Clifton Meador was recently published on CAA reviews… While you have to be a CAA member to read the full article, here’s a snippet of his review on Joan Lyons’ Artists’ Books: Visual Studies Workshop Press 1971–2008:
Artists’ books are a strange genre in contemporary art, hovering between several different disciplines and having multiple histories. One of the persistent arguments in the field concerns the definition of an artist’s book. A reductive form of this argument might be: is it a craft practice or is it some kind of conceptual art form? Arguing definitions in the abstract is a fruitless and pointless activity, but examining the work of specific artists is rewarding and informative….
…Artists’ Books: Visual Studies Workshop Press 1971–2008 provides a rich picture of a zone of activity at VSW, a history of the press through its activity; and it reflects, by extension, the evolving history of artists making books. As a result, it offers a useful addition to the growing literature about artists’ books.
Also, right next to his review is one written by Book and Paper alum, Elizabeth Long. She has just been named the first editor in chief of the College Book Art Association’s new peer-reviewed journal.
Clif is also one of the founding board members of the College Book Art Association.