Next time someone asks me ‘what is Book Art’ I’ll refer them to this diagram by Clive Phillpot. I went to see him talk at the Whitechapel Gallery as part of a discussion with Antony Hudek of Occasional Papers about his upcoming book ‘Booktrek: Selected Essays on Artists’ Books since 1972′. He gave the audience very interesting (controversial?) definitions of all this apple, lemon and pear business:

  • art: Work usually produced by the use of skill and creative imagination.
  • book: Set of sheets usually fastened together along one edge and trimmed on the other edges.
  • art book: Book of which an artist, or art, is the subject.
  • artist book: Book of which an artist is the author.
  • artist’s book: Book belonging to an artist.
  • book object: Artwork that only alludes to the book form, or, a bok rendered unusable as part of an artwork.
  • book arts: Crafts utilised in the making of books.
  • book art: Artworks that utilise books or the book form.
  • bookwork: Artwork dependent upon the structure of the book, or, a book that supports or cotains an artwork.
Share this:
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • StumbleUpon
  • Tumblr
  • Twitter