Sculptural book made from perspex, sewn with twine as binding, "pages" don't open fully as they are held together with various heavy-duty cotton. "
Artists' books are books or book-like objects created by artists as works of art. There is such a variety of artists' books that it is often easier to define what they are not, rather than what they are. They are neither books about artists, nor do they have reproductions of artists' works. Artists' books may not even be recognisable as books, and they may challenge our conceptions of waht, exactly, constitutes such an object.
The State Library of Queensland holds approximately 800 artists' books in the Australian Library of Art, thirty of which have been selected for the Treasures Wall opening exhibition Unbound: artists' books from the collection. This display offers an insight into the wealth of treasures held within the State Library, and showcases some significant holdings by well-known artists, many of which have never been viewed.
- Download the catalogue [new window 524kb pdf ]
- Read the essay
- View all the works in Unbound
- Visit the Artists' books website to find comprehensive education resources for teachers.
Unbound: artists' books from the collection — on display 25 November 2006 - 11 March 2007