Granary Books, 1998. Item #GB_56
5 1/4 x 8 3/4 in., 104 pp., wrappers.
“Stefan Klima’s text is an invaluable resource for anyone wishing to explore the development of critical debates on artists’ books. Beginning with documentation from the late 1960s, Klima carefully charts the discussion of several central issues: the identity of artists’ books, their disputed origins, and their current status. His summary of debates is handled with the even-handedness of an outsider; he maps the sometimes fractious and frequently contentious dialogues among interested parties with scrupulous care. His bibliography is a thoroughly useful guide to the critical and historical texts. It has the advantage of being well focused on the topic and thus serves as an essential point of departure for any student, librarian, critic, or collector interested in pursuing the literature on artists’ books. A welcome addition to a steadily growing body of works in the field.”
Artists Books: A Critical Survey of the Literature is the first published guide to writings on artists books, containing five lucid essays which chart the ongoing critical debates surrounding the medium, addressing issues such as definition and identity, disputed origins, and current status. With a carefully researched, thorough bibliography.
Designed by Stefan Klima with additional typographic work by Philip Gallo. Cover device based on an illustration by Clive Phillpot. Printed offset, this is from an edition of 1500 copies. Out-of-print. Fine.