THE ARTIST BOOK FOUNDATION IS DEDICATED TO DOCUMENTING AND CELEBRATING THE LIVES AND WORK OF ARTISTS THROUGH THE RICHEST VISUAL PRESENTATIONS AND MOST INFORMED NARRATIVES. PRESERVING AND SHARING THIS ARTISTIC HERITAGE ENRICHES OUR COMMUNITIES AND PROVIDES INSPIRATION FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS.
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, TABF is in the unique position to work with institutions, artists’ estates, and foundations, and to encourage individuals to contribute to the ongoing documentation of our visual arts legacy. We are fortunate to have strong relationships with established artists and institutions regionally and across the country.
Artist monographs and catalogues raisonnés are greatly valued by artists, galleries, collectors, art historians, students, and many others. However, these books are being published less and less because they rarely are profitable for trade publishers.
"The book is the book. To see it get out in the world and to be a permanent record. That’s what The Artist Book Foundation does — in the same way a museum puts it on the wall, The Artist Book Foundation will publish it."
—Tom Slaughter, New York City, 2012
Who We Are
Leslie Pell van Breen, co-founder, and Executive Director/Publisher is one of the most highly regarded and accomplished art book publishers working today. Prior to co-founding The Artist Book Foundation, Leslie was publisher and executive director of Hudson Hills Press for more than a decade, building that company into a premier American publisher of fine art books. Leslie has worked with some of the finest museums in this country and published more than 75 titles ranging from artist monographs and catalogues raisonnés, to exhibition and collections catalogues as well as criticisms and historical surveys. Leslie and her team of the best book designers and editors in the United States are excited to continue working together, building on this impressive record.
Timothy O'Connor, CAO and Treasurer, a retail and consumer products consultant, joined in Feb 2017 to bring his business background and non-profit management experience to TABF to help the foundation move forward to a more sustained and steady path to its potential.
Gibb Taylor, co-founder, made numerous contributions to The Artist Book Foundation in its early years. Mr. Taylor left the foundation in 2016 to pursue other interests in arts and education.