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The livre d’artiste, or deluxe edition book, was first published by two Parisian art dealers, Ambroise Vollard and Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, in the 1890s-1900s. They realized that as the upper-middle class expanded in the 19th century, and there was a market for deluxe editions of finely crafted books that combined the talents of well-known or up-and-coming artists and writers. Elements of the livre d’artiste genre included large-sized format, hand coloring and printing, fine binding, and use of rare materials, all of which were created in a limited edition to appeal as collector’s items. Another distinguishing characteristic of livres d’artistes were their collaborative nature, not simply between artist and poet but also between printer, designer, typographer, binder, papermaker and dealer.1

The Reed College collection contains several 20th century livres d'artistes which include David Hockney’s Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm with Original Etchings by David Hockney, produced by Petersburg Press in association with the Kasmin Gallery, and John Ashbery’s Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror, which contains eight original prints by well known artists, produced at Arion Press.

footnotes

1 Betty Bright. No Longer Innocent: Book Art in America 1960-1980. Granary Books. New York City: 2005. 29.

 

Featured Books in Reed College's Special Collections

title

Five Poems

title

Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm

artist

Kara Walker

 

artist

David Hockney

author

Toni Morrison

 

 

             

title

Life & Death

 

title

The Animal is in the World like Water in Water

author

Robert Creeley

  author

Leslie Scalapino

artist

Francesco Clemente

 

artist

Kiki Smith

             

title

Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

 

title

Trying to Save Piggy Sneed

artist

Collected artists

 

artist

Gilbert Neri

author

John Ashbery

  author

John Irving

Artist/Author in Reed College's Special Collections

Ai, Weiwei View artist website

Albers, Josef *View Reed library catalog record

Andre, Carl View Reed library catalog record

Arion Press View artist website

Artschwager, Richard

Ashbery, John View artist book page View Reed library catalog record

Ataman, Kutlug View artist website

Austin, Kimberly View artist website

Aycock, Alice

Baldessari, John

Barnes, Paul

Barney, Matthew

Baskin, Leonard View Reed library catalog record

Beuys, Joseph

Birnbaum, Dara

Blake, William

Bleckner, Ross

Bloom, Barbara

Blossfeldt, Karl

Boltanski, Christian

Bourgeois, Louise View artist website

Boyden, Ian View Reed library catalog record View webpage

Bracewell, Michael

Bruggeman, Inge * View Reed library catalog record View contentDM record View webpage

Burgin, Victor

Buss, Warren

Cage, John View artist website

Cano, Margarita Becerra

Carroll, M. E.

Cendrars, Blaise * View artist books webpage View Reed library catalog record

Chadwick, Macy View artist website

Chen, Julie View artist book page View Reed library catalog record View in CONTENTdm View artist website

Clemente, Francesco *View artist book page View Reed library catalog record View in CONTENTdm

Cohen, Stanley A.

Creeley, Robert *View artist book page View Reed library catalog record View in CONTENTdm

Critical Art Ensemble

Crown Point Press View artist website

Cummins, Maureen

Darling, Candy

Deeg, Daniela

Delaunay, Sonia *View artist book page View Reed library catalog record

Dergatchov, Oleg *View artist book page View Reed library catalog record View CONTENTdm record

Dion, Mark

Dombrosky, Marc

Drucker, Johanna *View artist book page View Reed library catalog record website

Duchamp, Marcel

Dumas, Marlene

Elliott, Steven

Ely, Timothy *View Reed library catalog record View artist website

Fahrner, Barbara

Ferrara, Jackie

Finlay, Ian Hamilton *View Reed library catalog record View artist website

Fischli, Peter

Fletcher, Harrell

Gaulke, Cheri View artist website

Gerlovins- Kolkhoz; Collective Farm * View artist book page View CONTENTdm record

Gilbert & George View artist website

Gilbert, Sharon

Gimblett, Max

Gober, Robert

Goethe, Meine Ruh

Goldberg, Jim View artist website

Gómez-Peña, Guillermo

Graham, Dan

Granary Books View artist website

Greenwood, Georgianna View artist website

Grenfall Press View artist book page View artist website

Group Material

Guerrilla Girls—Poster Portfolio

Haacke, Hans

Hamady, Walter *View Reed library catalog record View artist website

Hamilton, Ann

Hamlin, Eric

Hannah, Duncan

Harlan, Susan View Reed library catalog record View artist website

Heap of Birds, Edgar

Held, John

Higgins, Dick View artist website

Hiller, Susan

Hirst, Damien

Hockney, David View artist book page View Reed library catalog record

Holt, Nancy

Holzer, Jenny View artist website

Horowitz, Sarah View Reed library catalog record View CONTENTdm record View artist website

Irving, John View artist book page View Reed library catalog record

Ives Street Press View artist website

Jacobs, Diane *View Reed library catalog record View CONTENTdm record View artist website

Janus Press

Johns, Jasper

Kabakov, Ilya

Kaprow, Allan View artist website

Kawara, On

Kellner, Tana View artist website View Reed library catalog record

Kelly, Ellsworth

Kentridge, William View artist book page View Reed library catalog recordView record in CONTENTdm

Ketelhodt, Ines V. *View Reed college library record View artist website

King, Susan Elizabeth View artist website

Kinnell, Galway

Klein, Yves

Knapp, Sandra

Knight, Nick

Knowles, Alison View artist website

Kolkhoz; Collective Farm View CONTENTdm record

Kosuth, Joseph View artist website

Kunc, Karen * View artist website

Kusama

Lange, Tobias *View Reed library catalog record View artist website

Larned, Emily K. View artist website

Lee, Jim View artist website

Léger, Fernand View artist book page View Reed library catalog record

Leonard, Zoe

Levine, Sherrie

LeWitt, Sol View artist book page View artist book page View Reed library catalog record

Lissitzky, El View artist book page View Reed library catalog record

Loney, Alan

Long, Richard View artist website

Lorenz, Angela *View Reed library catalog record View artist webpage

Lyons, Joan View Reed library catalog recordView artist webpage

McCarthy, Paul

McDonough, William

McVarish, Emily *View Reed library catalog record View artist webpage

Mac Low, Jackson View artist webpage

Maciunas, George View artist webpage

Mangold, Robert

Mangold, Sylvia Plimack

Marinetti, Filippo View artist book page View Reed library catalog record

Meador, Clifton View Reed library catalog record View artist webpage

Mellis, Daniel View artist webpage

Millman,Toby View artist webpage

Morrison, Toni View artist book page View Reed library catalog record

Morris, William

Murray, Elizabeth

Naples, Alysha

Nauman, Bruce

Neri, Gilbert View artist book page View Reed library catalog record

O'Banion, Nance View artist website

Oppenheim, Dennis—(all blueprints for public projects)

Padgett, Ron

Paradise Press View website

Pettet, Simon

Pettibon, Raymond

Piper, Adrian View artist website View Reed library catalog record

Polke, Sigmar

Renwick, Vanessa

Richter, Gerhard

Rollins, Tim

Rosenquist, James

Ruscha, Edward View artist book page View artist book page View artist book page View Reed library catalog record

Saito, Takako View artist book page View Reed library catalog recordView record in CONTENTdm

Salcedo, Doris

Samuels, Diane * View Reed library catalog record View artist website

Sandback, Fred

Saville, Jenny

Saville, Peter

Scalapino, Leslie View artist book page View Reed library catalog recordView record in CONTENTdm

Schapers, Veronica View artist website

Schirmer/Mosel View artist website

Schneemann, Carolee

Schwalb, Susan

Schwitters, Kurt

Silex (Firm)

Smith, Kiki View artist book page View Reed library catalog recordView record in CONTENTdm

S. M. S. *View artist book page View Reed library catalog record View artist website

Spector, Buzz *View Reed library catalog record View artist website

Spiegelman, Art *View Reed library catalog record

Spoerri, Daniel

Strand, Mark

Stream Press

Tetenbaum. Barbara View artist book page View Reed library catalog record View CONTENTdm record View website

Tiravanija Rirkrit View artist website

Tishkov, Leonid *View artist book page View Reed library catalog record View CONTENTdm record

Trusky, Tom

Turley, Sandra

Tuttle, Richard

Unica T

Van Vliet, Claire

Walker, Kara View artist book page View Reed library catalog record

Wang, Chao

Webster, Meg View artist website

Weems, Carrie Mae

Weiner, Lawrence

Weiss, David

Wenders, Wim

Williams, William Carlos

Wilson, Amy

Wool, Christopher

Xu, Bing View artist book page View artist book page View artist book page View Reed library catalog record

Yamamoto, Masao

Yanagi, Yukinori

Zucker, Joe


*Prominent book artist

 

Publishers in Reed College's Special Collections

Ai, Weiwei View artist website

Albers, Josef *View Reed library catalog record

Andre, Carl View Reed library catalog record

Arion Press View artist website

Artschwager, Richard

Ashbery, John View artist book page View Reed library catalog record

Ataman, Kutlug View artist website

Austin, Kimberly View artist website

Aycock, Alice

Baldessari, John

Barnes, Paul

Barney, Matthew

Baskin, Leonard View Reed library catalog record

Beuys, Joseph

Birnbaum, Dara

Blake, William

Bleckner, Ross

Bloom, Barbara

Blossfeldt, Karl

Boltanski, Christian

Bourgeois, Louise View artist website

Boyden, Ian View Reed library catalog record View webpage

Bracewell, Michael

Bruggeman, Inge * View Reed library catalog record View contentDM record View webpage

Burgin, Victor

Buss, Warren

Cage, John View artist website

Cano, Margarita Becerra

Carroll, M. E.

Cendrars, Blaise * View artist books webpage View Reed library catalog record

Chadwick, Macy View artist website

Chen, Julie View artist book page View Reed library catalog record View in CONTENTdm View artist website

Clemente, Francesco *View artist book page View Reed library catalog record View in CONTENTdm

Cohen, Stanley A.

Creeley, Robert *View artist book page View Reed library catalog record View in CONTENTdm

Critical Art Ensemble

Crown Point Press View artist website

Cummins, Maureen

Darling, Candy

Deeg, Daniela

Delaunay, Sonia *View artist book page View Reed library catalog record

Dergatchov, Oleg *View artist book page View Reed library catalog record View CONTENTdm record

Dion, Mark

Dombrosky, Marc

Drucker, Johanna *View artist book page View Reed library catalog record website

Duchamp, Marcel

Dumas, Marlene

Elliott, Steven

Ely, Timothy *View Reed library catalog record View artist website

Fahrner, Barbara

Ferrara, Jackie

Finlay, Ian Hamilton *View Reed library catalog record View artist website

Fischli, Peter

Fletcher, Harrell

Gaulke, Cheri View artist website

Gerlovins- Kolkhoz; Collective Farm * View artist book page View CONTENTdm record

Gilbert & George View artist website

Gilbert, Sharon

Gimblett, Max

Gober, Robert

Goethe, Meine Ruh

Goldberg, Jim View artist website

Gómez-Peña, Guillermo

Graham, Dan

Granary Books View artist website

Greenwood, Georgianna View artist website

Grenfall Press View artist book page View artist website

Group Material

Guerrilla Girls—Poster Portfolio

Haacke, Hans

Hamady, Walter *View Reed library catalog record View artist website

Hamilton, Ann

Hamlin, Eric

Hannah, Duncan

Harlan, Susan View Reed library catalog record View artist website

Heap of Birds, Edgar

Held, John

Higgins, Dick View artist website

Hiller, Susan

Hirst, Damien

Hockney, David View artist book page View Reed library catalog record

Holt, Nancy

Holzer, Jenny View artist website

Horowitz, Sarah View Reed library catalog record View CONTENTdm record View artist website

Irving, John View artist book page View Reed library catalog record

Ives Street Press View artist website

Jacobs, Diane *View Reed library catalog record View CONTENTdm record View artist website

Janus Press

Johns, Jasper

Kabakov, Ilya

Kaprow, Allan View artist website

Kawara, On

Kellner, Tana View artist website View Reed library catalog record

Kelly, Ellsworth

Kentridge, William View artist book page View Reed library catalog recordView record in CONTENTdm

Ketelhodt, Ines V. *View Reed college library record View artist website

King, Susan Elizabeth View artist website

Kinnell, Galway

Klein, Yves

Knapp, Sandra

Knight, Nick

Knowles, Alison View artist website

Kolkhoz; Collective Farm View CONTENTdm record

Kosuth, Joseph View artist website

Kunc, Karen * View artist website

Kusama

Lange, Tobias *View Reed library catalog record View artist website

Larned, Emily K. View artist website

Lee, Jim View artist website

Léger, Fernand View artist book page View Reed library catalog record

Leonard, Zoe

Levine, Sherrie

LeWitt, Sol View artist book page View artist book page View Reed library catalog record

Lissitzky, El View artist book page View Reed library catalog record

Loney, Alan

Long, Richard View artist website

Lorenz, Angela *View Reed library catalog record View artist webpage

Lyons, Joan View Reed library catalog recordView artist webpage

McCarthy, Paul

McDonough, William

McVarish, Emily *View Reed library catalog record View artist webpage

Mac Low, Jackson View artist webpage

Maciunas, George View artist webpage

Mangold, Robert

Mangold, Sylvia Plimack

Marinetti, Filippo View artist book page View Reed library catalog record

Meador, Clifton View Reed library catalog record View artist webpage

Mellis, Daniel View artist webpage

Millman,Toby View artist webpage

Morrison, Toni View artist book page View Reed library catalog record

Morris, William

Murray, Elizabeth

Naples, Alysha

Nauman, Bruce

Neri, Gilbert View artist book page View Reed library catalog record

O'Banion, Nance View artist website

Oppenheim, Dennis—(all blueprints for public projects)

Padgett, Ron

Paradise Press View website

Pettet, Simon

Pettibon, Raymond

Piper, Adrian View artist website View Reed library catalog record

Polke, Sigmar

Renwick, Vanessa

Richter, Gerhard

Rollins, Tim

Rosenquist, James

Ruscha, Edward View artist book page View artist book page View artist book page View Reed library catalog record

Saito, Takako View artist book page View Reed library catalog recordView record in CONTENTdm

Salcedo, Doris

Samuels, Diane * View Reed library catalog record View artist website

Sandback, Fred

Saville, Jenny

Saville, Peter

Scalapino, Leslie View artist book page View Reed library catalog recordView record in CONTENTdm

Schapers, Veronica View artist website

Schirmer/Mosel View artist website

Schneemann, Carolee

Schwalb, Susan

Schwitters, Kurt

Silex (Firm)

Smith, Kiki View artist book page View Reed library catalog recordView record in CONTENTdm

S. M. S. *View artist book page View Reed library catalog record View artist website

Spector, Buzz *View Reed library catalog record View artist website

Spiegelman, Art *View Reed library catalog record

Spoerri, Daniel

Strand, Mark

Stream Press

Tetenbaum. Barbara View artist book page View Reed library catalog record View CONTENTdm record View website

Tiravanija Rirkrit View artist website

Tishkov, Leonid *View artist book page View Reed library catalog record View CONTENTdm record

Trusky, Tom

Turley, Sandra

Tuttle, Richard

Unica T

Van Vliet, Claire

Walker, Kara View artist book page View Reed library catalog record

Wang, Chao

Webster, Meg View artist website

Weems, Carrie Mae

Weiner, Lawrence

Weiss, David

Wenders, Wim

Williams, William Carlos

Wilson, Amy

Wool, Christopher

Xu, Bing View artist book page View artist book page View artist book page View Reed library catalog record

Yamamoto, Masao

Yanagi, Yukinori

Zucker, Joe


*Prominent book artist