This guide is intended to assist artists and researchers looking for artists' books, and for scholarship, criticism, and technical guides related to artists' books.
An artist’s book is a work of art created using the book form. Artists’ books represent the full range of contemporary art practice, from elaborate objects displaying fine craft to more conceptual artworks that may look like an ordinary book. The key is that the artist makes conscious use of the physical and conceptual possibilities of the book as an integral part of the artwork.
The Sloane Art Library has a broadly representative collection including works by major book artists such as Ed Ruscha, Johanna Drucker, Keith Smith, and Julie Chen, among others. Areas of special strength include artists' books from Latin America and some work by local book artists. A growing area of the collection features exemplars in photobook publishing, such as Cristina de Middel's book Afronauts. Apart from those held in the Sloane Art Library, the Rare Books Collection in Wilson Library also has a collection of artists' books, specializing in books from Cuba, Mexico, and Argentina.
* Photo above is of Panorama, by Julie Chen (Flying Fish Press, 2008)