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What's in the Library: Books: What is an Art Book?

What is an Art Book?

 

Catalogue Raisonné

Exhibition Catalogues Artists' Books (Bookworks)

 

Definition

a comprehensive, annotated listing of all the known artworks by an artist either in a particular medium or all media. a printed list of exhibits at an art or museum exhibition; images of displayed works usually included Artists' books (or bookworks) are works of art that utilize the form of the book. They are often published in small editions, though they are sometimes  produced as one-of-a-kind objects.
Types

all known works by a single artist usually arranged chronologically

all known works of a certain medium by a single artist (e.g. the Prints of Goya)

all know works of a certain genre form a school of arts or geographic region (e.g. The Barbazon School)

formats vary widely from large-sized "coffee table" books to small pamphlets; formats tend to reflect the size and status or economic standing of a gallery or museum as bookworks are created as artworks, any attempt to define genres or types challenging (if not futile!)
Authors

essays compiled in catalogue raisonne are written by scholars, academics, researchers, professional practitioners as they take decades to research, annotate and authorize rights permissions, oftentimes art foundations specialize in the production process

artists whose works are displayed (even posthumously) are listed as authors, curators, art critics,  celebrities or specialists in the culture industry artists, artisans, craftspeople, poets, book makers
Publishers

art foundations, art galleries or museums sometimes published in collaboration with private commercial companies or non-profit organizations, university presses, academic presses,

art foundations, art galleries or museums sometimes published in collaboration with private commercial companies or non-profit organizations

artists, artisans, craftspeople, poets, book makers producing independently.

independent presses producing limited edition publications

Audience scholars, academics, researchers, professional practitioners in the arts, artists, curators artists, curators, art critics,  scholars, academics, researchers, professional practitioners in the arts artists, artisans, craftspeople, poets, book makers, connoisseurs, collectors
Sources Used primary documents, artists' writings and letters, secondary sources often referenced by theorists and critics especially in referencing biographical information for artists or cultural theories; personal artists' statements can be included secondary sources often referenced by theorists and critics especially in referencing biographical information for artists or cultural theories; personal artists' statements can be included as bookworks are created as artworks, any attempt to define genres or types challenging (if not futile!)