IS 590AB Introduction to Artists Books

This course will look broadly at the development of modern artists' book from a historical perspective by tracing important precursors (including William Blake, William Morris, the 17th century cut-up Little Gidding Harmony bible) but focusing primarily on modern and contemporary artists’ books. Our understanding of artists' books will be rooted in two distinct but sometimes overlapping frameworks: concept and craft. We will look at artists’ books in the context of libraries, museums, and alternative art spaces.  We will read texts ranging from established book historians to contemporary art critics, as well as reading and examining artists’ books via digital facsimile. 

Textbooks and Course Materials

Available from the Illinois Union Bookstore (IUB).