Presentations on Artists' Pub

Here collections and archives, art dealers and galleries, academies and universities, as well as publishing houses provide information in the form of individual presentations on the specific orientation of their activities within the context of artists’ publications. Their presentations, which are grouped in four different sections, give you and any interested parties an opportunity to become informed about artists’ publications from the perspective of these four fields of activity and also to find the appropriate point of contact.

1. The collection inventories of published works of art presented in the Archives and Collections section provide an overview as to which museums, archives, and collections of artists’ publications are in existence and how these might be viewed through exhibitions or permanent presentations. Apparent in the collection inventories is the existence of strong networking and communication between artists, publishers, collectors, and interested parties throughout Europe, starting in the 1960s with postal exchanges that came to span all political borders. This interaction soon spread to encompass an international scope, which furthered the dissemination of artists’ publications.

2. Publishing Houses have always played a very important role in the creation of artists’ publications, for a significant number of publishers have strongly supported artists in their activities. Even today there are small and large publishers that have chosen to specialize in the publication of both published and disseminated artworks. For some, artists’ books or editions represent a special, supplementary publishing range that frequently reflects their own considerable interest in artists’ publications.

3. There are a multitude of Galleries, Art Dealers, and Booksellers that have become specialized in presenting and dealing in artists’ publications. Some galleries or dealers focus solely on the sale of materials within a context of published art, whereas for others artists’ publications not seldom comprise but a small (or occasionally larger) part of their operative scope.

4. Some Universities and Academies host a wide range of activities in the realm of artists’ publications. Here the spectrum of involvement with disseminated and published works of art spans from small personal collections all the way to the actual production of artists’ publications in on-site facilities or publishing houses—and might include everything in between, such as making artists’ publications a seminar topic, introducing students to the special exhibition practices employed for this kind of artwork, or developing educational strategies for teaching students.

 

Artists' publications in the Centre for Artists' Publications, Photo: Bettina Brach