H-155a. The History of Artists’ Books since 1950 (22 hours) - 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. If you have time, I also suggest the recommended readings, but these will not be required.
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 included a list of titles that are suggested readings. We may not discuss these during the course, but you will get more out of the class if you read—or closely browse—them. As with the other resources listed for this class, you will benefit from an awareness of these publications, who the authors are, and where they fit in the history of artists’ books and artists’ publishing.
Art Rite no. 14 (1976). Read pp. 5–14.
Chappell, Duncan. “Typologising the Artist’s Book.” Art Libraries Journal 28, no. 4 (2003): 12–20.
Coplans, John. “Concerning ‘Various Small Fires’: Edward Ruscha Discusses His Perplexing Publications.” Artforum 3, no. 5 (February 1965): 24–25.
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).
Indiana University Libraries Book Repair Manual: http://www.indiana.edu/~libpres/manual/
Komurki, John Z. Risomania: The New Spirit of Printing. Salenstein, CH: Niggli/Braun Publishing AG, 2017. Read pp. 9–17; 214–219.
Lyons, Joan, ed. Artists’ Books: A Critical Anthology and Sourcebook. Rochester, NY: Visual Studies Workshop Press, 1985. Read “The New Art of Making Books” by Ulises Carrion (pp. 31–44) and “The Artist’s Book Goes Public” by Lucy Lippard (pp. 45–48). I suggest browsing the remainder of the book. Look at the back matter. Any edition is fine.
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, no. 2 (2013): 163–183.
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 “Interview with Martha Wilson” by Thomas Padon (pp. 109-124).
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.
Pischler, Michalis, ed. Publishing Manifestos: An International Anthology from Artists and Writers. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press; Berlin: Miss Read, 2019. “Artists’ Books Fruit Diagram” by Clive Phillpot (pp. 68-69); “What the fuck is HOMOCORE?” by Tom Jennings, Deke Nihilson, eds. (pp. 76-77); “Riot Grrrl Manifesto” by Riot Grrrl (Kathleen Hanna et al.)(pp. 82-83); “Diagonal Press Mission” by Tauba Auerbach (pp. 218-219); “Half Letter Press and Our Reasons for Running It” by Temporary Services and Kione Kochi (pp. 242-246); “Image Reproduction Pricing Guideline for Artists” by Paul Chan (Badlands Unlimited) (pp. 295-295).
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/
Minnesota Center for Book Arts: https://www.mnbookarts.org/
Independent Publishing Resource Center: https://www.iprc.org/
Printed Matter: https://www.printedmatter.org/
Printer Resources for Independent Art Publishers: http://printers.oogaboogastore.com/
Lupton, Ellen. Indie Publishing: How to Design and Produce Your Own Book. New York: Princeton Architectural Press; Baltimore: Maryland Institute College of Art, 2008.
Smith, Keith. Structure of the Visual Book. Revised and expanded edition. Fairport, NY: The Sigma Foundation, 1992. Any edition is probably fine.
Smith, Keith. Text in the Book Format. Fairport, NY: The Sigma Foundation, 1991. Any edition is probably fine. If you buy one, follow the prompts to interact with the book.
The Journal of Artists’ Books. If you can: the first few, middle, and most recent issues.
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.
Watson, Esther, and Mark Todd. Whatcha Mean, What’s a Zine? Boston: Graphia, 2006.