Artists' book is the 20th-century art form. It is a zone of activity made at the intersection of a number of different disciplines, fields, and ideas—rather than their limits. As one of the paths of art praxis, the artist's book has many turns along with its historical context. It needs to be understood from the artist's intentions as well as the work of itself since it has a dialectical relationship with the artist and its readers. We can discuss Artist's books from several dimensions such as the production, media, binding, and printing of books, or discuss the creative philosophy and distinctive signature of a book artist's oeuvre from the angle of the artist's professional training. Some artist's books are the only existing copies. Instead of being published and produced massively, they are intended to topple the conventional idea, form, and structure of books by introducing heterogeneous concepts and media. The understanding of an "artist's book" often lies between the artist's book, the artist and his intentions hidden in the book, and the readers. It covers the conceptual, material, technical, and spiritual aspects of the book. Also, these are closely related to the artist's own training or intentions. This paper seeks to investigate how artist's books appear as an approach of artistic praxis in related fields in Taiwan, and what possibilities this approach can offer, with a special focus on two courses—"Artist's Books" and "Advanced Artist's Books" offered by the author at the Institute of Applied Arts, NYCU since 2011. This paper proceeds in accordance with the four major topics that underpin the two courses. They are: the expending meaning of the artist's books, the curriculum thinking and innovative techniques of the artist's books, the exhibition of the artist's book, and the analysis of the works of the artist's books. In sum, this paper elaborates on the praxis of "artist's books" from the aspects of the meaning of the artist's books, teaching praxis, exhibition, and work analysis. From above, this paper will clarify what teaching and art praxis paths that the two courses offer, and the insights derived from them.
Artist's books, art praxis, artist's intention, teaching praxis