artist's book

Book art? Book art!

There are people interested in art who pause when they hear the term book art for the first time.

Book art? You meant art book? No?

Book art? That time is long gone, that train has sailed. Book art is now part of book history, no longer in keeping with the times! No?

Book art! Contemporary book art, the artist's book is alive and has lost none of its relevance. On the contrary, this art form has managed to survive over the centuries, to renew itself again and again like an eternal fountain of youth.

Book art today is an independent art form that shows us again and again its diversity and depth. The incunabula printer is represented as well as the press printer, the illuminator as well as the calligrapher. Book art unites the most diverse areas of contemporary art.

But it is precisely this remarkable spectrum that shows the richness and breadth of this art form. In book art, artistic experience is just as evident as different haptic and sensual perceptions.

In contrast to a sculpture or a painting, opening a book and leafing through it offers the possibility of overcoming static. Book art is to a large extent a recorded process of development that the viewer can retrace again and again. This art form, like hardly any other of the classical visual arts, offers the option to engage with text and image. This is what makes far-reaching perceptions on the most diverse levels possible in the first place.

The reader of book art, of artists' books, experiences the artistic confrontation with all his senses.

Let yourself be enchanted by the extraordinary design, the wonderful colours, the special texts, the extraordinary bookbinding solutions and the peculiarities of the writing materials chosen for the respective book.

Book art opens hearts!

Gerd J. Wunderer

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