An artist’s book is a medium of artistic expression that uses the structure or function of “book” as inspiration—a work of art in book form. Artists’ books range from fine craft letterpress works to one-of-a-kind or limited-edition art objects presented in a wide variety of materials and book formats. Artists incorporate typography, papermaking, paper engineering, bookmaking, design, fine art, graphics, creative writing, and digital media into their book works. The CalArts Library has a rich, diverse collection of artist-made books.
How to Access Artists' Books
Artists' Books must be viewed in the Library, behind the Circulation Desk. Artists' Books are available whenever circulation staff are working.
Search the online catalog for artists' books. Notice the shelving location of Artists Books. Record the call number and request the item at the Main Library Circulation Desk. Circulation staff will page and facilitate viewing of the book.
CalArts Artist Book Collection
This Artstor collection contains representative images of over 1,700 books from the CalArts Artist Book Collection. Artist books include, but are not limited to, handmade books; small independent and fine press books; books designed and created by artists including CalArts students, alumni and faculty; as well as graphic novels and comics. The collection contains many books created by conceptual, Fluxus, and feminist artists during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.