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The Book as Art: Artist Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts [Hardcover]

Krystyna Wasseerman , Johanna Drucker
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9 Nov 2006
Culled from over eight hundred unique or limited-edition volumes held by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, these books explore the form as a container for ideas. Descriptions of the works are accompanied by colorful illustrations and reflections by their makers, along with essays by leading scholars and a lively introduction by the most famous book artist in our culture, best-selling author Audrey Niffenegger. The exquisitely crafted objects in the "The Book as Art" are sure to provoke unexpected and surprising conclusions about what constitutes a book.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 2nd edition (9 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568986092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568986098
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 2.5 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,071,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Krystyna Wasserman, curator of book arts at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, has been one of the most important collectors in the field for the past thirty years. Johanna Drucker is a professor at the University of Virginia and the top scholar on artists' books today. Audrey Niffenegger, a book artist herself, is the author of the best-selling novel The Time Traveler's Wife, which is based on a character who is a papermaker and book artist.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wide-ranging review of the book as art 29 Dec 2008
This is an excellent and inspiring look at the artists' book format, with good photographs and accompanying text. Not for you if you want instructions in making books, but really useful as inspiration and to show you how far the medium can be taken.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant source book 8 Oct 2009
By sapitt
Having taught book art courses for beginners, this gives a really good idea of the breadth of the form and students all loved it and found it inspiring. The book is glossy and the photography appealing and I would highly recommend it as a source book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous and Inspiring 10 May 2007
By Book Nut - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are looking for inspirational, high quality photographs of some of the best fine art bookwork out there, this is for you. A few of the artists' books featured in here are also illustrated in other books, but the quality of the photographic reproductions here is so top notch that even though I'd seen some of the work before, it didn't matter all that much. The reproductions are fresh and full of detail. Each entry is accompanied by a nice little blurb from the artist explaining the work. Keep in mind that this is a catalogue from the National Museum of Women in the Arts. It is not a how-to, and the artists do not give instructions for making similar work or anything like that. This is for inspiration and enjoyment, with a little bit of art criticism thrown in. It's refreshing to see work of such originality and high quality, reproduced so well.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Arts 29 Mar 2007
By K. ikeda - Published on Amazon.com
A wonderful book with lovely photography. It highlights the National Museum of Women in the Arts collection of handcrafted books with examples from 108 national and international book artists. Beautiful examples of intricate craftsmanship and fine art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction into the book as an artform 25 Oct 2007
By L. Seamans - Published on Amazon.com
This book is wonderful! It features many artists and their foray into the world of book arts. The photos are splendid and the background information on the artists is excellent. It arrived in shrink-wrap which protected it nicely. Great book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best on creating books and journals 10 Dec 2007
By A. CoCo - Published on Amazon.com
One of the best! This book should be on your bookshelf if you are interested in the books as an art form. I would suggest it for any school or college media center. I would not include it on a list for coffee table books but if you have a serious home library which leans toward the book arts,artist journals and sketchbooks; by all means, put this out on the reading table.
The next best thing:Visiting the Museum in person!
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5.0 out of 5 stars For lovers of books 30 Jun 2008
By George F. Fry - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of those products which is true to its theme from the moment you unwrap it.Being a book about the beauty and creativity of books it has itself to be worthy, which it certainly is. It is a pleasure to hold and to explore, as the design and concept have been carefuly considered.
The examples chosen are rich and varied and are divided thematically.The problem is that so many of the books are enormously intriguing that one wants to handle them to discover their mysteries. However the descriptions are usually very good and do allow one to at least understand the concept of the creator.If you love books as art, this is a truly wonderful possession.
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