Clive Phillpot — Booktrek


A few weeks ago my copy of Clive Phillpot’s Book­trek arrived and since then it became a very import­ant book and a great resource for me. It is a col­lec­tion of essays on the artists’ books phe­nom­ena he wrote between 1972 to 2010. In Book­trek you’ll find vari­ous essays on the defin­i­tion and devel­op­ment of artists‹ books, includ­ing his­tor­ic­al texts, mani­fes­tos, cata­logue entries, and essays on works by Ed Ruscha, Sol LeWitt, Dieter Roth, and Richard Long…


Dia­gramm by Clive Phill­pot

Clive Phill­pot has been a tire­less advoc­ate for the artist’s book for more than 40 years – both as a crit­ic, cur­at­or and edit­or, and in his ten­ure as dir­ect­or at the lib­rary of The Museum of Mod­ern Art in the late 1970s, where he built the library’s col­lec­tion of artist’s books and mapped out the field with influ­en­tial essays that traced its ances­try and dis­tin­guished it from seem­ingly sim­il­ar genres such as the livre d’artiste. As he has delin­eated the genre: “Artists’ books are under­stood to be books or book­lets pro­duced by the artist using mass-pro­duc­tion meth­ods, and in (the­or­et­ic­ally) unlim­ited num­bers, in which the artist doc­u­ments or real­izes art ideas or art­works.” Also col­lab­or­at­ing with Prin­ted Mat­ter and Frank­lin Fur­nace, among oth­er places ded­ic­ated to the medi­um of the book, Phill­pot helped raise aware­ness of artists’ books, endow­ing them with the crit­ic­al cre­den­tials to enter the col­lec­tions of museums. Book­trek gath­ers for the first time Phillpot’s essays on the defin­i­tion and devel­op­ment of artists’ books from 1972 to the present – his­tor­ic­al texts, mani­fes­tos, cata­logue entries and essays on works by Ed Ruscha, Sol LeWitt, Dieter Roth and Richard Long. Book­trek will prove an invalu­able ref­er­ence for all those inter­ested in the evol­u­tion of the artist’s book, and offers a cru­cial account of the genre’s ascent.”
 — Art​book​.com

On Septem­ber 17th, 2013, Prin­ted Mat­ter invites you for the New York launch of Clive Phillpot’s Book­trek includ­ing a recep­tion and rare sign­ing with Phill­pot on from 5 to 7pm.

On Septem­ber 19th, 2013, Phill­pot will also deliv­er one of this year’s key­note talks (Con­ver­sa­tion with Pic­tures. A 40 year trek through 50 years of artist books) at the NY Art Book Fair, hos­ted as part of the Con­tem­por­ary Artists Book Con­fer­ence. He will be joined in con­ver­sa­tion by Chris­tophe Cherix, The Robert Leh­man Found­a­tion Chief Cur­at­or of Draw­ings and Prints at The Museum of Mod­ern Art.

Work­ing over the last 40 years as a cur­at­or, crit­ic, edit­or, Board Mem­ber (1980 – 1994) and Pres­id­ent of Prin­ted Mat­ter (1992 – 1993), and as the Dir­ect­or of the Museum of Mod­ern Art Lib­rary (1977 – 1994), Phill­pot estab­lished him­self as one of the world’s lead­ing author­it­ies in the artists‹ book field. His writ­ings have been form­at­ive in artic­u­lat­ing how artists‹ pub­lic­a­tions func­tion as a power­ful site for exper­i­ment­al art­work, and have helped to shape a broad­er interest and under­stand­ing of the field.”
 — Prin­ted Mat­ter


In 2011 Clive Phill­pot did a lec­ture at the Ams­ter­dam Art Book Fair. A record of this letu­re you’ll find in two parts here and here.


Prin­ted Mat­ter
195 Tenth Aven­ue
New York, NY 10011

Septem­ber 17th, 2013 from 5 to 7pm (sign­ing & launch)

NY Art Book Fair
@ MoMA PS1
Long Island City, Queens

Septem­ber 19th, 2013 from 7 to 8pm (key­note)