This exhibition of artists’ books takes on this problem, namely of exhibiting artists’ books in display cases. To articulate this problem, this exhibition considers reference books about artists’ books as another site of display, where one can experience artists' books through their images, through flattened views of artists' books as if looking at them through glass: on the pages of reference books about artists' books, too, one experiences artists’ books from a few, selected angles afforded by photographic representation.
The artists in the exhibition include Marcel Broodthaers, Helen Douglas and Telfer Stokes, Marcel Duchamp, Susan King, Kevin Osborn, Tom Phillips, Ed Ruscha, Michael Snow, Jan Voss, and Andy Warhol. The reference books in the exhibition include artists' books: The Book As a Work of Art, 1963-1995 (1995) by Stephen Bury; Speaking of Book Art (1999) by Cathy Courtney; The Century of Artists’ Books (1995) by Joanna Drucker; Books by Artists, ed. Tim Guest (1981); Masters: Book Arts, Major Works by Leading Artists, ed. Julie Hale and Beth Sweet (2011); Malerbücher – Künstlerbücher, ed. Martin Hellmold and Anne Thurmann-Jajes (2001); The Cutting Edge of Reading: Artists’ Books (1999) by Renée Riese Hubert and Judd D. Hubert; Artists’ Books: A Critical Anthology and Sourcebook, ed. Joan Lyons (1985); Various Small Books (2013) by Phil Taylor.
*The maker of this exhibition would like to thank Kayla Anderson and Doro Boehme of the Flaxman Library Special Collections for their support, nurturing questioning, and friendship that facilitated the making of this exhibition.
Table Of Contents
A Voyage on the North Sea, Marcel Broodthaers, RA 2.679
Chinese Whispers, Helen Douglas, 20.69
Real Fiction: an Inquiry into the Bookerewsque, Telfer Stokes, 91.3
Women and Cars, Susan Elizabeth King, 92.10
A Humument, Tom Phillips, 82.59
Tentysix Gasoline Stations, Edward Ruscha, RA 2.169
Every Building on the Sunset Strip, Edward Ruscha, RA 2.267
Cover to Cover, Michael Snow, RA 2.424
Andy Warhol’s Index, Andy Warhol, ABR N6537.W28 A8