I guess maybe I woke up in a cold sweat once
and just had this light bulb go off of doing a book of some sort.

This is how Ed Ruscha, in a 2004 interview, recalled the events that led him to start creating books. The books he started making half a century ago were influential for generations of artists. To honour his contribution to the artist’s book, members of ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative are launching ABCED in Autumn 2012. ABCED is a multi-volume book project created on the occasion of Ed Ruscha’s 75th birthday, consisting of 33 books by 24 artists:

Abstracted by Jonathan Lewis
Aped by EJ Major
Auctioned by Andreas Schmidt
Borrowed by Joachim Schmid
Clicked by Wil van Iersel
Clothed by Deanna Dikeman
Collected by Wil van Iersel
Colored by Tanja Lažetić
Covered by Hermann Zschiegner
Derailed by David Schulz
Disappeared by Joshua Deaner
Distilled by Jonathan Lewis
Dressed by Julie Cook
Exploded by Tanja Lažetić
Freed by Fred Free
Fucked by Andreas Schmidt
Ignored by Jean Keller
Peed by Jochen Friedrich
Pronounced by Erik Benjamins
Pumped by Mishka Henner
Recounted by Elisabeth Tonnard
Replicated by Joachim Schmid
Reworded by Travis Shaffer
Richtered by Mishka Henner
Rorschached by Andreas Schmidt
Sampled by Jonathan Lewis
Scarred by Burkhard von Harder
Sliced by Heidi Neilson
Stained by Eric Doeringer
Stripped by Paul Soulellis
Uncompleted by Mariken Wessels
Visited by Fred Free
Yellowed by Victor Sira

All books are print on demand, 8×5 inches, softcover, open edition. Books are available individually either from the artists or at A discounted boxed set containing all 33 books will be available from ABC soon.

The series will launch at several art book fairs this month, so if you’re in Amsterdam, London or NYC in the next few weeks look for the ABC table at:

Offprint Amsterdam at Westergasfabriek 20–23 September
The London Art Book Fair at the Whitechapel Gallery 21–23 September
NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 28–30 September


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