Bookwork: Medium to Object to Concept to Art / Garrett Stewart

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Identifier: REF.AM.1971
Object type: Books
Dimensions: xix, 249 p. : ill. (some col.)
Publication dates: 2011
Created by: Garrett Stewart
"Less an inquiry into the artist's book than an exploration of the book form's contemporary objecthood, Stewart's interdisciplinary approach traces the lineage of these aggressive artifacts from the 1919 Unhappy Readymade of Marcel Duchamp down to the current crisis of paper-based media in the digital era. Bookwork surveys and illustrates a stunning variety of appropriated and fabricated books alike, ranging from hacksawed discards to the giant lead folios of Anselm Kiefer. The unreadable books Stewart engages with in this timely study are found, again and again, to generate graphic metaphors for the textual experience they preclude, becoming in this sense legible after all."--Book jacket Table of Contents: An exhibit in mind -- The thing of it is -- Readybound -- Demediated means -- Object lessons -- Anarchives -- Politics and the bibliobjet.