• critical theory
  • pictorial wrappers
  • offset-printed
  • sewn bound
  • black-and-white & color
  • 25.5 x 18 cm.
  • 276 pp.
  • edition size unknown
  • unsigned and unnumbered
  • ISBN 9780898221268

Artists' Books : Visual Studies Workshop Press 1971–2008

Joan Lyons, Johanna Drucker, Tate Shaw


"'The beginnings of Visual Studies Workshop Press were based on equal parts of enthusiasm, synchronicity, happenstance, and a bit of conjuring. Thirty-seven years and over four hundred and fifty books later, this bibliography is an opportunity to review the accomplishments of a Press that was at once publisher, printer, access shop and teaching facility. Present when the emergent phenomenon of artists' books was taking shape, the Press became a site for collaboration. As Johanna Drucker notes in her introduction, "Learning what a book was and how it worked so that it was not just an inert vehicle for reproduction took a community of individuals groping towards innovation through experiment.'" Central to this bibliography is an illustrated selection of one hundred and ten books with statements, in most cases, by their artist-authors. In addition to serving as the record of a prolific and long-lived artists' press, this book provides a representative sampling of bookworks produced by artists over the past three decades—as described in their own words. Also included is a complete bibliography and an illustrated timeline." -- publisher's statement. Edited and with a preface by Joan Lyons, introduction by Johanna Drucker, and an afterword by Tate Shaw.


No. 307 in "The Book on Books on Artists' Books" by Arnaud Desjardin. London, England : The Everyday Press, 2011, pp. 167.