Artists Who Make Books, Phaidon/PPP Editions, 2017
The category-defining survey of contemporary artists’ books
The artist’s book has long been an important form of expression, and Artists Who Make Books
brings together thirty-two prominent, international artists – including John Baldessari, Sophie
Calle, Hanne Darboven Sol LeWitt, Richard Prince, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, and Andy
Warhol – who have continuously produced books as part of their broader creative practice. This
volume traces the development of the medium from its formative years in the 1950s to more
recent experiments in bookmaking, illuminating connections and recurring themes over the
Organized by artist, with multiple works representing each, the book includes over 500
illustrations of covers and interior spreads, accompanied by original texts that provide further
context. Engaging interviews with artists Tauba Auerbach and Paul Chan, as well as pioneering
publisher Walther König; in-depth essays by historians Benjamin H. D. Buchloh and Lynda
Morris; and a detailed catalogue of all books illustrated round out this illuminating survey.
“I enjoy giving books I have made to others. Art seems pure for a moment and disconnected
— John Baldessari
“Artists’ books spread the word—whatever that word may be.”
—Lucy Lippard, Art-Rite
Philip E. Aarons is a collector of artists’ books and board chair of Printed Matter in New York.
Benjamin H. D. Buchloh is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Modern Art at Harvard
Jeffrey Kastner is a senior editor of Cabinet.
Claire Lehmann is an artist and writer based in New York.
Lynda Morris is a professor of art history and curation at Norwich University of the Arts.
Andrew Roth is a rare book dealer and the publisher of PPP Editions.