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Book Art Object 2



Book Art Object 2 Following the highly successful and acclaimed Book Art Object, published in 2008, Book Art Object 2 includes a record of the third biennial Codex Book Fair and Symposium: “The Fate of the Art,” held in Berkeley, California, 2011. Codex events showcase contemporary artist books, fine press and fine art editions produced by the world’s most esteemed printers, designers, book artists, and artisans.

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Artists and Their Books / Books and Their Artists

Marcia Reed and Glenn Phillips


This stunning volume illuminates the current moment of artists’ engagement with books, revealing them as an essential medium in contemporary art. Ever innovative and predictably diverse in their physical formats, artists’ books occupy a creative space between the familiar four-cornered object and challenging works of art that effectively question every preconception of what a book can be. Many artists specialize in producing self-contained art projects in the form of books, like Ken Campbell and Susan King, or they establish small presses, like Simon Cutts and Erica Van Horn’s Coracle Press or Harry and Sandra Reese’s Turkey Press. Countless others who are primarily known as sculptors, painters, or performance artists carry on a parallel practice in artists’ books, including Anselm Kiefer, Annette Messager, Ed Ruscha, and Richard Tuttle. Artists and Their Books / Books and Their Artistsincludes over one hundred important examples selected from the Getty Research Institute’s Special Collections of more than six thousand editions and unique artists’ books. 



The book as a spiritual instrument has long been associated with the ancient alchemical tradition of the transformation of self and matter. From the Utriusque Cosmi... of Robert Fludd in the 17th Century to the Neo Emblemata Nova of Daniel Kelm in the 21st, the alchemist has remained a vital metaphor in understanding the works of the creative imagination.

The pieces within this modern Alchimie du Verbe range from traditional private press and playful typographic experimentation to contemporary avant-garde. In other words - a collection truly representative of the CODEX bibliosphere - presenting an international and inclusive view of the book arts as practiced by some of the finest artists and printers working in the field. The symbolic imagination is a constant force in the art and thought of all ages and cultures. In the spirit of the internal bibliosphere and the studium codex, we raise a glass to the typographic imagination and the poetical alphabet.

Walter Bachinski and Janis Butler, Victoria Bean, Karen Bleitz, Carolee Campbell, Aaron Cohick, Crispin & Jan Elsted, Nacho Gallardo, Martha Hellion, Sarah Horowitz, Mikhail Karasik, Peter Rutledge Koch, Patricia Lagarde, Clemens-Tobias Lange, Alan Loney, Peter Malutzki & Ines von Ketelhodt, Russell Maret, Rick Myers, Didier Mutel, Robin Price, Harry Reese & Sandra Liddell Reese, Dmitry Sayenko, Veronika Schäpers, Gaylord Schanilec, Johannes Strugalla & Francoise Despalles, Richard Wagener, and Sam Winston.


Thirty are designated hors de commerce for distribution to the participants. Forty numbered copies are offered for sale.

printed pieces: roughly A4 (8.25" x 11.75")
box: 8.75" x 12.5" x 2.25"

CODEX Foundation


Herbarium: Plantas mexicanas del alma.
Photography by Patricia Lagarde. Texts by Salvador Elizondo, Xavier Lozoya, Alfredo López Austin. 
Artes de México, 2000
Following an intense sensory experience with a traditional healer’s plants, photographer Patricia Lagarde became obsessed with those plants that are able to cure even the soul. In this book, she captures her passion, using a technique evocative of the ancient spirit of Mexican codices and medieval herbariums.


No en el Aire / en el instante

Ed. Sámara, 1998, Ciudad de México
Text: Luis Palacios Kaim
Epigraph: San Juan de la Cruz, The Virtues of the Solitary Bird
Photos: Patricia Lagarde



Chac Mool

Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, 2018, Ciudad de México
Text: Carlos Fuentes
Photos: Patricia Lagarde


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Various publications in the magazine specialized in photography "Luna cornea", Ciudad de México, # 19, 2000,  # 20, 2000, #23, 2002


Puntos, Pixeles, Pulgadas

Humberto Jardón, Multimedia, CNA, Ciudad de México, 2012

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Catalog of the 50 emblematic pieces of the Natural History Museum. 50th anniversary, 2014, Ciudad de México

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