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What is an Artist's Book?
The simple spontaneous answer is not correct.
It is not a book about art or artists.

... so let us "google" - let us ask the question to the all-embracing Google.

Google search No. 1 is in Danish:

Om Artist’s Books -Fra Wikipedia, den frie encyklopædi

     Artist’s' Books, bogobjekter eller kunstnerbøger er "bøger" skabt af kunstnere: Unikke, visuelle værker eller objekter – som er inspireret af
den traditionelle bogs form og opbygning. Disse Artist’s  Books kan være udformet som regulære bøger med særligt fokus på et visuelt i
ndhold eller udtryk, men det kan også være mere abstrakte ”boglignende” objekter, som kun på det konceptuelle plan er i familie med
almindelige bøger. Det er ikke kun en bog, måske er den ikke engang læsbar.

     En Artist’s Book kan som udforsker ”ideen om en bog”, men som ikke i det ydre har nogen speciel lighed enten laves helt fra grunden,
hvor de enkelte sider udformes og samles til et værk, eller den kan udspringe af en i forvejen eksisterende bog som bearbejdes på forskellig vis.
Den sidste type kaldes også altered book. Endelig er der den mere konceptuelle/abstrakte udgave, som ofte manifesterer sig i form af et objekt
eller en installation med en bog.

     Et fælles træk for genren er, at der er tale om unikke værker, one-of-a-kind, alternative bøger i meget små, gerne nummererede oplag. Artist’s
Books er oftest én persons fortjeneste fra idé til resultat i modsætning til almindelige kommercielle, masseproducerede bøger, hvor der oftest vil
være flere involverede parter: en forfatter, en forlægger, en lay-outer, en bogbinder osv.

 

Google search No. 2 is in English:

About Artists’ Books -  From the Smithsonian Libraries, Washington D.C., USA 

      But what, exactly, is an artist’s book? You may not be able to tell just from looking at the object itself!

      The simple answer to someone not familiar with artists’ books might be: art in book form. But they are not quite so simple.

      An artist’s book is a medium of artistic expression that uses the form or function of “book” as inspiration. It is the artistic initiative seen in the
illustration, choice of materials, creation process, layout and design that makes it an art object. A book that only contains text is simply a book;
even if authored by an artist, it would be a book that belongs in a book store or the shelves of a library.

      What truly makes an artist’s book is the artist’s intent, and artists have used the book as inspiration in a myriad of ways and techniques,
from traditional to the experimental. The book could be made through fine press printing or hand-crafted, the pages illustrated with
computer-generated images or cheap photocopies; books became sculptures, tiny and gargantuan; books were sliced up and reconfigured,
made from all kinds of materials with unconventional objects incorporated, in unique or

limited editions, or produced in multiple copies. With all sorts of ideas behind them, artists continue to challenge the idea, content and structure
of the traditional book.

      Although artists have illustrated the words of others in books since the advent of the printed book itself in the 1400s, the book as art object
is a product of the 20th century. In Europe from the 1950s, artists were experimenting with the book format, making books with unique printing
and bindings, such as slits or holes cut through the pages and unique shapes for the binding or boxing.

      In the United States, Ed Ruscha produced some of the first artists’ books consisting of compilations of photographs with a title on the front
cover and little narrative quality. Other artists used the book format to create narratives to deal with difficult or emotional issues, and some used
it as a cheap, portable way to make the artwork available to a broader public than the gallery and museum world allowed.

      Fast forward to today, artists’ books exist at the intersections of printmaking, photography, poetry, experimental narrative, visual arts,
graphic design, and publishing. Artists’ books have made a place for themselves in the collections of museums, libraries and bibliophiles,
they have caught the interest of art historians and critics writing about art, and there are numerous studio programs in art schools dedicated
to the art of the book, ushering in new generations of artists making books.

 

 

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