Artist/author: contemporary artists' books

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Distributed Art Publishers, 1998 - Design - 183 pages
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from fanzines to books of visual poetry, sketchbooks to illustrated books, commercial fashion catalogs to photo albums. Defined loosely as a book done by an artist, which is itself a work of art, an "artist's book" is an idea that goes back to the time of illuminated manuscripts. Departing from that tradition however, which ended with the development in the 19th century of the livre de luxe, artists since the 1960's have attempted radical approaches to the book as autonomous art form. Spurred on in recent times by the advent of desktop publishing, this phenomena has continued to grow. This book features numerous examples, as well as informative text, and is sure to delight both bibliophiles and art lovers alike.

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The personal immediacy of artists' books capture the imagination and involve the "reader" in developing alternative ways of viewing the world. Carefully compiled by Lauf and Phillpot, an independent ... Read full review

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Phillpot, formerly director of the library at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, is now a freelance writer and art library and archives consultant in England.

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