Friday Night Flicks: Keith Smith

I’m pretty sure you will have heard of Keith Smith, even if you don’t own one of his books on book structures or binding techniques. Many people. however, don’t seem to be aware that he is also a prolific producer of (usually) one-of-a-kind artist’s books. There is no interview component to tonight’s flick, just a page-by-page look at his 1983 work Book 91 (String Book). The work can only truly appreciated with the sound turned on.



If you want to order a Keith Smith instruction book (or his self-published 200 Books, an annotated bibliography of his artist’s books) this weekend, you will find the descriptions and purchasing information here. If you just want a quick peek at a few more of his artist’s books, there is an illustrated article about his 2018 exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art here.

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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4 Responses to Friday Night Flicks: Keith Smith

  1. That was amazing! I wanted to clap when it was done. (-: very nice choice.


  2. barleybooks says:

    Wonderful! Thank you. Not a book to flip through inattentively! Keith Smith was (or rather, his books were) my guru when I started making books. I still refer to them often. Good detailed diagrams and instructions.


    • Byopia Press says:

      I think Smith’s instruction books have been an inspiration to a huge number of artists, myself included. I was thrilled to once have him select a work of mine for an exhibition of artist’s books!
      ; ]


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