view from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, to Sunday, Aug. 6, at Touchstone Gallery Annex, 406 7th St. NW, 2nd floor. Free. (202) 347-2787. (Ryan Grim)