A book is whatever you want it to be or don’t want it to be.

For the artist, it is a medium to be used to explore an idea and tell us something new about the world.

For the writer, it is a sequence of pages, one after another, one before another, one next to another.

For the reader, it is a site to resist or to become complicit with the intention of the artist or writer.

—Stephen Bury


Stephen Bury is the Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian at the Frick Art Reference Library, New York and the author of Artists’ Books (1995, 2015) and Artists’ Multiples (2001).

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