Artists' books, simply defined, are books made by artists or works of art in book form. Unlike most of Crossett's collections, the artists' books are not in the open shelves but you can digitally browse the collection.
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Examples of artists' books in the library's collection
Call Number: Artists' Books N7433.4.W664 I6 2017
Publication Date: Women's Studio Workshop, 2017
The Women’s Studio Workshop invited twelve artists working in the social terrains of California, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Tennessee to consider the safety pin’s rise as the symbol of contemporary protest. The resulting portfolio, In Solidarity, captures the waves of distrust, encouragement, criticism, and hope in calls for allyship following the 2016 presidential election. Silkscreen and digitally printed. Edition of 35. Crossett owns number 5. Signed. Loose leaf with case.
Call Number: Artists' Books N7433.4 .A7 2017
Publication Date: Primary Information
Artist-made postcards for use in mail-abetted protest commissioned by Primary Information, a non-profit organization devoted to publishing artists’ books and artists’ writings. Artists include Amy Yao, Mónica de la Torre, Ian Cheng, Mary Lum, Tony Oursler, Paul Ramírez Jonas and more. "“Like many of our peers, we have been using random postcards to send to our local, state, and national politicians to voice our concerns. We feel strongly that the images accompanying these concerns should belong to artists, and we have initiated this series to provide artists the opportunity to add their voice.” "Each month, Primary Information commissions artists to produce postcards in an ongoing open edition. All postcards are priced at cost. Postcards have long been a part of the artist book tradition, with artists engaging with the form for well over 50 years now. While Primary Information sees this project as a continuation of that very important tradition, the organization also sees the need to double down on this form as a political space embedded with the urgency, diversity, and complexity of voices that are the hallmark of our times. Who better to do this than artists?"
Charted Patterns for Sweaters that Talk Back
Call Number: Artists' Books PN4836 .A94 C53 2008
Publication Date: Printed Matter, 2008
Published to coincide with Lisa Anne Auerbach's 2008 exhibition at Printed Matter, this artist's book brings together the various facets of Auerbach's artistic practice, which has included zine making, co-organizing the High Desert Test Sites project, and knitting. Political, relational, humorous, and instructive, it offers the reader step by step instructions on how to knit sweaters and skirts that feature a variety of slogans ("When there's nothing left to burn, you've got to set yourself on fire" and "Yes we can! No we McCain't!" are two examples.) With full-color photos of Auerbach and friends modeling the sweaters. Saddle stitch.