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

from money.”

— 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.