JAB38 | Fall 2015

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JAB38: The New Century of Artists’ Books

The N.Y. Art Book Fair took place this year from September 17–20 at PS1, MoMA in Long Island City. Johanna Drucker and I shared a table in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the publishing of her book The Century of Artists’ Books (Granary 1995) and my founding of JAB in 1994. During the fair, Tate Shaw, Director of the Visual Studies Workshop, and Johanna presented topics to be considered in the new century of artists’ books from her own perspective as well as those submitted by people who had responded to her request for topics earlier in the summer (see below). I gave a brief summary of JAB’s two-pronged approach to culture creation–educational and creative—and an overview of its DIY essence.

The NYABF overflowed with massive amounts of publication arts—including artists’ books, zines, scholarly books about art, journals, prints, photo books, etc. There were more than 300 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors. One of the best parts of the fair is to see old friends—people who know each other’s work and are creatively involved in publication arts. People who, by the way, understand the salient fact of books—that they are small, easily transportable objects that carry a lot of information. Unfortunately this obvious aspect of books is not generally understood by most art school faculty who, as I recently observed during a crit, expect that book arts MFA students construct installations for their thesis projects, and demand repeatedly that the work be bigger, or red, among other irrelevancies.

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JAB38 Table of Contents

Below, JAB38 Special Envelope Insert of Artists' Books by Jenna Rodriguez, Buzz Spector, and Scott McCarney & skuta


Print Production Fellows Mary Clare Butler and Woody Leslie designed the cover of JAB38, and Butler printed it as a tritone on the Heidelberg GTO here at the Center for Book, Paper, & Print, Columbia College Chicago. Springing forth from our Alumni Residency Program, the artists’ book Cayuga Nation: Now & Then was printed by Jenna Rodriguez (previous PPF)—and inserted along with Buzz Spector’s on./the/page at the back of the book and Scott McCarney and skùta’s saga in the envelope on the inside back cover of this JAB. Spector spent a week with us as one of our summer resident artists and designed his book during that time. The paper throughout is Mohawk Superfine. Butler’s artist pages (36–37) are duotone tests for her upcoming thesis project. Ruby Figueroa and Isaac Fosl-van Wyke, also Print Production Fellows and graduate students in the MFA program, printed the text block while I supervised. Thanks as always to our intrepid webmaster Kathi Beste, and her Sunshine Band.

Special Features: Click for Larger Images

Brad Freeman, Artist Books Brisbane Event: Photo Impressions

Jamie Weaver, Stranger in Town

JAB (The Journal of Artists’ Books) is indexed in The H.W. Wilson Company, Art Abstracts, CSA’s ARTbibliographies Modern, and in Bibliography of the History of Art.