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Books about Collage & Collage Artists dedicated to the art of collage
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1984: Collages John Evans (author) & John Strausbaugh (editor). Quantuck Lane Press / 2011. Monograph about John Evans who, from the 1960s until 2000, made a daily collage from scraps found on the streets of New York.

Aldwyth: Collage and Assemblage 1991-2009 Rosamond Purcell & Mark Sloan Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston / 2010 Exhibition Catalog of the works of the reclusive American artist.

The Art of Assemblage William Seitz. NY, MOMA / 1961 Exhibition Catalog / History / Criticism - The hardbound catalog of one of the most influential exhibitions of collage and assemblage ever to take place in the U.S.

The Art of Collage Gerald Brommer. Worcester, MA, Davis Publications / 1978

The Art of Collage - Selected Works on Paper by Cecil Touchon  Cecil Touchon. Ontological Museum Publications / 2010 Monograph containing full-color pictures of more than one hundred and fifty collages by Cecil Touchon created between 2004-2009.

L'Art du Collage à l’Aube du Vingt et Unième Siècle Pierre Jean Varet. Paris, Editions Artcolle / 2006 Monograph - An examination of what's happening in collage at the opening of the 21st Century. Contains full-page reproductions of works by collage artists world-wide. Text in French.

The Art and Craft of Collage Simon Larbalestier. Chronicle Books / 1995 Instruction

The Art of Handmade Paper and Collage Cheryl Stevenson. Martingale & Co. / 1998

Art Making, Collections, and Obsessions: An Intimate Exploration of the Mixed-Media Work and Collections of 35 Artists Lynne Perrella. Quarry Books / 2008. An examination of the collecting habits of mixed media artists. .

The Art of Paper Collage Susan Pickering Rothamel. Sterling Pub. / 2000

The Artful Dodger: Images and Reflections Nick Bantock, Chronicle Books / 2000
Art / Monograph - In which Nick Bantock reflects on his personal artistic journey.

Hannelore Baron: Collages & Box Constructions NY, Barbara Mathes Gallery & Los Angeles, Manny Silverman Gallery / 1995 Exhibition Catalog

The Art of Romare Beardon Ruth E. Fine. NY, Abrams / 2003
A Monograph about one of America's most important 20th Century collage artists.

Romare Beardon: Collage of Memories Jan Greenberg. NY, Abrams / 2003
Monograph about one of America's most important 20th Century collage artists.

Romare Beardon: His Life & Art Myron Schwartzman. NY, Abrams / 1990
Monograph about one of America's most important 20th Century collage artists.

Peter Blake About Collage Tate / 2000
Exhibition Catalog

Karl Blossfeldt: Working Collages The MIT Press/ 2001 Monograph about the plant form collages (discovered in 1977) of the author of the 1928 book: "Art Forms in Nature."

Georges Braque, Les Papiers Colles Douglas Cooper et. al.. Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris / 1982
/ History / Criticism

Fritz Bultman: Collages Fritz Bultman, William U. Eiland, Donald Windham, Evan F. Firestone. University of Georgia / 1997

Collage Herta Wescher. NY, Abrams / 1968
History / Criticism - Volume I of Herta Wescher's intended but uncompleted 2 volume encyclopedic history of collage.

Collage Francis Brow. NY, Pitman Publishing, 1963

Collage Art: The Step-By-Step Guide and Showcase Jennifer L Atkinson. Rockport / 1996

Collage & Assemblage Trends & Techniques Dona Meilach. NY, Random House

Collage, Assemblage, and Altered Art Diane Maurer-Mathison / Watson-Guptill, 2008 Instruction

Collage, Assemblage and the Found Object Diane Waldman. NY, H. N. Abrams / 1992
History / Criticism

Collage: Assembling Contemporary Art Blanche Craig. London, Black Dog Publishing / 2008 History / Criticism

Collage: A Complete Guide For Artists Anne Brigadier. NY, Watson-Guptill / 1972

Collage: A New Approach Jonathan Talbot / 1998

Collage/Collages: From Cubism to New Dada Cristina Garbagna. Electa / 2007 History / Criticism

Collage Discovery Workshop Claudine Hellmuth, North Light Books / 2003

Collage Discovery Workshop - Beyond the Unexpected Claudine Hellmuth, North Light Books / 2005 Instruction: A follow-up to the above title.

Collage & Found Art Dona Meilach and Elvie Ten Hoor. Reinhold / 1964

Collage Fundamentals
Oscar Liebman. NY, Stravon Ed. Press / 1979 Instruction / Focus is on illustration and advertising.

The Collage Handbook John & Joan Digby. NY, Thames and Hudson / 1985
Instruction / History / Criticism - More than an instructional book, the Collage Handbook provides insights into mid-20th Century collage in the U.S.

Collage in All Dimensions Gretchen Bierbaum & Petrina Gardner. Washington DC, Malcolm Llewellyn Publishing / 2005 Instruction / History / Includes list of National Collage Society Award Winners 1985-2004 and sections on collage and copyright, archival approaches to collage, and more.

Collage Journeys: A Practical Guide to Creating Personal Artworks Jane Davies. Potter Craft / 2008 Instruction / Focus is on personal expression and journaling.

Collage Lab: Experiments, Investigations, and Exploratory Projects  Bee Shay. Quarry Books / 2010 Instruction / 52 different experiments.

Collage in Russia: XX Century David Bernstein. Palace Editions / 2006 Catalogue of an exhibition at The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg / also a history of Russian collage, with an emphasis on the middle and later years of the 20th century.

Collage Lost and Found: Creating Unique Projects With Vintage Ephemera Giuseppina Cirincione. North Light Books / 2006 Instruction / Basic techniques with a focus on the application of collage to crafts projects.

Collage: Pasted, Cut and Torn Papers Florian Rodari. NY, Rizzoli / 1988

Collage: Personalities, Concepts, Techniques Harriet Janis and Rid Blesh. Philadelphia, Chilton Co. / 1962

Collage Sourcebook: Exploring the Art and Technique of Collage Holly Harrison, Jennifer Atkinson, Paula Grasdal, Quarry Books / 2005

Collage Techniques: A Guide for Artists Gerald Brommer, Watson-Guptill / 1994
Instruction - The broad range and high quality of the works reproduced in this book make it stand out among the many instructional books listed here.

Collage: The Making of Modern Art Brandon Taylor, Thames and Hudson / 2004 History / Criticism

Collage: The Unmonumental Picture Richard Flood, Massimilliano Gioni, & Laura Hoptman. Merrell / 2008 History / Criticism. Includes the works of Thomas Hirschhorn, Kim Jones, Wangechi Mutu, Martha Rosler, Nancy Spero and John Stezaker.

Collage Unleashed Traci Bautista, North Light Books / 2006 Instruction

Collaged Photographs (Les Photographies Collages) Andre Villers. NY, Nahan Galleries / 1991

The Collages of Jonathan Talbot  Deborah K. Snider with an essay by Andrew Marvick, Royal Fireworks Press, 2014 Monograph

The Complete Guide to Altered Imagery Karen Michel. Quarry Books / 2005 Instruction

Joseph Cornell Kynaston McShine. NY, MOMA / 1980 & subsequent
Monograph / History

Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination Lynda Roscoe Hartigan. Yale University Press / 2007 Exhibition Catalogue / Monograph

Utopia Parkway : The Life and Work of Joseph Cornell Deborah Solomon. Farrar Straus & Giroux / 1997
Monograph / History

Creative Collage Techniques Leland and Williams F&W Publications

Creative Paint Workshop for Mixed-Media Artists: Experimental Techniques for Composition, Layering, Texture, Imagery, and Encaustic Ann Baldwin. Quarry Books / 2009 Instruction

Cutting Edges: Contemporary Collage  R. Klanten (Author, Editor), H. Hellige (Editor), J. Gallagher (Editor)Die Gestalten Verlag / 2011 History / Criticism

Digital Collage and Painting: Using Photoshop and Painter to Create Fine Art Susan Ruddick Bloom, Focal Press / 2006 Instruction

Arthur Dove: The Years of Collage Levitine College Park, MD, Univ. of Maryland Art Gallery / 1967
Monograph / History

Max Ernst Collages Werner Spies, Thames & Hudson Ltd / 1991 Monograph / History

Max Ernst Collages: The Invention of the Surrealist Universe Werner Spies, NY Harry N. Abrams / 1988
Monograph / History

Max Ernst, Dada and the Dawn of Surrealism William A. Camfield, NY / 1993 Monograph / History

John Evans: Collages John Evans & Robert M. Murdock, Quantuck Lane Press / 2005

Exhibition 36 Susan Tuttle, North Light Books / 2008 Reflections on the process of collage-making from a populist perspective. Essays and works by the author and 35 guest artists.

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Great Design Using Non-Traditional Materials Sheree Clark & Wendy Lyons. North Light / 1996

The Griffin & Sabine Trilogy Nick Bantock Chronicle Books / 1994 Three collage-based "best-sellers" (reportedly over three million copies sold) form this graphic trilogy whch tells, in words and pictures, an elaborate and complex story. These wonderful books have created a whole new audience for collage.

Juan Gris James Thrall Soby. NY, MOMA / 1958 Exhibition Catalog

Handmade Paper Collage Dawn Ackerman. Sterling / 2003 Instruction

Harter's Picture Archive for Collage and Illustration Jim Harter. Dover Publications / 1978 Resource: 300 19th-century engravings for artists, designers, decoupeurs. Also 6 collages by Harter, Satty, Singer, Evans.

The Hartman Creek Odyssey Mister Koppa / 2013 Artists Book / Available from the author here

History of Collage, Eddie Wolfram. NY, Macmillan / 1975 History / Criticism

Cut with the Kitchen Knife, The Weimar Photomontages of Hannah Hoch Maud Lavin, New Haven, Yale Univ. Press / 1993
/ History / Criticism

Hannah Höch: Album (English and German Edition)  Hanna Höch, Gunda Luyken (introduction) Hatje Cantz / 2004 Facsimile Reproduction of album assembled by Hannah Höch

The Photomontages of Hannah Höch Peter Boswell, Maria Makela, Carolyn Lanchner. Walker Art Center / 1996

Homo Ludens (1 & 2) Friedrich Meckseper. Germany / 1984 & 1987
Monographs / Two carefully designed artist's books focusing on the small (sometimes very small) and precise collage and assemblage works of Friedrich Meckseper. Text in German.

Images from a Monkeybrain Steven Specht / 2013 40 Surreal Collages by the author / Available from blurb here

In Defiance of Painting: Cubism, Futurism, and the Invention of Collage Christine Poggi, Yale Univ. Press / 1993 History / Criticism

Initiations in the Abyss: A Surrelist Apocalypse Jim Harter. San Antonio, TX, Wings Press/ 2003 In which the author seeks new inspiration in the disintegration of old rituals. Collages and text by the author.

Introduction To Mixed Mixed Media Michael Wright. Dorling Kindersley / 1995

Jazz Henri Matisse (new edition) NY, George Braziller
/ 1992
Monograph. Fisrt published in 1947, Jazz, is based on a series of "cutouts" made when Matisse was in his seventies. The artist cut the shapes out of hand painted paper and arrnaged them and assistants prepared the arrangements for printing and publication.

Jess, a Grand Collage, 1951-1993 Auping, Bertholf, Palmer. Buffalo Fine Arts Academy / 1993

Ray Johnson: How Sad I Am Today... Ray Johnson. Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery / 2001 Exhibition catalogue / Monograph about Black Montain alumnus Ray Johnson who studied with Albers and Motherwell and was friends with Rauschenberg, Warhol, Johns, and Twombly. He is considered by some to be the founder of the mail art movement.

Alex Katz: Collages David Cohen, Sharon Corwin, & Alex Katz Waterville, Maine Colby College Museum of Art / 2006 Catalog raisonne of Katz's early collages, spanning the period from 1954 to 1960

Kolsstadir 04 Collage John Clair Miller. 2010 Monograph

Layers: Contemporary Collage from St. Petersburg Russia Alla Efimova, Olessya Turkina, Victor Mazin, Jo Anna Isaak. Art Publishers / 1996

Lance Letscher: Collage Brook Davis Anderson. University of Texas Press / 2009 Monograph includes 118 works 2001-2008.

Living Into Art: Journeys Through Collage Lindsay Whiting. Paper Lantern, 2008 An in-depth look at the Sonoma Collage Studio artists and their works.

Manual of Graphic Techniques, 1 Tom Porter and Bob Greenstreet. NY, Scribners / 1980

Masters: Collage: Major Works by Leading Artists Randel Plowman. Lark Books / 2010 A survey of works by forty contemporary artists. Quality reproductions.

Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors Jane O'Connor, Grosset & Dunlap / 2002 Aimed at 4 to 8 year olds

Henri Matisse: Paper Cut-Outs Jack Cowart. St. Louis / Detroit, The St. Louis Art Museum & The Detroit Institute of Arts, 1977
Exhibition Catalog / Monograph

The Cut-Outs of Henri Matisse John Elderfield. NY, Braziller / 1978

Mixed Media Collage Holly Harrison. Quarry Books, 2007 Instruction

The Collages of Robert Motherwell E. A. Carmean Jr. The Museum of Fine Arts / 1972 Monograph / Exhibition Catalogue?

New Creative Collage Techniques Nita Leland, North Light Books, 2011 Instruction

New Ways in Collage Mary Mayer & Mary Webb. NY, Van Nostrand Reinhold / 1973 Instruction

Fred Otnes: Collage Paintings Jill Bossert / 2003
Monograph / Excellent reproductions of nearly fifty years of the technically and aesthetically groundbreaking collages of Fred Otnes.

Pasted Paper: A Look at Canadian Collage 1955-1965 Linda Milrod. Agnes Etherton Art Center, Kingston, Canada: 1979
History / Criticism

Photomontage (World of Art) Dawn Ades. Thames & Hudson / 1986.

Picasso and Braque: Pioneering Cubism William Rubin, NY, MOMA / 1989 Exhibition Catalog / History / Criticism - An examination of the relationship of Braque and Picasso which includes a number of the collage paintings of these two artistic explorers.

Principles of Collage Brian French. London, Mills & Boon. / 1969 Instruction from a historical perspective.

Realistic Collage: Step by Step Michael David Brown, Phil Metzger. North Light Books / 1998

Anne Ryan: Collages Marlborough Gallery / 1974 Exhibition Catalogue

Kurt Schwitters: Catalogue Raisonne: Volume I 1905-1922 Hatje Cantz Publishers / 2001Catalogue Raisonne

Kurt Schwitters: Catalogue Raisonne: Volume II 1923-1936 Hatje Cantz Publishers / 2003 Catalogue Raisonne

Kurt Schwitters: Catalogue Raisonne: Volume III 1923-1936 Hatje Cantz Publishers / 2005 Catalogue Raisonne

Kurt Schwitters John Elderfield. NY, Thames & Hudson / 1985 Monograph

Kurt Schwitters Werner Schmalenbach. NY, Abrams / 1976

Kurt Schwitters: Color and Collage Isabel Schulz . NY, Menil Collection / 2010 Monograph / illustrated chronology images w/ images and analysis of a full-scale reconstruction of Merzbau / 90 color plates.

The Collages of Kurt Schwitters: Tradition and Innovation Dorothea Dietrich. Cambridge Univ. Press / 1995 Monograph

Kurt Schwitters Merzbau: The Cathedral of Erotic Misery Elizabeth Burns Gamard. Princeton Arch. Press / 2001
History / Criticism

42 Merzgedichte: In Memorian Kurt Schwitters Jackson Mac Low Barrytown Ltd / 1999

Signs on the Wind Lenore Tawney. Pomegranate Communications / 2002 Celebrates the postcard collages of weaver/artist Lenore Tawny.

Alexis Smith Richard Armstrong. NY, Whitney Museum, Rizzoli / 1992

Act Like Nothing's Wrong: The Montage Art of Winston Smith Winston Smith, Last Gasp / 1994

Soul Collage: An Intuitive Collage Process Seena B. Frost, Hanford Mead / 2001
Process / Psychology

Surrealist Collage in Text and Image: Dissecting the Exquisite Corpse Elza Adamowicz, Cambridge University Press / 2005
History / Criticism

Surrealist Vision & Technique: Drawings and Collages from the Pompidou Center and the Picasso Museum, Paris Clark V. Poling. Univ. of Pennsylvania Press / 1996 History / Criticism

Lenore Tawney: Signs on the Wind-- Postcard Collages Lenore Tawney, Holland Cotter, George Erml, Pomegranate / 2002

Twelve American Masters of Collage Andrew J. Crispo & Gene Baro. NY, Andrew Crispo Gallery / 1977
Exhibition Catalog

Une Semaine de Bonté Max Ernst, NY, Dover / 1976
Art - A surrealistic novel by artist Max Earnst which consists only of collasges made from old engravings (no text).

Urban Walls: A Generation of Collage in Europe and America Brandon Taylor. Hudson Hills Press/ 2008. History: Collage and its dialogue with decollage in the 20th century

Urgent 2nd Class Nick Bantock, Chronicle Books / 2004 Monograph

Watercolor & Collage Workshop Gerald Brommer, NY, Watson-Guptill / 1986

Tom Wesselmann: The Early Years: Collages, 1959-1962 Art Galleries/CSULB / 1974 Monograph

Where Quirky Meets Menacing Kim Smith, Studio Kim Smith, San Francisco / 2008 An autobiography told in a series of collages.

The Art of Adolf Wolfli: St. Adolf-Giant-Creation Elka Spoerri, Daniel Baumann, Edward M. Gomez, and Gerard C. Wertkin. Princeton University Press / 2003.  Explores the work of this Swiss artist (1864 - 1930) who was among the first to be identified as an "outsider artist." Wolfli lived most of his adult life in an institution for the insane but influenced, among others, Jonathan Borovsky, Jean Dubuffet, & Meret Oppenheim.

You Go First Arturo Herrera, Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. / 2004 Monograph

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