Artist Books: Examples and Methods – 2021

Artist Books: Examples and Methods graphic
Artist Books: Examples and Methods graphic
Ben Denzer
Image courtesy of the artist.
Artist Books: Examples and Methods class details
Artist Books: Examples and Methods class details

Event Info

This workshop takes place across two sessions:

  • Thurs, July 8th, 6–8pm ET
  • Thurs, July 15th, 6–8pm ET

A two session course taught by Ben Denzer. In the first session, Ben will introduce a working definition of the term “Artist Book,” share a survey of historical examples, and outline basic bookmaking techniques. Students will then be prompted to create their own experimental artist books using materials they have readily available. Between sessions, Ben will be available for one-on-one conversations to give feedback and construction advice. In the second session, each student will share their completed artist book in a group critique.

Required Materials:

Students are encouraged to use the materials already around them. No materials are needed for the first session.

About the Instructor

Ben Denzer is an artist, designer, and publisher focused on exploring the book as an object. He is a former Center for Book Arts resident. His work has been collected by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the New York Public Library, and the University of Oxford among other institutions. He has been awarded by the Type Directors Club, the Art Directors Club, Young Guns 16, Society of Illustrators, AIGA, BIGNY, and AI-AP. Ben designs and publishes Catalog Press (a small edition artist press), runs the Instagram @ice_cream_books (praised by Bella Hadid as “the most important Instagram out there today”), teaches at SVA and Parsons, and is a 2020 artist-in-residence at the Broad Institute.

All images courtesy of the instructor.

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