The Century of Artists’ Books. Johanna Drucker, introduction Holland Cotter. Granary Books. 2004.

The Century of Artists’ Books.

Granary Books, 2004. Item #GB_36
ISBN: 9781887123693

6 1/4 x 9 1/4 in., 377 pp., wrappers.

“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.

First published in 1995, the book is now in its second edition, illustrated, with a new preface by the author and an introduction by The New York Times senior art critic Holland Cotter.

Book design by Brad Freeman, new cover design by Emily McVarish. Over 10,000 copies in print. As new. This title is in print and widely available at indenpendent bookshops on the street and online.



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: $34.95