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  • A collection of artists' books from the Kislak Center for Special Collections. Books by (clockwise from upper right): Johanna Drucker, Elizabeth Pendergrass, Sibyl Rubottom, Tana Kellner, Patricia M. Smith, and Julie Chen. Photo by Camille Davis.
    A collection of artists' books from the Kislak Center for Special Collections. Books by (clockwise from upper right): Johanna Drucker, Elizabeth Pendergrass, Sibyl Rubottom, Tana Kellner, Patricia M. Smith, and Julie Chen. Photo by Camille Davis.

Artists' Books are limited edition books that are self-published, published by small presses, or by artist groups or collectives. Often, these books challenge the structure of a book or refer back to traditional book producing methods. The rise of the artists' book is a phenomenon of 20th Century book making. 

  • A Collection of Artists' Books from the Kislak Center for Special Collections. Books by (clockwise from upper right): Johanna Drucker, Elizabeth Pendergrass, Sibyl Rubottom, Tana Kellner, Patricia M. Smith, and Julie Chen. Photo by Camille Davis.
    A Collection of Artists' Books from the Kislak Center for Special Collections. Books by (clockwise from upper right): Johanna Drucker, Elizabeth Pendergrass, Sibyl Rubottom, Tana Kellner, Patricia M. Smith, and Julie Chen. Photo by Camille Davis.

Collection

The Kislak Center for Special Collections continues to grow its collection of artists' books. At the moment, we have a diverse collection that includes artists such as Johanna Drucker, Julie Chen, Werner Pfeiffer, and Edward Ruscha, amongst others.  

If you have any specific questions related to this collection, please contact Lynne Farrington, Senior Curator, Kislak Center: lynne@upenn.edu.

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