Artists' books are a fundamental step for a professional artist as it is important to communicate the right messages to art lovers, galleries and collectors. Stature, credibility and elegance are of exceptional importance if an artist wishes to succeed.
Websites, portals and catalogues that simply showcase work are useful but are unfortunately too common and have little long and medium-term impact. Many artists invest thousands of pounds in exhibitions but fail to attract the right kind of attention.
Investors buy success
The appreciation of art is fundamentally subjective, but importantly it is also influenced by recognition. Artistic merits are, on their own, insufficient to solidify the value and quality of an artist or an artwork. The more prestigious a publication is, the more prestigious an artist becomes and consequently the higher the chances of receiving the right degree of recognition for his or her art. This is especially true nowadays, as increasingly more galleries require printed publications to help present and promote an artist to their clients.
Visibility of ICAC books
• ICAC will place the book for sale on Amazon in order to reach an international audience, and will invest in the printing of the book for this purpose at no extra cost to the artist.
• Printed copies of the book will be sent to the leading curators of some of the most important museums and libraries in the world, such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, the MOMA, the Louvre, the Tate Gallery, the British Library, the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford, the Cambridge University Library, the National Library of Scotland, the Library of Trinity College, Dublin and the National Library of Wales.
• In addition to these, digital copies of the book will be sent to 500 international art galleries.
Your ICAC publication - how it works
1. We need:
- 80-100 images of artworks
- Images of the artist
- Images of the artist at work or in the studio
- Artist statement, thoughts and philosophies
- Full biography
- Full Curriculum Vitae
2. What is included:
- Preface by an art critic
- Artist biography written by an art historian
- 2 critiques by art critics
- Artwork analysis by an art critic
- 72 pages, 100gsm
- 2 free hardback copies of the book, excluding delivery
- Subsequent number of copies to be agreed
3. Telephone/video artist interview with an ICAC art historian
4. First digital draft of the publication within one month
5. Physical books packed and posted within two months
6. Considering the realisation time and work involved, ICAC only makes a handful of these books every year.
Timing & Info
- Book are usually ready within 6-8 weeks