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Project Statement

by J. Drucker

This book is a clever condensation of the many cliches that Michael Goodman dealt with on a regular basis as associate director and printer at Nexus Press. During the long run of that artists' book press, he helped numerous artists realize their book projects, often from start. The number of people who would show up with A Great Idea that turned out to be just the Same Great Idea as everyone else's Great Idea was, well, not great at all..... So Michael took all of these all-too predicatable project ideas and synthesized them into a single instruction manual. The fact that it is so tiny is part of its charm and effect.

How to Make Your Own Cheap Inexpensive Artists' Book

Michael Goodman

title note: The redundancy of cheap and inexpensive makes the point make the point. [J. Drucker]


Michael Goodman

type: initiating


note: Michael Goodman was the Nexus Press associate director and printer at the time he made this book. [J. Drucker]

Publication Information

publisher: Michael Goodman

publication history: Only one edition was produced, as I know. [J. Drucker]

Aesthetic Profile


conceptual (AAT)

didactic Art (AAT)
artists' books (LCSH)
book design (LCSH)

themes: metatextuality, parody, bibliography [E. Rettberg]

themes: As per the title, the book is about making an artist's book. [J. Drucker]

content form:
prose (local)
instruction manual (humorous)

publication tradition:
artists' book (local)

inspiration: Could be "dis" inspiration in a sense, since the work was a reaction to the many artist's book cliches current at the time. [J. Drucker]

related works: Maybe some of the manuals for book arts? [J. Drucker]

related works: Francoise Deschamps, "Life in a Book" [E. Rettberg]

other influences: Other book artists and the community and makers. [J. Drucker]

community: press Nexus Press, Atlanta, GA. [E. Rettberg]

note: Exemplary as a work of humorous critical commentary that shows how a book is situated within a community and a discourse. [J. Drucker]