May 26, 2022

New Foundation to Focus on Publishing Art Books, 10% of Each Print Run Will Be Donated to Libraries

From The NY Times:

Art books, monographs and catalogs are essential for historians, collectors and artists, but they rarely make money. Often oversized and lavishly illustrated on high-quality glossy paper, they are expensive to produce for the relatively tiny number of institutions and individuals who buy them. Enter the Artist Book Foundation, a new nonprofit organization dedicated to publishing fine-art references that would otherwise would not be seen.


The foundation plans to document and distribute a visual record of work that would otherwise hardly be seen.

[Our emphasis] Ten percent of each print run will be donated to public, art and university libraries, said Gibb Taylor, who founded the foundation with Leslie Pell van Breen.

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Artist Book Foundation Mission Statement

The Artist Book Foundation creates, shares and preserves artist books offering the richest visual presentations and most informed narratives of artists’ lives and work. Committed to artists, the Foundation believes artist books, like the artwork that inspires them, serve as a vital source of knowledge and culture for current and future generations. The Artist Book Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.

The Artist Book Foundation Information Booklet

Mention of Library Donation Program on Pages 18-19.

The Artist Book Foundation from The Artist Book Foundation on Vimeo.

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