Contemporary book artists take their inspiration from what has come before while utilizing new techniques and technology to create unique works of art that can be used in a variety of classes. The Smithsonian Libraries and Archives defines an artists’ book as “a medium of artistic expression that uses the form or function of “book” as inspiration. It is the artistic initiative seen in the illustration, choice of materials, creation process, layout and design that makes it an art object. What truly makes an artist’s book is the artist’s intent, and artists have used the book as inspiration in a myriad of ways and techniques, from traditional to the experimental.” To read the complete essay, visit the Overview Essay tab of this guide.
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