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1,000 Artists' Books: Exploring the Book as Art (1000 Series) Paperback – June 1, 2012
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Sandra Salamony is a professional book designer. She has authored, coauthored, and curated several books on artisan topics. She lives in Traverse City, Michigan. Visit her online at http://www.sandrasalamony.com.
Peter and Donna Thomas are book artists and coauthors of More Making Books by Hand. They live in Santa Cruz, California.
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1000 Artists' Books is divided into four chapters: 1. Codex books, (books with pages joined to make a spine); 2. Accordion and fold-able books (books with multiple-fold pages); 3. Single sheet books (stacks of pages, scrolls); 4. Sculptural books (books made from objects and objects made into books). Chapters 1, 2 and 4 are each roughly 30% of the book. Chapter 3 is about 60 photos. In the back is an image directory that lists the title, materials, etc. for each book. There is also an artist directory, listing urls and email addresses. Some people have said it is a little awkward to flip between the photos and the image directory. I put a book mark in the image directory to make this easier.
None of the books shown are titled or described on the pages upon which they appear. By the time you've looked at all the books, if you still have the time and energy, the titles and brief descriptions can be found, but not easily, in the back of the book. You will have to find the page on which the book appears, remember it and then look it up, not by artist's name, but by its title. Too much work.
When I look at a book of this type, I want to know immediately what the book is about, not simply the name of the artist. "500 Handmade Books" (Lark) does it best. That said, it's great to see Artist Books celebrated and know that there are wonderful books being made everywhere.
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You'll be amazed at what can be turned into pages and books. There are books with wooden covers, one that looks like a guitar, another is a building complete with signage, one literally has a nest of eggs. Many use specially designed paper, like clear plastic, sponge-like seaweed thing, canvas of indescribable textures and more. There are so many different treatment and presentation. Every page is a surprise.
Towards the back is a section called Sculptural Books that really push the concept of what's possible. Although they no longer fall into the categories as books, they still are great pieces of art and craft.
Fascinating collection of artists books.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link)
However I was disappointed for several reasons. I understand this is one of Quarry Books' 1,000 series but the book title is deceptive. There are not 1,000 books, but 1,000 images, with some books featured with more than one photograph. I also didn't like how the book is laid out - the artists' books featured are displayed with their creators credited, but to get any more information, you have to refer to the directory at the back, which I eventually made a copy of so I didn't have to keep flipping back and forth to know more about what I was looking at. The directory itself I found disappointing as well. It lists the books' names and the materials and bindings used to make them, but in most cases, it doesn't offer any description of the content of the artworks (other than to say they include illustrations or text) or the artists' intent. That made it difficult to get a sense of the purpose or the importance of the works, making the experience mostly two-dimensional for me (although a very pleasing 2D gallery visit).
I would have liked to have had a better idea of why these books were chosen. Because they look good, if I understand correctly from what one the reviewers wrote, two of whose books are featured. That's fine and the images are all well-photographed and extremely attractive, but it didn't add to my understanding of book arts or what a powerful artistic medium it can be.Read more ›
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Professional photography and interesting ideas. Lots of very different takes on altering books.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
The photographs are large enough to enjoy details. This is my Sunday morning with coffee and nobody is home book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by 88Poets
GIFT! This is an amazing collection of hand made Artists' Books. It was a Christmas gift but extremely difficult to give up.Published 12 months ago by T. Taylor
Lots to look at. Loved the variety and sat and looked at the whole book. Now I'm ready to study the images.Published 18 months ago by M. Peterson
I was very happy to see many new ideas in book artistry even though I have purchased or looked through many other books of this nature. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Marilyn J. Brown
IF ONE IS AN ARTIST OR HAS ANY INTEREST IN HANDMADE BOOKS THIS IS TERRIFIC. IT IS FULL OF WONDERFUL, ORIGINAL, CREATIVE EXAMPLES. JUST FUN TO LOOK AT. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Judith R. Hert