Since the concept came into being, society has had different ideas about what constitutes art. Some feel it is the medium that defines a legitimate art form and constitutes value, but this has raised debates over which mediums are considered valuable. Consequently there have been debates over the differentiation between fine arts (or high arts) and crafts. Likewise, varying production methods or intents within a single medium can spark debate about value and legitimacy. Each culture, generation, and practitioner has a perception of what mediums or forms are considered part of the art canon. Does the book art community also harbor ideas about value and legitimacy within its form? Is the codex more valuable than the accordion? Is a letterpress work more important than laser print work? This paper shares results from a survey of binders, curators and collectors from the US to see if they do have biases towards certain book art mediums, production and binding methods: in book arts, is medium superior to message?
|Keywords:||Book Arts, Artist’s Books, Mediums, Legitimacy, Value|
Associate Professor of Graphic Design, College of Architecture, Art and Design, Mississippi State University, Miss State, MS, USA
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