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Clive Phillpot's Artists’ Books "Fruit Salad" Diagram, 1982?.
Kione Kochi, Clive Phillpot's diagram updated to illustrate new complexities in the age of digital publishing, Half Letter Press, 2013. (Source)

A comprehensive resource on artists' publishing.



Pre-1945 avant-garde


  • 0-9, 6 numbers, eds. Bernadette Meyer and Vito Acconci, New York, 1967-1969. Reprint. [1], [2]. FSL. [3], [4], ccindex.
  • Art-Language, 19 numbers, eds. Terry Atkinson, David Bainbridge, Michael Baldwin, Harold Hurrell, et al., Coventry, UK: Art & Language Press, 1969-1978. First issue carried the subtitle The Journal of Conceptual Art. Covers, [5], [6].
  • Új Symposion, 77+ numbers, eds. Bálint Szombathy (1971-72, 1986-89), László Kerekes (1984-85), et al., Novi Sad: Tribina mladih, [1971]-[1989]. [7], [8], [9], [10], [11]. (Hungarian)
  • Index, eds. Slobodan Tišma, Janez Kocijanić, and Mirko Radojičić, Novi Sad, [1969]-[1972]. Student magazine. [12]. (Serbo-Croatian)
  • Data, 32 numbers, eds. Tommaso Trini (Castelli) and Ciacia Nicastro, Milan: Prearo, 1971-1978. [13]. [14] (Italian),(English)
  • Polja 156: "Konceptualna umetnost", ed. Mirko Radojičić, Novi Sad, Feb 1972. (Serbo-Croatian)
  • The Fox, 3 numbers, eds. Sarah Charlesworth, Michael Corns, Preston Heller, Joseph Kosuth, Andrew Menard, Mel Ramsden, and Ian Burn, New York, 1975-1976. ccindex, [15].
  • Vision, 5 numbers, ed. Tom Marioni, Oakland, CA: Crown Point Press, 1975-1981. Issue 1. [16], [17], [18].
  • Red-herring, 2 numbers, eds. Karl Beveridge, Jill Breakstone, Ian Burn, Carole Conde, Michael Corns, Preston Heller, and Andrew Menard, New York: C.I.F., 1977-1978. ccindex, Allen.
Mail art
  • The Neo, 10+2 numbers, ed. Monty Cantsin, Montreal, 1979-81. Last two numbers published with the title Organ.
  • PhotoStatic, 41 numbers, ed. Lloyd Dunn, Aug 1983-Jan 1993.
  • SMILE, ed. Monty Cantsin, Feb 1984-95. [20] [21] [22]
  • Retrofuturism, 11+6 numbers, ed. Tape-beatles, Jan 1988-Apr 1993.
  • Yawn, 45 numbers, Sep 1989-Mar 1993.
  • Re:Action newsletter, 10 numbers, ed. Stewart Home, Winter 1994-Spring 1999.
  • Psrf, 2 numbers, ed. Lloyd Dunn, Oct 1997-Oct 1998.

Anthologies, sourcebooks

Artists, scholars, initiatives

Collections, archives

Online repositories



Selected essays

  • El Lissitzky, "Unser Buch", in Gutenberg Jahrbuch 1927, ed. Alois Ruppel, Mainz: Gutenberg-Gesellschaft, 1926-27. (German)
    • "The Future of the Book", New Left Review 41, Jan-Feb 1967, pp 39-44. (English)
    • "Our Book", trans. Helene Aldwinckle and Mary Whittall, in Lissitzky-Küppers, El Lissitzky, 1968; repr. in Graphic Design Theory: Readings From the Field, ed. Helen Armstrong, Princeton, 2009, pp 25-31. (English)
  • Ulises Carrión, "El arte nuevo de hacer libros", Plural (literary supplement in newspaper Excélsior) 4:41, México, Feb 1975, pp 33-38. Written in Amsterdam in May 1974. [24] (Spanish)
    • "The New Art of Making Books", Kontexts 6-7, Maastricht, 1975; repr. in Contents, Warsaw: Remont Gallery, 1976; repr. in Art Contemporary 3:1, San Francisco, 1977; repr. in Carrión, Second Thoughts, Amsterdam: VOID, 1980; repr. in Artists' Books: A Critical Anthology and Sourcebook, ed. Lyons, 1985; repr. in Ulises Carrion: We have won! Haven’t we?, ed. Guy Schraenen, Amsterdam: Fodor Museum, 1992. (English)
    • more translations
  • Lucy R. Lippard, "The Artist's Book Goes Public", Art in America, Jan-Feb 1977; repr. in Lippard, Get the Message? A Decade of Art for Social Change, E.P. Dutton, 1984, pp 48-52; repr. in Artists' Books: A Critical Anthology and Sourcebook, ed. Lyons, 1985, pp 45-48. (English)
  • Clive Phillpot, "Recent Art and the Book Form", in Artists' Books: From the Traditional to the Avant-Garde, New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1982. (English)
  • Richard Kostelanetz, "Book Art", in Artists' Books: A Critical Anthology and Sourcebook, ed. Lyons, 1985, pp 27-30, HTML. (English)
  • Lucy R. Lippard, "Conspicuous Consumption: New Artists' Books", in Artists' Books: A Critical Anthology and Sourcebook, ed. Lyons, 1985, pp 49-59. (English)
  • Shelley Rice, "Words and Images: Artists' Books as Visual Literature", in Artists' Books: A Critical Anthology and Sourcebook, ed. Lyons, 1985, pp 59-85. (English)
  • Barbara Moore, Jon Hendricks, "The Page as Alternative Space: 1950 to 1969", in Artists' Books: A Critical Anthology and Sourcebook, ed. Lyons, 1985, pp 87-95. (English)
  • Clive Phillpot, "Some Contemporary Artists and Their Books", in Artists' Books: A Critical Anthology and Sourcebook, ed. Lyons, 1985, pp 97-132. (English)
  • Robert C. Morgan, "Systemic Books by Artists", in Artists' Books: A Critical Anthology and Sourcebook, ed. Lyons, 1985, pp 207-222. (English)
  • Clive Phillpot, "Reading Artists' Books", in The Arts of the Book, Philadelphia: University of the Arts, 1988, pp 5-7. (English)
Artists' Books: A Critical Anthology and Sourcebook, dig.ed., 1985, Log, PDF.


Books, dissertations

Johanna Drucker, The Century of Artists’ Books, 1995/2004, Log.
Gwen Allen, Artists' Magazines: An Alternative Space for Art, 2011, Log.
Nicholas Thoburn, Anti-Book: On the Art and Politics of Radical Publishing, 2016, Log, PDF.
  • Susan Compton, World Backwards: Russian Futurist Book 1912-1916, London: British Library, 1978, 136 pp. (English)
  • Llibres d'artista / Artists' Books, ed. Tous i Giner Rafael, trans. Glòria Picazo, Barcelona: Metroǹom, 1981. (Catalan)/(English)
  • Silvie Turner (ed.), Facing the Page: British Artists' Books: A Survey 1983-1993, London: Estamp, 1993, 87 pp. (English)
  • Johanna Drucker, The Century of Artists’ Books, New York: Granary Books, 1995, xii+377 pp; 2nd ed., 2004, 377 pp. Review: Haskell (SubStance). (English)
  • Stephen Bury, Artists’ Books: the Book as a Work of Art, 1963-1995, Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1995, 223 pp; new ed., London: Bernard Quaritch, 2015, 258 pp. Reviews: Markovich (Art Doc), Rossman (Art Lib J), Vincler (Bib Soc Am). (English)
  • Charles Alexander (ed.), Talking the Boundless Book: Art, Language, & the Book Arts, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1995, 144 pp. (English)
  • Cathy Courtney, Private Views & Other Containers: Artists Books Reviewed by Cathy Courtney for "Art Monthly": 100 Articles, 1983-1995, London: Estamp, 1995, 156 pp. (English)
  • Anne Moeglin-Delcroix, Esthétique du Livre d'Artiste: 1960/1980, Paris: Jean-Michel Place, and Bibliothèque nationale de France, 1997, 389 pp; new ed. as Esthétique du livre d'artiste: une introduction à l'art contemporain, Paris: Mot et le reste, and Bibliothèque nationale de France, 2012, xxi+443 pp. [27], [28]. Reviews: Poulain (BBF), Hermange (Etudes Photo). (French)
  • Stefan Klima, Artists Books: A Critical Survey of the Literature, New York: Granary Books, 1998, 104 pp. Excerpt, [29]. (English)
  • Cathy Courtney, Speaking of Book Art: Interviews With British & American Book Artists, Los Altos Hills, CA: Anderson-Lovelace, 1999, ix+241 pp. [30] (English)
  • Renée Riese Hubert, Judd D. Hubert, The Cutting Edge of Reading: Artists’ Books, New York: Granary Books, 1999, 280 pp. [31] (English)
  • Jaroslav Andel, Avant Garde Book Design, 1900-1950, New York: Delano Greenidge, 2002, 388 pp. Review: Margolin (DI 2003). (English)
  • Rob Perrée, Cover to Cover: The Artist's Book in Perspective, Rotterdam: NAi Publishers, 2002. (English)
  • Maria Fusco, Ian Hunt (eds.), Put About: A Critical Anthology on Independent Publishing, London: Book Works, 2004, 194 pp. TOC. [32] (English)
  • Anne Moeglin-Delcroix, Sur le livre d'artiste: articles et écrits de circonstance (1981-2005), Marseille: Le mot et le reste, 2006, 588 pp. Review: Corbel (Perspective). (French)
  • Yves Jolivet (ed.), Le livre et l'artiste, Marseille: Le mot et le reste, 2007, 224 pp. Based on a colloquium in Marseille, 2007. Review: Corbel (Perspective). (French)
  • In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955, eds. Philip E Aarons and Andrew Roth, Zurich: jrp|ringier, and New York: PPP Editions, 2009, 440 pp. With contributions by Gil Blank, Victor Brand, Clive Philpot, Nancy Princethal, Neville Wakefield, and William S. Wilson. Publisher. Exhibition at ICA (2012). Review: Dyment (Magenta). (English)
  • Sarah Bodman, Tom Sowden, A Manifesto for the Book, Bristol: Impact Press, 2010, 185 pp. (English)
  • Gwen Allen, Artists' Magazines: An Alternative Space for Art, MIT Press, 2011, 300 pp. (English)
  • Garrett Stewart, Bookwork: Medium to Object to Concept to Art, University of Chicago Press, 2011, 249 pp. (English)
  • Anna Sigrídur Arnar, The Book as Instrument: Stéphane Mallarmé, The Artist's Book, and the Transformation of Print Culture, University of Chicago Press, 2011, xi+395 pp. [33] [34]. Reviews: Salsbury (AiP 2012), Roos (CAA 2012), Norrick-Rühl (PRQ 2012), Wiedenfeld (MLN 2013), Abbott (H-France 2013), Palermo (AB 2013), Melot (BBF 2013 FR). (English)
  • Bernhard Cella, Collecting Books: A Selection of Recent Art and Artists' Books Produced in Austria, Bernhard Cella / Hotel Ostblick, 2012, 150 pp. [35] [36] (English)
  • Amir Brito Cadôr, Enciclopedismo em Livros de Artista: um manual de construção da Enciclopédia Visual, Belo Horizonte: Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), 2012, 557 pp. PhD dissertation. (Brazilian Portuguese)
  • Clive Phillpot, Booktrek: Selected Essays on Artists' Books (1972-2010), ed. Lionel Bovier, Zurich: JRP Ringier, 2013, 286 pp. [37] (English)
  • Danske kunstnerbøger / Danish Artists' Books, eds. Thomas Hvid Kromann, Louise Hold Sidenius, Maria Kjær Themsen and Marianne Vierø, Copenhagen: Møller, and Cologne: Walther König, 2013, 300 pp. (Danish)/(English)
  • Annette Gilbert (ed.): Reprint: Appropriation (&) Literature, Wiesbaden: Lux Books, 2014, 580 pp. [38] (English)
  • Antoine Lefebvre, Portrait de l'artiste en éditeur, L'édition comme pratique artistique alternative, Paris: Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2014, 760 pp. PhD dissertation. (French)
  • Anne Mœglin-Delcroix, Leszek Brogwoski (eds.), Livre d'artiste: quels projets pour l'art?, Rennes: Incertain Sens, 2014, 304 pp. [39]. Review: Chevalier (Critique d'art). (French)
  • Albert Coers, Kunstkatalog—Katalogkunst. Der Ausstellungskatalog als künstlerisches Medium am Beispiel von Thomas Demand, Tobias Rehberger und Olafur Eliasson, Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015. (German)
  • The Art of Collaboration: Poets, Artists, Books, eds. Anca Cristofovici and Barbara Montefalcone, Cuneiform Press, 2015, 198 pp. Based on the symposium ‘'Collaboration and the Artist’s Book: a Transatlantic Perspective held at the University of Caen, France, March-April 2011. [40] (English)
  • Annette Gilbert (ed.), Publishing as Artistic Practice, Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2016, 304 pp. TOC, Weinmayr's essay. Workshop. [41] (English)
  • Nicholas Thoburn, Anti-Book: On the Art and Politics of Radical Publishing, University of Minnesota Press, 2016, xvi+372 pp. (English)
  • Nancy Perloff, Explodity: Sound, Image, and Word in Russian Futurist Book Art, Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2016, 208 pp. Online companion. [42] (English)
  • Andrew Roth, Philip E. Aarons, Claire Lehmann (eds.), Artists Who Make Books, London: Phaidon, and New York: PPP Editions, 2017, 336 pp. Survey of 32 artists. [43]
  • Jérôme Dupeyrat, Entretiens: perspectives contemporaines sur les publications d'artistes, Rennes: Incertain Sens, 2017, 312 pp. [44] (French)
  • Lucy Mulroney, Andy Warhol, Publisher, University of Chicago Press, 2018, 193 pp.
  • Freedom of the Presses: Artists' Books in the 21st Century, Brooklyn, NY: Booklyn, 2018. [45] (English)


Journal issues

Exhibition catalogues

Riva Castleman, A Century of Artists Books, 1994, PDF.
Margit Rowell, Deborah Wye, The Russian Avant-Garde Book, 1910-1934, 2002, Log, PDF.
  • Modern Painters and Sculptors as Illustrators, ed. Monroe Wheeler, New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1936, 128 pp. Exh. held at MoMA, 27 Apr-2 Sep 1936. (English)
  • Artists Books, ed. & forew. Dianne Vanderlip, Philadelphia: Moore College of Art, 1973, 77 pp. With essays by Lynn Lester Hershman and John Perreault. Exh. held at Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, 23 Mar-20 Apr 1973; University Art Museum, U California, Berkeley, 16 Jan-24 Feb 1974. The first major exhibition of artists’ books in the United States. (English)
  • Le Livre et l'artiste: tendances du livre illustré français, 1967-1976, ed. Antoine Coron, Paris: Bibliothèque nationale de France, 1977, 151 pp. Exh. held from 24 Jun-11 Sep 1977. [48] (French)
  • Artists' Books: From the Traditional to the Avant-Garde, New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1982, [52] pp. With text by Clive Phillpot. Exh. held at Archibald Stevens Alexander Library, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 16 Feb-16 Apr 1982. Exh. & symposium report. (English)
  • British Artists' Books, 1970-1983: An Exhibition, eds. Silvie Turner and Ian Tyson, London: Lund Humphries, 1984. (English)
  • Tendências do livro de artista no Brazil, eds. & intro. Annateresa Fabris and Cacilda Teixeira da Costa, São Paulo: Centro Cultural São Paulo, 1985, 18 pp. Exh. held 16 May-23 Jun 1985. (Brazilian Portuguese)
  • Livres d'artistes, ed. Anne Moeglin-Delcroix, Paris: Centre Pompidou & Herscher, 1985. Exh. held Jun-Oct 1985. [49] (French)
  • Audrey Isselbacher, Iliazd and the Illustrated Book, New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1987, 85 pp. [50] (English)
  • The Arts of the Book: a Project Devoted to an Appreciation of 20th Century Book Arts, forew. Ed Colker, intro. Eleni Cocordas, Philadelphia: University of the Arts, 1988, 20 pp. Exh. held at the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Haviland Hall and Arronson Gallery, Philadelphia College of Art and Design, 9 Sep-15 Oct 1988. (English)
  • The Avant-Garde Book: 1900-1945, ed. Jaroslav Andel, intro. Martha Wilson, New York: Franklin Furnace Archive, 1989, 68 pp. [51] (English)


Recent exhibitions

See also exhibition catalogues above.

Art and Culture

Avant-garde and modernist magazines, Artists' publishing, Graphic design, Photography, Typewriter art, Multimedia environments, Design research, Video activism, Urban practices, Zine culture, Demoscene, VJing, Live cinema, Art and technology centres, Cyberfeminism, Community television, Hacktivism, Art servers, Hackerspaces, CD-ROM art, Circuit bending, Pure Data, Media archives, VVVV, Maker culture, Glitch art, Live coding, Locative media, Libre graphics, Electromagnetism, Surf clubs, DIY biology, Post-digital, Neural aesthetics.
See also Art styles and movements.