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Project Statement

by B. Freeman

JAB was founded in 1994 in order to encourage lively and serious debate about artists' books. Our mission is to develop the field of artists' books by means of critical discourse and creative exploration of the intersections of book arts, artists' books, poetry, photography, experimental literature, and other book related creative endeavors. As a forum for the study of artists' books, JAB publishes articles, reviews of artists' books and exhibitions, and commentary on conferences as well as other book arts-related activities. JAB also documents current activity through interviews with artists, showcases creative work in the form of artists' statements and artist-designed pages, inserts, and covers.

JAB3: The Journal of Artists' Books

Brad Freeman

title note: On the masthead it says, “The Journal of Artists' Books, JAB3, $5.00, Spring, 1995” [K. Shewmaker]


Brad Freeman

type: initiating


born: United States of America

birth: 23-01-1951

Publication Information

publisher: JAB

publication: 1995-00-00 Spring 1995

publication history: This issue of JAB contains a few artists' statements which deal with the conceptual and practical issues around the making of books: Helen Douglas and Telfer Stokes have used the artist book as their primary medium since the early 70's, and Susan Bee, known mostly as a painter and editor of M/E/A/N/I/N/G, recently had her book Talespin published by Granary Books. In an interview with the director of Nexus Press, Jo Anne Paschall, we get insights into the workings and history of one of the premier artist book presses. Etc. (from the cover article, “Some Contents.”) Printed at SUNY, Purchase Center for Editions. [K. Shewmaker]

Aesthetic Profile


artists' books (LCSH)
artists' books (LCSH) Article by Brad Freeman,”JAB Journeys Before the Glue Factory Theorizing Production.”
artists' books (LCSH) Review of MoMa's exhibition, A Century of Artists Books, by Clifton Meador, “The Dungeon of the Temple.”
artists' books (LCSH) Brad Freeman's interview with Jo Anne Pashcall, director of Nexus Press in Atlanta.
artists' books (LCSH) Artists' statements by Helen Douglas, “The Two I's Within the We - Why and How I Make Books,” and Telfer Stokes, “The Why and The How I Make Books.”
artists' books (LCSH) Artist's statement by Susan Bee, “Why A Book Is Not A Painting.”
artists' books (LCSH) Joe Elliot's reviews of Talespin by Susan Bee, Abstract Refuse by Ed Epping and A Passage by Buzz Spector.
artists' books (LCSH) Article by Brad Freeman, “Boutique Books: Old Genres Re-packaged for a New Market.”
artists' books (LCSH) Conference review by Johanna Drucker, “Notes From JAB International Roving Reporter Johanna Drucker, in Paris at 'The First Artistbook (sic) International' or '1er Salon International du Livre d'Artiste,' December 4, 1994.”
artists' books (LCSH) Article by Douglas Beube, “JAB: An Identity Crisis.”
artists' books (LCSH) Article by Johanna Drucker,”Johanna Drucker Responds,” a response to the article by Douglas Beube.

content form:
journals (AAT)
collage (local)
non-fiction (AAT)

publication tradition:

small press (local)

related works: The works exhibited in MoMA's exhibition, A Century of Artists Books, Riva Castleman, curator; the works of Helen Douglas and Telfer Stokes (JAB3 contains selected images of/from Chinese Whispers, 1976, Real Fiction, 1986, and Water on the Border, 1994); The works of Susan Bee (JAB3 contains images of/from NOT, 1980 and Talespin); Ed Epping's Abstract Refuse; Buzz Spector's A Passage. [K. Shewmaker]

Related Documents

manuscript type: other

location: call number: AOB 40

note: Yale University Library holds the Journal of Artists' Books (JAB) archive, 1995-2003.