This anthology of articles selected from The Journal of Artists’ Books contains some of the best critical writing on artists’ books produced in the last quarter of a century. Driven by the editorial vision of artist Brad Freeman, JAB began as a provocative pamphlet and expanded to become a significant journal documenting artists’ books from multiple perspectives. With its range of participants and approaches, JAB provided a unique venue for sustained critical writing in the field and developed a broad subscriber base among institutional and private collectors and readers. More than two hundred writers and artists from nearly two dozen countries around the globe were published in its pages.
The JAB Anthology contains contributions by many renowned figures in the field including: Anne Moeglin-Delcroix, Janet Zweig, Monica Carroll, Adam Dickerson, Alisa Scudamore, Mary Jo Pauly, April Sheridan, Doro Boehme, Gerrit Jan de Rook, Océane Delleaux, Brandon Graham, Jérôme Dupeyrat, Ward Tietz, Paulo Silveira, Philip Cabau, Leszek Brogowski, Lyn Ashby, Tim Mosely, Debra Parr, Pedro Moura, Levi Sherman, Catarina Figueiredo Cardoso, Isabel Baraona, and the editors.
“This wonderful and indispensable book cuts away from mere craft to discover the artist’s book as a strange and improbable terrain of invention in art and publishing. Here the best work in the field grapples with the artist’s book as a problem space, an indefinite and critical array of forms, materials, sensations, and strategies.”—Nicholas Thoburn, author, Anti-Book: On the Art and Politics of Radical Publishing
“This tremendous anthology distills JAB’s core mission to elevate the critical discourse on artists’ books. From canonical essays by Drucker, Freeman, and Moeglin-Delcroix to dialogs with key players in the field like Lyons or Carrión, this book will serve as a valuable resource for artists, educators, students, curators, and scholars.”—Anna Sigrídur Arnar, author, The Book as Instrument: Stéphane Mallarmé, the Artist’s Book, and the Transformation of Print Culture