Artists’ Books: A Critical Anthology and Sourcebook


Joan Lyons (org). Artists’ Books: A Critical Anthology and Sourcebook
Layton / Rochester, UT / NY : Gibbs M. Smith, Inc. Peregrine Smith Books / Visual Studies Workshop Press, 1985
22,8 x 15,3 cm.
270 p.
ISBN 0879052074

“This book is a signpost, a marker of the critical recognition, seriousness, and sheer volume of output of artists’ books… If the strength of the medium is judged by the contents of this book, artists’ books are not likely to go away anytime soon. Artists’ Books is a singular unpedantic and valuable look at the medium still in a sort of prehistory” — Art Papers. Not as physically gorgeous as “Artist / Author,” this critical gem of a book contains a great anthology of essays that otherwise have been lost in the ether. Edited by Joan Lyons. Text by Dick Higgins, Richard Kostelanetz, Ulises Carrión, Lucy R. Lippard, Shelley Rice, Barbara Moore, Jon Hendricks, Clive Phillpot, Susi R. Bloch, Betsy Davids, Jim Petrillo, Felipe Ehrenberg, Magali Lara, Javier Cadena, Alex Sweetman, and Robert C. Morgan.

Plates : a visual preface —
Book art / by Richard Kostelanetz —
The new art of making books / by Ulises Carrión —
The artist’s book goes public ; Conspicuous consumption : new artists’ books / by Lucy R. Lippard —
Words and images : artists’ books as visual literature / by Shelley Rice —
The page as alternative space : 1950 to 1969 / by Barbara Moore and Jon Hendricks —
Some contemporary artists and their books / by Clive Phillpot —
The book stripped bare / by Susi R. Bloch —
The artist as book printer : four short courses / by Betsy Davids and Jim Petrillo —
Independent publishing in Mexico / by Felipe Ehrenberg, Magali Lara, and Javier Cadena —
Photobookworks : the critical realist tradition / by Alex Sweetman —


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