The Book as Art
Artists' Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts
, Johanna Drucker
, Audrey Niffenegger
This book is Out of Print
Publication date 11/1/2006
8.5 x 11 inches (21.6 x 27.9 cm), Hardcover
192 pages, 186 color illustrations, 12 b/w illustrations
Carton qty: 10;
This book is also available in a Paperback edition
Artists' books have emerged over the last 25 years as the quintessential contemporary art form, addressing subjects as diverse as poetry and politics, incorporating a full spectrum of artistic media and bookmaking methods, and taking every conceivable form. Female painters, sculptors, calligraphers, and printmakers, as well a growing community of hobbyists, have played a primary role in developing this new mode of artistic expression. The Book as Art presents more than 100 of the most engaging women's artist books created by major fine artists such as Meret Oppenheim, May Stevens, Kara Walker, and Renee Stout and distinguished book artists such as Susan King, Ruth Laxson, Claire Van Vliet, and Julie Chen.
Culled from over 800 unique or limited-edition volumes held by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, these books explore the form as a container for ideas. Descriptions of the works are accompanied by colorful illustrations and reflections by their makers, along with essays by leading scholars and a lively introduction by the most famous book artist in our culture, best-selling author Audrey Niffenegger. The exquisitely crafted objects in the The Book as Art are sure to provoke unexpected and surprising conclusions about what constitutes a book. The Book as Art accompanies the exhibition of the same name at the Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., beginning in October 2006.
Audrey Niffenegger, a book artist herself, is the author of the best-selling novel The Time Traveler's Wife, which is based on a character who is a paper maker and book artist.
Johanna Drucker is a professor at the University of Virginia and the top scholar on artists' books today.
Krystyna Wasserman, curator of book arts at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, has been one of the most important collectors in the field for the past thirty years.
"...marvel at the incredible range of creativity on view from page to page, and at the artists' own statements that accompany the well-produced photographic layouts of their work. It's the next best thing to looking at these exquisite books in a vitrine."
"Images are the focus of this beautifully designed catalog.
...giving readers a good sense of the visual impact, structure, and interactive potential of these books.
— C.Y. Dixon
The Bowie Blade-News:
"The Book as Art features 108 selected books produced by 86 different women from 12 countries. The works are organized into nine theme areas: storytellers; autobiographers; historians; mothers, daughters and wives; dreamers and magicians; travelers; nature; food and the body; and Inspired by the Muses, which reflects the artists interest, involvements, dreams and desires. "
Cape May Star and Wave:
"Displaying 100 books from its permanent collection the museum offers an extensive companion catalogue published by the Princeton Architectural Press containing scholarly essays, reproductions of the works, short artist biographies and description of the books."
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