PRINT May 1982


Real Lush

THE TERM “ARTISTS’ BOOKS” seems to be applied more and more confusingly to anything in an art context that resembles a book. I would like to attempt to define this and some related terms. On one of the first occasions that the phrase “artists’ books” was used, it was implied that it referred to “books made by artists.”1 I have no quarrel with this definition, but would like to expand it so that artists’ books are defined as those books made or conceived by artists. The reason for this addition is that few so-called artists’ books are actually the result of a single person’s labor, even though one person may be responsible for the idea. Not many artists are involved in the entire process of bookmaking. Photographers, typesetters, printers, binders, and others frequently play a part in the production of the book. However, I am still a little uncomfortable with the term. One does not talk of

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