Art Made From Books: A “Compelling Art Form” on the Rise

Art Made From Books: Altered, Sculpted, Carved, Transformed. Edited by Laura Heyenga • Preface by Brian Dettmer • Introduction by Alyson Kuhn The latest compilation on the blossoming genre of art made from books comes to us from Chronicle Books. Over 25 artists are featured in this well produced book featuring over 200 photos and a nifty looking exposed sewn spine. detail of a piece left by Anonymous From Doug Beube, an early artist to transform the book, to the Anonymous book artist who began peppering Scotland with beautiful book sculptures in 2011, Art Made From Books is a visual journey through the work...

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Dieter Roth and the “Stinky” Artist’s Book

Dieter Roth. Literature Sausage (Literaturwurst). 1969, published 1961–70 "What's really incredible about Roth is the way he started to totally reinvent what a book could be. When he began making books in the early 1950s he decided that, for him, a book didn't need a binding or a sequence or a text or even an image." - Sarah Suzuki MoMA curator   How about cheese, chocolate and bannanas Between 1961 and 1970 Roth created about fifty “literature sausages.” To make each sausage Roth followed a traditional recipe, but with one crucial twist: where the recipe called for ground pork, veal, or beef, he...

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Kirsty Mitchell’s ‘Wonderland’

'Wonderland' began in 2009 as a series of works dedicated to the memory of her mother, an English teacher "who spent over thirty years inspiring generations of children."  While grieving the  loss of her mom Mitchell took to "creating an unexplained storybook without words, dedicated to her, that would echo the fragments of the fairytales she read to me constantly as a child." Now four years later the storybook is nearing completion and it is filled with 75 stunning works. Once Upon a TimeThe StorytellerAn Ocean of Tales Until The Shores Of HomeA Twist In The Tale A Forgotten Tale Wow! Wow! Wow!...

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