Long Island University
This course will investigate the contemporary world of artists’ books and what it means to build a collection in this genre. It will begin by looking at essential questions such as what the term “artists’ books” has come to mean, what are its historical precedents and contexts in the art world, why it is a 20th-century phenomenon, and perhaps most importantly, what are the principles and criteria of selection and appraisal.
It will look at the practical side of the field: collecting policies, public mission and outreach, the marketplace, dealers, and business ethics. We will also take a look at the logistics of stewardship over this special category of books: housing, preservation, cataloging, promotion and access.
In order to get a real ‘tincture’ of these works and to gain a better understanding of their special requirements, we will have several laboratory sessions at the LIU-Brooklyn Campus to examine the material and technical aspects of an artist’s book. Examples from its special collection of artists’ books will be investigated, and the course will culminate with the making of an original, individual artist’s book.
No required textbook.