New issue of RU Libraries' Journal looks at artist's books
The Artists' Books of Suellen Glashausser, a New Jersey-based artist who created installations,
wall-works, sculpture and one-of-a-kind artists' books, is the focus of the latest issue of the
Journal of the Rutgers University Libraries. This special issue includes riffs on Suellen and her
work by artists Debra Weier, Karen Guancione, Debra Rapoport, Lore Lindenfeld, Judith Krall-Russo,
an interview with Charlie Glashausser by Pam Scheinman, essays by Pam Scheinman and Michael Joseph,
and a catalog of the one-of-a-kind artists books in the Rutgers Libraries compiled by Debra Schiff,
with links to dozens of Suellen's works.
This issue can be viewed online, here:
With degrees in art from Manhattanville College, the Sorbonne and Berkeley, Suellen began making
artists' books in 1981 as part of a second generation of conceptual artists who embraced the
subversive anti-art attitudes of the conceptualists but rejected the totalizing belief that art
inhered only in the idea.
Suellen's artists' books served to re-valorize the materiality of the art object by exposing the
conventionalized book form to a wide range of unlikely materials -- tin, aluminum, copper, glass,
wood, plastic, paper shopping bags, paper towels, Belgian liquor labels, cardboard shirt collars,
plastic beads, toy Santas. While non-traditional materials have become a commonplace in 21st century
artists' books, Suellen's works foreground the originality of their inspiration through constant
inventiveness, irreverence and metamorphosis. While using the book form, they are specifically about
expanding our ideas about and heightening our experience of Art and its indissoluble connection to
Exuberant and mysterious, Suellen's one-of-a-kind books gently insist on the sensuality and deep
mystery of the book and the ultimate authority of personal taste. They also remind us of how the
book rose to become a legitimate medium in 20th century fine art, and that its primary affiliations
were not with Renaissance bookmaking crafts, but with humanistic notions that re-emerged during the
nineteen sixties and seventies, in pop art, conceptualism, even contemporary children's books and
Earlier versions of some of the texts in "The Artists' Books of Suellen Glashausser" were first
presented at the opening of an exhibition, Suellen Glashausser and Her Circles, at the Rutgers
University Libraries in 2007. The exhibition was curated by Pam Scheinman, Karen Guancione and
Michael Joseph, who served as the guest editor of this special issue of the Journal.
|"It's Our Pleasure to Serve You", 1997
Original artist book by Suellen Glashauser, made from paper cups, thread, colored pencil, cloth, rickrack ribbon, crayon.
Artist book held in Rutgers' Special Collections and University Archives, New Brunswick