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Fine Art and Curatorial Practice

A library guide to support studio practice and research in fine art and curatorial studies

Artists' Books in the Monash Library

What are artists' books?

  • Vehicles for ideas, not monuments to crafts
  • Not necessarily about appearance, but about the aesthetic issues they raise
  • Usually self-published
  • Sometimes only use text
  • Not necessarily "one-offs" but usually small editions

Monash University Library holds a collection of artists' books - a small but growing collection at the Caulfield Library and others at the Matheson Library, Clayton.

You will find books on level 4 of the Caulfield Library. Browse the shelves at these numbers:

  • 686 Book design
  • 686.224 Typography
  • 686.3 Book making
  • 686.3 Bookbinding
  • 702.81 Artists' books (books about artists' books)
  • 745.54 Paper work

Rare artists' books are part of the Caulfield Library Rare Collection. Contact your Subject Librarian for MADA for access.

Recommended Sources for Artists' Book Research

Benjamin, Walter, and Rolf Tiedemann. The Arcades Project. Cambridge, Mass. ; London: Belknap Press, 1999.

Bodman, Sarah. Creating Artists' Books. Printmaking Handbooks. London: A. & C. Black, 2005.

Bury, Stephen. Artists' Books : The Book as a Work of Art, 1963-1995. Aldershot, Hants, England ; Brookfield, Vt., USA: Scolar Press, 1995.

Bury, Stephen, and British Library. Breaking the Rules : The Printed Face of the European Avant Garde, 1900-1937. London: British Library, 2007.

Castleman, Riva, and Museum of Modern Art (New York N.Y.). A Century of Artists Books. New York: Museum of Modern Art : distributed by Harry N. Abrams, 1994.

Cowley, Des, and Clare Williamson. The World of the Book. Second Numbered Series of the Miegunyah Volumes, No. 93. Carlton, Vic.: Miegunyah Press, 2007.

Dobke, Dirk, and Thomas Kellein. Dieter Roth : Books + Multiples : Catalogue Raisonné. London, New York: Edition Hansjörg Mayer, 2004.

Dobke, Dirk, Dieter Roth, Carolina Nitsch Contemporary Art., and Josée Bienvenu Gallery. Dieter Roth in Print : Artists' Books = Künstlerbücher. New York: Zucker Art Books, 2006.

Dodd, Robin. From Gutenberg to Opentype : An Illustrated History of Type from the Earliest Letterforms to the Latest Digital Fonts. Lewes: Ilex, 2006.

Drucker, Johanna. The Visible Word : Experimental Typography and Modern Art, 1909-1923. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.

________. The Alphabetic Labyrinth : The Letters in History and Imagination. London: Thames & Hudson, 1995.

________. The Century of Artists' Books. New York: Granary Books, 1995.

________. Figuring the Word : Essays on Books, Writing and Visual Poetics. New York, N.Y.: Granary Books, 1998.

Dubansky, Mindell, and Monica Strauss. Crossing Borders : The Kaldewey Press, New York. Ostfilden-Ruit: Cantz, 1997.

Enwezor, Okwui, and International Center of Photography. Archive Fever : Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art. 1st ed. New York, N.Y.: International Center of Photography ; Göttingen : Steidl Publishers, 2008.

Godfrey, Mark. "Photography Found and Lost: On Tacita Dean's Floh*." October - (2005): 90-119.

Grishin, Sasha. Bruno Leti: Six Memos on the Art of Bruno Leti. Sydney: The Beagle Press, 2002.

Hatch, Kevin. "Something Else: Ed Ruscha's Photographic Books." October - (2005): 107-126.

Hubert, Renée Riese, and Judd David Hubert. The Cutting Edge of Reading : Artists' Books. New York: Granary Books, 1999.

Johnson, Robert Flynn, Donna Stein, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco., and California Palace of the Legion of Honor. Artists Books in the Modern Era 1870-2000 : The Reva and David Logan Collection of Illustrated Books. San Francisco, London: Thames & Hudson, 2001.

Jury, David. Letterpress : The Allure of the Handmade. Mies ; Hove: RotoVision SA, 2004.

Jury, David, and Peter Rutledge Koch. Book Art Object. Berkeley: Codex Foundation, 2008.

Klima, Stefan. Artists Books : A Critical Survey of the Literature. New York: Granary books, 1998.

Leti, Bruno. Bruno Leti : Artists Books, 2003-2008 : Catalogue. Carlton South, [Vic.]: B. Leti, 2008.

Leti, Bruno, Brian Hubber, and Geelong Gallery (Geelong Vic.). Bruno Leti : Survey, Artists, Books, 1982-2003. Geelong, Vic.: Geelong Gallery, 2003.

Lupton, Ellen, and Maryland Institute College of Art. Indie Publishing : How to Design and Produce Your Own Book. 1st ed. Design Briefs. New York, Baltimore: Princeton Architectural Press ;Maryland Institute College of Art, 2008.

Lyons, Joan. Artists' Books : A Critical Anthology and Sourcebook. Rochester, N.Y.Layton, Utah: Visual Studies Workshop Press ;Distributed by G.M. Smith Peregrine Smith Books, 1985.

Marshall, Richard, and Edward Ruscha. Ed Ruscha. London: Phaidon, 2003.

Moeglin-Delcroix, Anne, and Casa del Mantegna. Guardare, Raccontare, Pensare, Conservare : Quattro Percorsi Del Libro D'artista Dagli Anni '60 Ad Oggi. [Mantua]: Casa del Mantegna : Corraini, 2004.

Perrée, Rob, and De Beyerd (Art center). Cover to Cover : The Artist's Book in Perspective Fascinations. Rotterdam: NAi Publishers, 2002.

Roth, Dieter, Graphische Sammlung Albertina., and Goldie Paley Gallery. Dieter Roth : Druckgrafik Und Bücher = Prints and Books, 1949-1979. Köln: Oktagon, 1998.

Ruscha, Edward, and Alexandra Schwartz. Leave Any Information at the Signal : Writings, Interviews, Bits, Pages. Cambridge, Mass. ; London: MIT Press, 2002.

Selenitsch, Alex, and National Gallery of Australia. Australian Artists Books The Printed Image. Australia, Asia, Pacific. Parkes, A.C.T.: National Gallery of Australia, 2008.

Spoerri, Daniel, Robert Filliou, Emmett Williams, and Dieter Roth. An Anecdoted Topography of Chance Atlas Arkhive. London: Atlas Press, 1995.

Stewart, Susan. On Longing : Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection. 1st paperback ed. Durham: Duke University Press, 1993.

Stilinovic, Mladen. Mladen Stilinovic : Artist's Books 1972-2006. Istanbul, Eindhoven: Platform Garanti ; van Abbemuseum, 2007.

Stocks, Bronwyn, Nigel Morgan, and State Library of Victoria. The Medieval Imagination : Illuminated Manuscripts from Cambridge, Australia and New Zealand. South Yarra, Vic.: Macmillan Art Pub., 2008.

Thomas, Peter, and Donna Thomas. More Making Books by Hand : Exploring Miniature Books, Alternative Structures, and Found Objects. Gloucester, Mass.: Quarry Books, 2004.

Turner, Silvie, and Ian Tyson. Facing the Page : British Artists' Books : A Survey 1983-1993. London: estamp, 1993.

Turner, Silvie, Ian Tyson, Atlantis Gallery (London England), and Wingfield College (Suffolk). British Artists' Books, 1970-1983 : An Exhibition Organised for Atlantis Gallery. London: Atlantis Paper Co., 1984.

Wasserman, Krystyna, and Johanna Drucker. The Book as Art : Artists' Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts. New York, Enfield: Princeton Architectural, 2007.

Ambrose, Gavin, and Paul Harris. Format : N. The Shape and Size of a Book Etc Basics Design. Lausanne, Switzerland: AVA Publishing SA, 2005.

Bettley, James, National Art Library (Great Britain), and Victoria and Albert Museum. The Art of the Book : From Medieval Manuscript to Graphic Novel. London: V&A Publications, 2001.

Blumenthal, Joseph. Art of the Printed Book, 1455-1955 : Masterpieces of Typography through Five Centuries from the Collections of the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York. London: Bodley Head, 1974.

Cambras, Josep. Bookbinding : Techniques and Projects Decorative Techniques. Hauppauge, NY: Barron's, 2007.

D'Alton, Martina, David Revere McFadden, Holly Hotchner, and Museum of Arts and Design (New York N.Y.). Slash : Paper under the Knife Materials and Process ; New York: 5 Continents, 2009.

Fawcett-Tang, Roger. Experimental Formats. 2 : Books, Brochures, Catalogues. Mies ; Hove: RotoVision, 2005.

Fawcett-Tang, Roger, and David Jury. New Typographic Design. London: Laurence King, 2007.

Golden, Alisa J. Expressive Handmade Books. New YorkLewes: Sterling, 2005.

Haslam, Andrew. Bookdesign Abrams Studio. New York: Abrams, 2006.

Heller, Steven, and Gail Anderson. New Vintage Type : Classic Fonts for the Digital Age. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2007.

LaFerla, Jane, and Veronika Alice Gunter. The Penland Book of Handmade Books : Master Classes in Bookmaking Techniques. 1st ed. New York: Lark Books, 2004.

Maravelas, Paul. Letterpress Printing : A Manual for Modern Fine Press Printers. London: Oak Knoll Press ;The British Library, 2005.

Paper : Tear, Fold, Rip, Crease, Cut. London: Black Dog, 2009.

Stein, Jeannine. Re-Bound : Creating Handmade Books from Recycled and Repurposed Materials. Beverly: Quarry Books, 2009.

Smith, Keith A. Structure of the Visual Book. Expanded 4th ed. Rochester, N.Y.: K. Smith Books, 2003.

Wallace, Eileen. Masters: book arts. New York: Lark Crafts, 2011

What is a journal?

  • Journals are ongoing publications also known as serials, periodicals or magazines.
  • Journals allow researchers and scholars to report findings and ideas. Theories and ideas circulating in contemporary visual culture will be discussed in journal articles.
  • Some journals are peer-reviewed or 'refereed'. Articles in these journals have been evaluated by specialists or experts within academia and / or industry.
  • Many journals are in electronic format but some are still in print. Browse the shelves on Level 4, Caulfield Library.