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Artists' Books

Artists' books form more than a tenth of the Book Design Collection and can be browsed in a separate sequence. These books demonstrate the artist's creative experimentation with the medium of the book.

The scope is from the late 1960s to the present day with a strong emphasis towards British artists.

Currently viewing:
C Geller, Cellbook Two (1995)

© C Geller

'Bookworks' incorporate all kinds of materials and objects taking the book beyond the traditional format of paper and ink.

'Multiples', published cheaply in large numbers in order to disseminate the artist's ideas to as wide an audience as possible, conceptual works, sequential books, narrative books, books associated with journeys, political views or personal experiences, all form visual and/or verbal expressions of the individual artist. Artists' books range from the conceptual works and multiples of artists such as Dieter Roth, Ed Ruscha and Sol Le Witt to the concrete poem cards of Ian Hamilton Finlay, the sophisticated paper engineering of Deb Rindl, and the physical exploitations of the structure of the book from Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck, Helen Douglas and Telfer Stokes.

The traditional hand-produced book, often with creative images, typography, and format is seen in the experimental, hand-printed livres d'artiste of Ken Campbell or Ron King.

The Library regularly features exhibitions from this collection, one of the most comprehensive of its kind in this country.

The collection can be searched on the Library's catalogue under the name of the artist, or more generally, by a keyword search for 'artists book' . In addition there is a published catalogue of selections from the collection, Artists books: a catalogue of the collection, by Gaye Smith, 1993.

Contact the Artist's Books Collection

Access to the collection is on a weekday basis, Monday - Friday 10.00 - 16.00

It is open for private research by staff,students and external visitors.

Phone +44 (0)161 247 6107


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