Author(s)/Editor(s): Thomas Millroth
Publisher: Walther Koenig
Dimensions: 200 x 285mm
Format: Softcover, text in English and Swedish
Books made by artists, artists’ books, tell a story of their own. But what is an artists’ book? It is difficult to draw boundaries although the phenomenon has played important roles in many art movements – from constructivism to situationism and underground But, as many say of all the new representational methods that entered the art world artists’ books were the only one with the capacity to include such widely different g forms of expression as text, drawing, poetry, prose, painting, transcriptions, instructions, music, collages and documentation – and these books can even be perforative. This transnational genre of art exists outside institutions and galleries. And even if its history is not so obvious, one thing is sure, it is alive and Ewell, thriving particularly in workshops, studios and at our art schools in neighbouring countries like Denmark and Germany, thus influencing the Swedish scene. It is a story about codex, the book, bringing get experiences of the old printing offices into contemporary art life.
This is indeed the first survey of artists’ books from a Swedish point of view. Each chapter is an essay, a way to see and understand artists ́ books from different views – like The social room, The Body, Berlin, The workshop, The library and archive etc.”