The Herzog August Library’s collection of artists’ books was founded in the 1950s with contemporary works by foremost French painters. To this day, artists have continued to approach the artists’ book genre anew, exploring the medium’s boundaries in both traditional and experimental ways.
Bestowed by the Curt Mast Jägermeister Foundation and the Herzog August Library for the first time in 2018, the award for book artistry simultaneously honours Dr. Sabine Solf’s commitment to the library and its holdings. As an art historian, she accompanied the collection’s development and cultivated ties with the artists. The Artists’ Book Prize, now in its fourth year and endowed with € 6,000, went to the artist and author Beldan Sezen, who, in addition to the award, received the opportunity to work at the library for up to one month to produce her book inspired by the HAB collections.
For the implementation, the artist is planning a walk-in book based on her concept of “Solitary Confinement” – the transformation of a flat book into a cubic space.
For this year’s award, 25 artists from the United States, Canada, Belgium, Australia and the Netherlands and other countries took part in the call for entries. Winners of the previous years were the Korean artist Hyewon Jang (“Ordnung im Wissen – Zusammenfluss der Bestände” [“Order in Knowledge – Confluence of Holdings”]), the New Yorker Marshall Weber (“People’s Library”) and the German book artist and typographer Ulrike Stoltz (“Caro Giordano. Eine Spurensuche” (Caro Giordano: A Search for Traces).
Presentation of the book : Online presentation of the book Caro Giordano — Google Arts & Culture
Video for the live stream of the Artist Book Prize 2020 event: Caro Giordano. Resonanzen & Gestrüpp – YouTube.