Artists’ Books by Women Artists

Art Library’s collection

Joining the exhibition All I want - Portuguese Women Artists from 1900 to 2020, the Art Library presents a selection of artist books from its collection created by Portuguese women artists or working in Portugal, from the 1960s to 2020.

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An opportunity to admire artist books created by reference artists such as Ana Hatherly, Lourdes Castro, Irene Buarque and Maria José Oliveira, side by side works by artists from younger generations, in an inter-generational dialogue.

Some of the 24 women artists selected are represented in the exhibition All I want – Portuguese Women Artists from 1900 to 2020, on display at the Gulbenkian Foundation until 23 August.

It is not uncommon for some of these “books” to be just a conceptual reference used to support a specific artistic project, not being reduced to paper and ink, but incorporating different materials and crossing various plastic disciplines. It was this multiplicity of typologies, supports and materials that characterised the Artists Book as a creative expression, and that guided the choice of the displayed works.

In permanent growth, the collection has an international scope, even if the largest number of copies are by artists born in Portugal or by foreigners living in Portugal, from various generations, reflecting the national artistic creation from the 1960s onwards.

Discover the Artist books from the Art Library Collection.


Ana Hatherly, Lourdes Castro, Irene Buarque, Maria José Oliveira, Rita Barros, Ana Vidigal, Renata Siqueira Bueno, Sofia Areal, Ana Alvim, Alice Geirinhas, Bela Silva, Susanne Themlitz, Catarina Leitão, Susana Paiva, Susana Mendes Silva, Ana João Romana, Carla Rebelo, Carla Filipe, Isabel Baraona, Rita Thomaz, Ana Mata, Vera Marmelo, Lúcia Prancha e Catarina Domingues.

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