H-155. The History of Artists’ Books since 1950 - Advance Reading List
This course is intended as a basic introduction to the recent history of contemporary artists’ books, artists’ publishing, and related book formats.
For students enrolled in this course, please complete all of the required readings: most are quite short in length, interspersed with many photo illustrations. Please pay attention to the content of the writings with an eye to the publication date as you progress through the reading list.
Students will benefit from reviewing the websites listed. This list is not exhaustive, but provides a reasonable foundation from which to start. Take time to explore each site and the additional resources often included within: resources, lists of fairs, libraries and study collections, and use of terminology for publication types.
I have also included a modest list of titles to browse. Take time to browse the journal titles you are unfamiliar with, and to review or re-review the Smith titles, at a minimum, if you have time.
Aarons, Philip E. and Andrew Roth, eds. In the Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists since 1955. Verona, Italy: PPP Editions, 2009. Read pp. 25–32.
Art Rite no. 14 (1976). Read pp. 5–14.
Chappell, Duncan. “Typologising the Artist’s Book.” Art Libraries Journal 28:4 (2003): 12–20.
Coplans, John. “Concerning ‘Various Small Fires': Edward Ruscha Discusses his Perplexing Publications.” Artforum 3:5 (February 1965): 24–25.
Di Bello, Patrizia, Colette Wilson, and Shamoon Zamir, eds. The Photobook: From Talbot to Ruscha and Beyond. London: I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, 2012. Read 110–128.
Drucker, Johanna. Figuring the Word: Essays on Books, Writing, and Visual Poetics. New York: Granary Books, 1998. Read “The Myth of the Democratic Multiple” (pp. 175–183) and “Offset: The Work of Mechanical Art in the Age of Electronic (Re)production” (pp. 184–193).
Guest, Tim and Germano Celant. Books by Artists. Toronto: Art Metropole, 1981. Read pp. 85–104.
Hubert, Renée Riese and Judd D. Hubert. The Cutting Edge of Reading: Artists’ Books. New York: Granary Books, 1999. Read Chapter 5 (pp. 71–96).
Komurki, John Z. Risomania: The New Spirit of Printing. Salenstein: Niggli/Braun Publishing AG, 2017. Read pp. 9–41; 178–211.
Lailach, Michael. Printed Matter: Die Sammlung Marzona in der Kunstbibliothek/The Marzona Collection at the Kunstbibliothek. Berlin: Kunstbibliothek Staatliche Museen, 2005. In German and English. Read pp. 11–18.
Lauf, Cornelia and Clive Phillpot. Artist/Author: Contemporary Artists’ Books. New York: Distributed Art Publishers, 1998. Read “Cracked Spines and Slipped Disks” by Cornelia Lauf (pp. 67–79) and “The Artist’s Book and Postmodernism” by Brian Wallis (pp. 93–101).
Lippard, Lucy. Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1973. Read the Preface and Postface; browse the remainder.
Lyons, Joan, ed. Artists’ Books: A Critical Anthology and Sourcebook. Rochester, NY: Visual Studies Workshop Press, 1985. Read pp. 31–132; 186–224. Any edition is fine.
Moeglin-Delcroix, Anne. “Some Preliminary Observations Toward a Study of the Varieties of Artist Publishers in the Sixties and Seventies.” In Publishing as Artistic Practice, edited by Annette Gilbert, 40–51. Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2016.
Moeglin-Delcroix, Anne, Liliana Dematteis, Giorgio Maffei, and Annalisa Rimmaudo, eds. Looking, Telling, Thinking, Collecting: Four Directions of the Artist’s Book from the Sixties to the Present. Casa del Mantegna: Corraini, 2004. Read the four essays, and browse the images. Each essay is quite short.
Phillpot, Clive. Booktrek: Selected Essays on Artists’ Books since 1972. Zurich: JRP Ringier, 2013. Read pp. 144–165.
Roth, Andrew, Phlip E. Aarons, and Claire Lehmann, eds. Artists Who Make Books. London: Phaidon Press Limited and PPP Editions, 2017. Read pp. 9–11, 61–72, 199–206.
Vanderlip, Dianne, ed. Artists Books. Philadelphia: Falcon Press/Moore College of Art, 1973. Read the John Perrault essay, “Some Thoughts on Books as Art” (pp. 15–21) at a minimum.
White, Tony. “The (R)evolutionary Artist Book” Book 2.0 3:2 (2013): 163–183.
Artists’ Pub: http://artists-pub.eu/
Art Metropole: https://artmetropole.com/
Boekie Woekie: https://boewoe.home.xs4all.nl/index.htm
Center for Artists’ Publications: http://www.artists-pub.eu/presentations/archives-collections/centre-for-artists-publications/
Center for Book Arts: http://centerforbookarts.org/
Gato Negro: https://www.gatonegro.ninja/
Independent Publishing Resource Center: https://www.iprc.org/
Printed Matter: https://www.printedmatter.org/
Ooga Booga: http://oogaboogastore.com/
Pogo Books: http://www.pogobooks.de/content/about.html
— Bookshop links: http://www.pogobooks.de/content/bookshops.html
Printer Resources for Independent Art Publishers: http://printers.oogaboogastore.com/
The Woman’s Building: http://thewomansbuilding.org/publications.html
Bodman, Sarah. Artists’ Books Creative Production and Marketing. Bristol, UK: Impact Press, 2007. Also from Impact Press: Blue Notebook, The Artist Book Yearbook, and the The Book Arts Newsletter. Minimally, be aware of these publications.
Desjardin, Arnaud. The Book on Books on Artists Books. London: The Everyday Press, 2013. Any edition is fine.
Indiana University Libraries Book Repair Manual: http://www.indiana.edu/~libpres/manual/
The Journal of Artist’s Books. If you can: the first few, middle, and most recent issues.
Klanten, Robert, ed. Behind the Zines: Self-publishing Culture. Berlin: Gestalten, 2011.
Smith, Keith. Structure of the Visual Book. Revised and expanded edition. Fairport, NY: The Sigma Foundation, Inc., 1992. Any edition is probably fine.
Smith, Keith. Text in the Book Format. Fairport, NY: The Sigma Foundation, Inc., 1991. Any edition is probably fine. If you buy one, follow the prompts to interact with the book.
Stewart, Garrett. Bookwork: Medium to Object to Concept to Art. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.
Umbrella Magazine: https://ulib.iupui.edu/collections/Umbrella
Walkup, Kathleen. “Books in a New Language.” http://thewomansbuilding.org/images/FSTV%20PDFs/Walkup.pdf
Wasserman, Krystyna, et al. The Book as Art: Artists’ Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2007.