Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Artists' Books Visit from Otis College, Los Angeles

On Friday, we were thrilled to welcome Cathy Chambers from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles to view the library's artist's books collection. Cathy is responsible for the artists' books collection at Otis College, an art school founded in 1918 which augmented its reputation in the 1950s with distinguished alumni such as Robert Irwin and Ken Price. We were interested to learn about courses offered by the college which  alongside the art school staples - architecture, digital media and fine arts - also include an option to study Toy Design and an elective on book-making.

With Cathy, we discussed the acquisition of our artist's books and the steady growth of the GSA Library collection. The visit was a great opportunity to share ideas of best practice when it comes to acquiring, storing and providing access to the artists' books. It was also a great excuse to revisit some of our favourite titles and muse over the merits of the book as an art object in its own right. 

To request a look at the artists' books collections before the library refurbishment begins in June, search the library catalogue by subject or artist name. In a lot of cases, it will be possible to refine your search to artist's books. Once you've identified the titles you're interested in, complete a form at the desk for staff to collect from the library's store. You'll be able to refer to the books in the library and take a few snaps of anything that  feeds your curiosity.