The Century of Artists’ Books. Johanna Drucker. Granary Books. 1995.

The Century of Artists’ Books.

Granary Books, 1995. Item #2753

6 1/4 x 9 1/4 in., 377 pp., cloth over boards with printed dust jacket. First edition. Design by Brad Freeman.

“I wrote this book... with the encouragement of Steve Clay and Brad Freeman because we saw a need for for critical work in the field of artists’ books.”
–Johanna Drucker

“[Johanna Drucker] locates the artist’s book... within every significant modern movement and draws on an extensive bibliography of scholarly references to reveal the philosophical connections among the several emerging avant-garde movements of the early 20th century... The book vastly expands our understanding... of artists’ books, and establishes a more rigorous standard of criticism and analysis for the genre.”
–Buzz Spector, Art Journal

“This will be a major reference for all thinkers of the book for a long time.”
–Judith Hoffberg, Umbrella

“This work...provides both a critical analysis of the structures themselves and a basis for further reflection on the philosophical and conceptual roles they play. From codex to document, from performance to self-image, the world of artists’ books is made available to student and teacher, collector and connoisseur.”
–Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Library, New York

With the insight of the artist and the discernment of the art historian, Drucker details over 200 artworks, relating them to a variety of art movements of the last century and tracing their development in form and concept.

This is the original hardback first edition. Fine in fine jacket.


Further reading: collected reviews and press, including Tom Trusky in Afterimage, Kristine Markovcih in Art Documentation, Buzz Spector in Art JournalThe Bloomsbury Review, and Paul Frosch in Library Journal.

Price: $75.00