‘The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.'
Books are valued not only for their content, but as objects of beauty and craft. Since the invention of the codex, artists in cultures around the world have been intimately involved in their production. They have determined the look and shape of books, from papermaking and illustration to design and binding.
Artists today continue to challenge and question the nature of books by working with them as art objects. At a time when digital forms of information dissemination are presenting alternatives, the book’s future is ensured by its nature as an ever-changing object to be admired, read, desired and owned.
Des Cowley, Robert Heather and Anna Welch, 'Editors' introduction: creating and collecting artists' books in Australia', LaTrobe Journal No 95, March 2015.
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