Have you ever wondered who buys artist’s books? Most major universities, museums and public libraries have special collection librarians who purchase artists books and other rare books for their holdings. Usually you can make an appointment to see the work but the institutions also draw inspiration from their collection to curate exhibitions. My artist’s book Aggregate Memory, a 2005 collaboration with artist Macy Chadwick is included in the exhibition “Binding Desire: unfolding artists book” January 25 – March 30, 2014, at Otis Collage of Art and Design.
Binding Desire: Unfolding Artists Books is a group exhibition featuring approximately 120 works from OTIS Millard Sheets Library’s Special Collection of 2,100 artists books dating from the 1960s to the present. The Otis Artists‘ Book Collection is one of the largest in Southern California. It houses a wide range of works representing every genre of artists‘ books by such luminaries as Vito Acconci, Joseph Beuys, and Ed Ruscha, as well as significant works from major centers of production like Beau Geste Press, Paradise Press, Printed Matter, Red Fox Press, and Woman‘s Studio Workshop.