Today’s Reference Collection highlight, 1000 Artists’ Books: Exploring the Book as Art (REF.BB.1006) by Sandra Salamony, provides a vivid exploration of the question, “What is an artists’ book?”. Beginning with this deceptively simple question, Salamony and collaborators Peter and Donna Thomas lead the reader through the endless possibilities afforded when one is willing to step beyond the traditional view of the codex.
There is very little text in the book. Rather, Salamony has chosen to dedicate as much space as possible to full-color illustrations of artists’ work. The book is divided into four main sections covering codex books, accordion and foldable books, single-sheet books, and sculptural books. A directory of artists and an image directory are also included at the back.
Below, you will find just a small a preview of some of the unique creations included in 1000 Artists’ Books. If these pique your interest, I would encourage you to stop by the Reference Collection and take a look at the title yourself. From board game wedding cakes to dinosaur dioramas and even an accordion book camera, this title offers a plethora of stunning book arts examples for your enjoyment and inspiration.
|Diane Jacobs, Scantron Press, USA|
|Guy Laramée, Canada|
|Sun Young Kang, USA|
|Erin Sweeney, Lovely In The Home Press, USA|
|Kerri Cushman, performing goats press, USA|
|Béatrice Coron, USA|
The Reference Collection is one of three collections at The Center for Book Arts. The other two include the Fine Arts Collection (composed of artists’ books and prints) and the Archives (containing Exhibition Catalogs and the Center’s ephemera). All three collections can be viewed on-line via the Center’s website or in person by appointment. Note that the Reference Library is currently being cataloged, with roughly 75% completed.
-Sarah McCarthy, Librarian