Artists began interrogating the conceptual and material form of the book during the 20th Century. Today the term artist’s book encompasses a broad definition of art and literature, involving every possible mode of production.
It is hard to find an art movement which does not have some component of the artist’s book attached to it. Yet where in Britain can you browse a wide range of current artists’ books for sale? Certainly not in any chain and very few other places either. If you are lucky you may have seen a few herded together behind glass in an art gallery shop.
So in 2002 Tanya Peixoto, co-founder of the Artist’s Book Yearbook, took matters into her own hands to create a specialist walk-in bookshop in the heart of London’s East End art world!