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Artists' Book Collection


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About the Collection

  • Approximately 1,000 titles
  • Entire list is in OBIS under the N 7433.4 call number
  • Available by appointment Mon.-Fri., 8:30-4:30; Titles must be read in the library with staff monitoring
  • Established artists: Xu Bing, Edward Ruscha, Yoko Ono, Damien Hirst, Kiki Smith, George Maciunus, Edward Gorey, Rick Moody
  • Well-known book artists: Maureen Cummins, Julie Chen, Carol Barton, Daniel Essig, Ediciones Vigía, Laura Wait, Robbin Ami Silverberg, Claire Van Vilet
  • Work by Oberlin students, alumni, and faculty

Artists' Book Imagebase (ABI)


Ruth Hughes Collection of Artists' Books

What is an Artists' Book?

...[A] book done for its own sake and not for the information it contains. That is: it doesn't contain a lot of works, like a book of poems. It is a work. Its design and format reflects its content.... ...The experience of reading it, viewing it, framing it—that is what the artist stresses in making it. The illusion is that it is something new. Not so. Blake's most visual books are obvious early artists' books. (Dick Higgins, "A Preface." In Artists' Books: A Critical Anthology and Sourcebook. Edited by Joan Lyons. Rochester, N.Y.: Visual Studies Workshop Press, 1985. p. 11.)

Last updated:
May 23, 2014