This bibliography catalogues and illustrates, with a wide selection of images, Allan Kaprow's entire body of publicistic work: from his first artist's book in 1962, to his last anthology projects in the '90s. This lesser-known side of his oeuvre unfolds through 35 books, published over a 40-year span.
Kaprow's work moved along two parallel tracks: Happenings - of which he was an unchallenged pioneer, starting in the 1950s - and Activity Booklets, which functioned as a tool to help people understand and experience these performances.
The layout of his books, the originality of their structure, the literary stature of their texts, and their aesthetic quality as objects shifted his exploration of print into a higher realm, where the book became a fully-fledged work of art.
This publication is the first volume of the Bookspace series conceived by Christoph Schifferli and Giorgio Maffei.