14 black & white illus. 36 unnumbered pages. Irregularly shaped small 4to (200 x 200 mm.), die-cut corners (spine faintly rubbed), staple-bound. [Chicago]: The University of Chicago Library, 1986.
An important exhibition catalogue as well as reference work on artists’ books. This catalogue was designed by the book artist Buzz Spector (b. 1948), and his pencil notes for the mock-up have been reproduced in this final version. Jeffrey Abt, the organizer of the exhibition, writes in an insightful essay: “The contemporary artist’s book…represents an evolution of the book’s use from a vehicle for text and its illustration to an artistically integrated, sometimes sculptural object. Though superficially the artist’s book may bear little resemblance to the common codex, it nonetheless continues many of the earlier uses and forms of the book.”
This exhibition featured several dozen artists’ books by practitioners such as Roberta Allen, Douglas Beube, Meryl Brater, Timothy C. Ely, Jane Freeman, Kay Hines, Jana Kluge, Richard Long, Andrew Masullo, Scott McCarney, Brenda Miller, Kevin Osborn, Bruce Schnabel, Berty Skuber, Keith A. Smith, Buzz Spector, Yoko Terauchi, Erica van Horn, Cornelia Vogel, Paul Zelevansky, etc.
Fine copy. The page numbers and headings are not written in pencil.
❧ A. Desjardin, The Book on Books on Artists Books (2nd ed.: 2013) 151.
Item ID: 6777