Johanna Drucker

1-887123-01-6 (hardback) Out-of-print.
1-887123-02-4 (paper)


The Century of Artists' Books is the first full-length study of the development of artists' books as a twentieth century artform. This work situates artists' books within the context of mainstream developments in the visuals arts from Russian Futurism and Surrealism to Fluxus, Conceptual Art, to Postmodernism. Designed to raise critical and theoretical issues as well as provide a historical overview, Drucker explores more than two hundred individual books in relation to their structure, form, and conceptualization. Topics include the discussion of the poetics of the books, the book as metaphor, the conceptual space of the book, and books as narrative and non-narrative sequences. Each chapter uses these specific issues to examine the works of well-known book artists and publishers. The book provides a foundation for future work in the history and critical interpretation of artists' books, as well as offering a structure for teaching artists' books to practitioners, collectors, and curators.

The clothbound edition was issued in 1995; the paperback in 1997.

ISBN: 1-887123-01-6 (hardback) Out-of-print.
1-887123-02-4 (paper) Out-of-print.

Other Granary Books titles by this author:

Figuring the Word: Essays on Books, Writing and Visual Poetics
The History of the/my Wor(l)d
The Word Made Flesh


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