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Narrative Artists' Books
Definition of narrative
1 : something that is narrated : story, account
2 : the art or practice of narration
3 : the representation in art of an event or story; also : an example of such a representation. - Merriam Webster Dictionary
Narrative artists' books can take the form of image narrative, literary narrative, or a hybrid image-literary narrative.
Call Number: Artist Book 0002
Publication Date: 1978
Presents a story in nine chapters told primarily by pictures. / "In order of apperance: Shelley Chamberlain and Suzanne Chandlre and Susan Haller." -- Colophon.
Call Number: Artist Book 0331
Publication Date: 2006-11-01
A diary, with drawings, that recreates Anderson's dreams over the course of a year while on the road on a solo tour.
Malcolm X : an introduction : J.D. Salinger
Call Number: Artist book 0354
This artist book is a rewriting of J.D. Salinger's Seymour: An Introduction with Malcolm X taking the place of the main protagonist, Seymour. The text is kept as close to Salinger's original as possible however the details of the life of Seymour have been changed to refer instead to the life of Malcolm X. - Dan Starling website
Junge am Kanal : Münster, Juli 2006
Call Number: Artist Book 0559
Publication Date: 2006
A flip book by Voker Gerling that when flipped through shows series of photos of a young boy who is bathing in the canal with friends and whose mood becomes lifted when Gerling decides he'll photograph him.
Tree of Codes
Call Number: Artist Book 0585
Publication Date: 2010-11-08
Publisher's note: In order to write The Tree of Codes, the author took an English language edition of Bruno Schulz's The Street of Crocodiles and cut into its pages, carving out a new story."
Artist's book with a unique die-cut on every page of the story.
Laurel Nakadate: 365 Days
Call Number: Artist Book 0749 OS
Publication Date: 2012-08-31
On January 1, 2010, Nakadate (*1975 in Austin) decided to cry every day for one year, documenting the action in photographs and initiating a ritual that would let her “deliberately subject herself to sadness.” The artist produced a forceful performance that addresses issues of self-reflection, portraiture, and emotion. Her photographs provide deep insight into her private life, abashing observers while at the same time arousing their compassion. Art-historical quotations or “bad images” underscore the artistic character of the scenes. Nakadate’s “catalogue of tears” makes denied emotions visible, present, palpable, and momentary. - Hatje Cantz website
Call Number: Artist Book 0783
Publication Date: 2012-10-30
Julie Morstad has long excelled at illustration, often working in tandem with children’s writers, but in The Wayside, the storytelling potential of her fantastical pictures is fully realized. Within these pages, Morstad’s worlds unite, maintaining their ethereal, almost fairy-tale beauty while also achieving a loose overarching synthesis through thematic and visual commonalities. - Drawn and Quarterly website.
Book from the Ground
Call Number: Artist Book 1017
Publication Date: 2014-02-07
"Xu Bing spent seven years gathering materials, experimenting, revising, and arranging thousands of pictograms to construct this narrative. The result is a readable story without words recording 24 hours in the day of the life of a typical urban white-collar worker. Using an exclusively visual language, the text could be published anywhere without translation"--Back cover.
The system of Landor's cottage : a pendant to Poe's last story
Call Number: Artist Book 1051 OS
Publication Date: 2012
“Rodney Graham's The System of Landor's Cottage: A Pendant to Poe's Last Story is the most ambitious of the textual interventions that contributed to Graham's emergence onto the international art scene in the 1980s. Part 'pataphysical investigation, part Roussellian exercise, the text begins with Edgar Allan Poe's short story "Landor's Cottage: A Pendant to 'The Domain of Arnheim,'" which describes a waylaid traveller's encounter with an uncannily pristine landscape and cabin in the Hudson River Valley. Into this short tale, which numbers less than twenty pages in most editions, Graham inserts an entire novel centered around an annex to Poe's original structure that houses a fantastical machine. Through a complex set of nested tales, the origins of the machine become clearer but no less magical, and readers will be held rapt by accounts of architectural wonders, a mysterious cipher, and the romance of impossible science.” — verso
Levels and degrees of light
Call Number: Artist Book 1279
Publication Date: 2014
”What began as a basic exploration in typography slowly transformed into a process of reduction and improvisation. We started by type setting some of our favourite jazz album titles. Then we broke down the letterforms into shapes. We took the shapes and began composing them across spreads. The result is a musically-inspired narrative. One that ebbs and flows from page to page. The subtle tints, lines and textures weave together a story that only the reader may interpret.” - publisher’s website.
Call Number: Artist Book 1393
Publication Date: 2012-06-05
Nominated for the London Design Museum, Design of the Year award in 2013, this clever, funny, and bitingly critical cultural commentary uses spinning digressions to tell the stories of a group of interconnected characters in London and Egypt, each transformed by the idea of revolution. - Visual Editions website.
We go to the Gallery
Call Number: Artist Book 1397
Publication Date: 2014
Parody of a Ladybird Key Words Reading Scheme book.
Have you taken children to a gallery recently? Did you struggle to explain the work to them in plain, simple English? With this new Dung Beetle book, both parents and young children can learn about contemporary art, and understand many of its key themes. The jolly colourful illustrations will enable your child to smoothly internalize all of the debilitating middle class self-hatred contained in each artwork. New words on every page will also help your child to identify core concepts, so that they may repeat them at dinner parties to impress educated guests. --publisher.
Language to cover a page
Call Number: Artist Book 1431 OS
Publication Date: 2014
"With Language to Cover a Page, Mueller has carefully aligned excerpts from disparate books--with differing typefaces intact--into two evolving pages. These pages crescendo before our very eyes, a flipbook of accumulating meaning, where with the passing of every page the narrative becomes aware of its own developing presence." --Derek Beaulieu, page insert.
Heart of Darkness
Call Number: Artist Book 1487 OS
Publication Date: 2016-03-22
In 2012, Fiona Banner was invited to create an exhibition of works drawn from the Archive of Modern Conflict, a London-based collection of photographs and ephemera relating to war and conflict. After much time delving into the archive, Banner observed a lack of images relating to conflict in the here and now. In a reversal of roles, Banner commissioned Paolo Pellegrin, a Magnum conflict photographer who has worked extensively in the Congo, to observe the City of London – its streets and trading floors, its costume and surrounding strip-clubs – through Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. The resulting photographs were first exhibited at Peer, London under the title Mistah Kurtz – He Not Dead. A selection of these images now form part of the Archive, they can be found filed under ‘Heart of Darkness, 2014’. They also form the illustrations for this new publication of Conrad’s novella, which takes the form of a luxury magazine. - Tenderhook website
Every second one hundred bolts of lightning strike the earth
Call Number: Artist Book 1531
Publication Date: 2014
"The invocation of time in statistics is often meant to convey the urgency of a political or social cause, or at other times stun the reader with the temporal scale of a natural occurrence. Combined in this volume, the sequential incidents happening every second form a narrative that loops back from rhetoric to the everyday."--Publisher's website
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