Buying a book can take a lot of time. It’s kind of like a window shopping experience, especially if you’re without a recommendation from friends, family or the media. It’s really hard to judge a book by it’s cover.
We are not going to advice you on what books to read or how to pick them, but we will introduce you to work that is sure to grab the attention of art lovers and book lovers alike.
Some fine artists choose to apply their talent inside of books.
New York artist, John Breiner’s work has been shown all over the world and also has been published in number of books and magazines. Breiner’s inspiration toward book covers came after reading the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, which is about the role of books and the impact of television on them. Breiner says, “People are busy these days and in an age of information overload I want to make my ideas accessible so I updated a format that’s conveyed information for thousands of years.”
Art books are more widespread thank you might think.
Howard Munson is a known book artist who’s works display illustrations of superb craftsmanship and artistry.
Karen Hanmer, Chicago based bookbinder and installation artist won Jury Prize for Binding in the 2009 Helen Warren DeGolyer American Bookbinding Competition.
There are even art book fairs! The NY Art Book Fair, held at MoMA’s PS1 is organized by Printed Matter and attracts over 15,000 artists, book buyers, collectors, dealers, curators, independent publishers, and other enthusiasts for it’s annual event.
If you love books, explore art books and look for even more than good read.