Medium to Object to Concept to Art
written by Garrett Stewart
University of Chicago Press | ISBN 9780226773919
Hardback – 272 pages
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Bookwork follows our passion for books to its logical extreme, documenting artists who employ found or simulated books in works of sculpture. Garrett Stewart looks at hundreds of book-like objects (alone or as part of gallery installations) in this original account of works that force attention upon a book’s material identity and cultural history. Stewart’s interdisciplinary approach traces the lineage of this international art practice, from the 1919 Unhappy Readymade of Marcel Duchamp to the giant lead folios of Anselm Kiefer. Stewart thinks deeply about the experience of reading, and how memories of reading hover over the altered book, or bibliobjet (as he calls books made into art objects).