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Study of the book arts is alive and well at Stanford


Artists' books class visit - Photo by: Ala Ebtekar, used with permission. Artists' books class visit - Photo by: Ala Ebtekar, used with permission. 

Each year, students from art, art history, photography, and design classes visit the Art & Architecture Library to view a selection of the artists’ books held in the library’s Locked Stacks collection. This winter, students from Ala Ebtekar’s Artist’s Book class made two visits to see twenty different titles, with highlights such as Stéphane Mallarmé’s typographic masterpiece ...Un coup de dés jamais n'abolira le hasard; poème, Gordon Matta-Clark’s Conceptual work Walls Paper, and Anna Hellsgård and Christian Gfeller’s silkscreen-printed Relax (Zeitgeist). The students used the books as inspiration for their final projects, which will themselves be on view in the Art & Architecture Library’s reading room in April.

The artists’ book collection, with holdings ranging from the historical to the contemporary, is available to the entire Stanford community for study and enjoyment. Those who are new to the field or are interested in expanding their familiarity can consult the Artists’ Books topic guide or peruse the representative sample included in the SearchWorks Stanford Artists’ Books Collection.