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Artist Books

Artists' books are specially designed books that are often produced in small editions for independent publication. Artists' books are often a way for artists to combine their medium of choice with the written word, and allow for a tremendous amount of creativity. The books can be formatted traditionally, or simply reference the shape or idea of a book.

The idea of sequence and serial format is important to artists' books, though occasionally, artists' books are left unbound so that each page can stand alone as a work of art. The first books originated in France at the turn of the century, and became popular in the United States in the 1960s. By the 1970s, book art was seen as a legitimate medium, and only a decade or two later, several institutions offered courses or even degrees dedicated... Read more

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