Australian Artists Books
- PUBLISHED: July 2009
- SUBJECT LISTING: Art
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 128 Pages, 9 x 9 in, 210 color illus.
- ISBN: 9780642541864
Artists' books are works of art created in book form, or rather forms as there are a myriad of approaches such as pages in a box, scrolls, fold outs and even a Rolodex. They can be one-offs or produced in small editions. This primarily 20th-century practice drew greater interest in the 1960s from artists seeking alternative means to express their concepts and ideas.
Australian Artists Books features twenty books. It discusses approaches to artists' books by Ian Burn, Robert Jacks, Bea Maddock, and Mike Parr, features an in-depth analysis of works by an additional sixteen artists, and includes an illustrated checklist.
Writer Alex Selenitsch discusses how the books function as narrative rituals and the multiple views offered by these wonderful objects which literally unfold in time, are delightfully tactile, and use diverse techniques.
FOUR APPROACHES TO ARTISTS BOOKS
Ian Burn: the noise of the machine
Robert Jacks: the artist's touch
Bea Maddock: the daily self
Mike Parr: hundreds of pages
SELECTED ARTISTS BOOKS
Requiem to an epidermis / Gaynor Cardew
Sketch-of-book / Christopher Croft
Fire-grid / Ross Grounds
Spickes / Alexander Hamilton
On a ray of winter sun / Petr Herel
Untitled (panoramic boxed set) / Ruth Johnstone
Things 1, Things 2, Things 3 / Maria Kozic
Th wa wi neve en / Ruark Lewis
Flick book / Jennifer Marshall
Not titled [twenty-six concepts] / Ian Milliss
Multiple Constantinoples / Neil Roberts (coordinator)
Sub-stations / Bruce Searle
Art book / Martin Sharp
Eng / Paul Uhlmann
Black rubber stamp syndrome / Murray Walker
Walking to Tebuatarawa / Robin White
List of books by the featured artists