What is a livre d'artiste?

The French term livre d’artiste can be translated as artist’s book.

Often published in limited edition, livres d’artistes are artworks that use the book format in some way or other. The artist’s book can take on many forms, from book-like objects to unbound volumes to boxes containing sheets of paper. Some are meant to be opened and read page by page, others function more as sculptural pieces. See examples of livres d’artistes such as Carl Andre’s America Drill, 2003, Ken Lum & Hubert Damisch’s Ultimo Bagaglio, 2008, or Christian Marclay’s Ephemera, 2009.

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