ARTISTS’ BOOKS. A Selection by American Artists. Documentation Catalogue.

Author: American Artists
Country: Denmark
Code: 6859
Language: English
Year Published: 2004
No. of pages: 45
Illustrations: Richly Illustrated Color Illustrations.
Size: 7 1/2”x 8 1/2”
Weight: 1.00

Price: 16.50

The idea of the book has a symbolic and cultural significance all over the world. The artists’ book is a relatively new artist medium that addresses so many concerns and issues in artistic production, many of which are particularly important in today’s discourse. This ‘new’ medium has its own complex history, which is older than the history of printing itself; it is about communication technology. The increasing activiy of book artists and the diversity of approaches are offering new views and changing old ways of seeing books. What this exhibit tried to do was display a number of American artists’ books that should begin to provide some insight into how different these books can be. Nearly every page consists of close to a full page rich color photo of a work.

BOKEN OCH KONSTNÄREN (The Book and the Artist). Albert Bonniers Förlag 150 År

Author: Olausson, Magnus, Ann Katrin Pihl Atmer, and Barbro Schaffer, eds
Country: Sweden
Code: 3899
Language: Swedish
Year Published: 1987
No. of pages: 63
Illustrations: 33 B&W Illustrations.
Size: 8 1/2”sq
Weight: 1.00

Price: 12.50

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Albert Bonniers Publishers, this exhibition focuses on their instrumental role in establishing a mutual relationship between artists and books. Bonniers Publishers, highly renowned in Sweden, often drew from the talents of Sweden’s most prominent artists to illustrate their books, book covers, and title pages. This book catalogs the 138 works included in this exhibition from artists such as Carl Larsson, Bruno Liljefors, Yngve Berg, Birger Lundquist, Isaac Grünewald, and Georg Pauli, to name a few. A perfect opportunity to view the talents of these superb artists in an atypical, but similarly intriguing, medium.

FORSBERG, VIDAR: EN SVENSK TYP0GRAF I VÄRLDEN (A Swedish Typographer in the World).

Author: Hultenheim, Carl Fredrik
Country: Sweden
Code: 3758
Language: Swedish
Year Published: 1998
No. of pages: 93
Illustrations: 25 Color Illustrations. 14 B&W Illustrations.
Size: 9 1/2”x 6 1/2”
Weight: 1.00

Price: 47.50

Experience the world of typography, the art of printing, with this in-depth examination of the beautiful and meticulous work of Vidar Forsberg. A truly unique figure, Forsberg held utmost respect for the materials with which he worked. Rather than opting for the practical innovations of modern technology, he remained steadfast in his faith to the art of craftmanship, and especially to the knowledge and tradition behind typography that have taken generations to develop and refine. For him, typography was not only an empty form through which content was displayed. Rather, Forsberg attempted to convey content through his work. With magnificent illustrations of his books and prints, this gorgeous book, in both form and content, remains faithful to the subject at hand.

LIVING WORDS & LUMINOUS PICTURES. Medieval Book Culture in Denmark

Author: Petersen, Erik
Country: Denmark
Code: 4125
Language: English
Year Published: 1999
No. of pages: 116
Illustrations: 102 Color Illustrations.
Size: 10 1/2”x 9”
Weight: 1.00

Price: 29.50

Enter into the magical world of the illuminated manuscript, one of the richest art forms from the Middle Ages in Europe. Living Words originated from a desire to make the contents of these manuscripts more accessible, thus exposing the various hidden facets of Middle Age life. This book explores the use and significance of the new book form-the codex-that revolutionized both the history of bookmaking and the history of civilization itself, as the written word now achieved a more flexible and durable medium. Chapters also deal more specifically with the role of the book in Medieval Denmark as well as Danish collections of the 18th Century. Written in striking detail and filled with colorful, illustrative pictures, this book provides fascinating glimpses of the life and light of the Middle Age period in Europe.

WEIL, SUSAN: ILLUMINATIONS. Bookworks of Susan Weil

Author: van Holten, Ragnar, ed.; Olle Granath, Susan Weil, text
Country: Sweden
Code: 3792
Language: English/ Swedish
Year Published: 1997
No. of pages: 61
Illustrations: 6 Color Illustrations. 31 B&W Illustrations.
Size: 10”x 8”
Weight: 1.00

Price: 29.50

The tradition of fine book craftmanship and the opportunities for departure from these traditions have been an important source of inspiration for this artist. Focusing on one-of-a kind or limited edition art books, Weil’s use of defined formats and unexpected juxtapositions of materials provide the poetry in her work with a combination of intimacy and focus. The strength of her metaphors stems from the meeting between personal everyday experiences and a close study of the great classics of literature. Each form for a book she creates pays homage to the author, whether it be Joyce, Rumi, or Sophocles. This catalog contains beautiful illustrations of her innovative and varied work, each of which is accompanied by an explanation written by the artist herself.