Artists’ Books . . . some interesting journals

Here are a few journal articles of interest in relation to works and artists featured this month in

‘A blog a day – artists’ books – the Ron King d0nation’.

Weproductions Forty Years and Counting by Brandon Graham, Journal of Artists Books , Fall 2011, Issue 30, p30-37, 8p. The article considers several notable books from the influential and respected imprint, Weproductions, including “Chinese Whispers,” “Clinkscale,” and “Back to Back.” An elaboration on the 40 year history of the imprint since it was begun by its founder Telfer Stokes in 1971, who was later joined by Helen Douglas in 1974, is presented. Other Weproductions books considered include “Wild Wood,” “Last Days of Kas,” “Illiers Combray,” and “A Venetian Brocade.”

Between the Two by Cathy Courtney, Art Monthly , May 1998, Issue 216, p51-52, 2p. An interview with the artist Helen Douglas. Douglas discusses a range of topics regarding her new book Between the Two, including her handling of the camera, the book’s natural imagery, its absence of text and the quality of calligraphic line that she found through using the camera, and the contrast between the book’s red, velvety covers and the black-and-white imagery inside.

     

Telfer Stokes, Journal of Artists Books; Fall 99, Issue 12, p5-8, 4p. . . . Telfer Stokes discusses the artist’s books he has produced. From the outset, Stokes wanted to establish the way in which books worked. His first book, PASSAGE (1972) included a sequence documenting the construction of a corner of a room over the existing corner. This process of construction involving the existing shape of an open book continued in CHINESE WHISPERS, REAL FICTION, and THE BOOK. The books REAL FICTION, MIM, and YOUNG MASTERS & MISSES, however, no longer depended on the development of each page representing another step in the sequential visual narrative, but involved visual narratives where each page contained similar elements but featured different combinations every time.

King of the Press by Paula Carson, Creative Review; March 1997, Vol. 17, p43-46, 4p. The work of Ron King, founder of Circle Press publishers in 1966, is discussed. Anansi Company, a lively, exuberant wire puppet book based on a series of Jamaican songs and stories, is one of King’s most celebrated pieces of work. King wanted the book to feature puppets that could be removed from the book and played with. He pressed the puppets into handmade rag paper; the paper was dampened and molded, leaving niches in which the puppets could be placed.

Some other journals titles available through Cardiff Met with news and features about artists’ book . . . .

Afterimage

The Art Book

Artforum International

Blue Notebook

Book 2.0

Printmaking Today

Word and Image

Use the Journal A – Z here to locate the print and electronic journals. Many articles can be found by searching within the database Art Full Text here.

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