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    1000 Artists' Books: A Showcase of Fine Hand-bound Structures (Quarry Books) (Paperback) By (author) Sandra Salamony, By (author) Peter Thomas, By (author) Donna Thomas

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    DescriptionThe book is a timeless art form, one that is as alive today as ever before, and artists continue to explore and explode the boundaries of what a book is and can be. In this beautiful collection, you will experience close-up various aspects of hand-crafted books: covers, bindings, scrolls, folded and origami structures, and books made from found objects. You will find richly illustrated and calligraphed pages as well as books created from a variety of print processes. Ingenuity and creativity abounds in this carefully curated collection of both historically important and modern works.


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    visually gorgeous but a bit disappointing4

    liberal sprinkles Visually this book is gorgeous. There is plenty of eye candy and the variety of styles and constructions of the books featured make 1,000 Artists' Books interesting and inspiring to aspiring book artists and crafters.

    However I was disappointed for several reasons. I understand this is one of Quarry Books' 1,000 series but the book title is deceptive. There are not 1,000 books, but 1,000 images, with some books featured with more than one photograph. I also didn't like how the book is laid out - the artists' books featured are displayed with their creators credited, but to get any more information, you have to refer to the directory at the back, which I eventually made a copy of so I didn't have to keep flipping back and forth to know more about what I was looking at. The directory itself I found disappointing as well. It lists the books' names and the materials and bindings used to make them, but in most cases, it doesn't offer any description of the content of the artworks (other than to say they include illustrations or text) or the artists' intent. That made it difficult to get a sense of the purpose or the importance of the works, making the experience mostly two-dimensional for me (although a very pleasing 2D gallery visit).

    I would have liked to have had a better idea of why these books were chosen. Because they look good, if I understand correctly from what one the reviewers wrote, two of whose books are featured. That's fine and the images are all well-photographed and extremely attractive, but it didn't add to my understanding of book arts or what a powerful artistic medium it can be. I most appreciated the book where there was even the shortest description - for instance Jerry Bleem's Collateral Damage (Uncorrected), which was crafted with lint from US flags on lint roller sheets with correction fluid used to transcribe letters written by two soldiers, one in 1861 and the other in 2003.

    Still, there is no doubt the book is a visual feast. It is organized by binding and the first few sections (codex books, according and foldable books, single-sheet books) feature books in more traditional forms. The more unusual constructions are found in the sculptural books section, where we're shown installation art pieces, hanging sculptures, carved books, paper cut pieces and wearable books, among others. Some of these I've already seen online or in other books, but there is still a lot to admire.

    Overall, I did enjoy the book although I found it somewhat superficial. I would have liked to have seen more artists' books that push the boundary of what is considered a book and a better presentation of what an artists' book can accomplish in conveying a message. by liberal sprinkles

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