What exactly is a book? This wildly inventive and thought-provoking volume asks that question of more than 30 of today's top creative visionaries, from Ed Ruscha to Miranda July, John Baldessari to Jonathan Lethem. Each traditional element of a book—from endpapers to footnotes—is assigned to a different artist or writer invited to use the space as a creative playground. ThWhat exactly is a book? This wildly inventive and thought-provoking volume asks that question of more than 30 of today's top creative visionaries, from Ed Ruscha to Miranda July, John Baldessari to Jonathan Lethem. Each traditional element of a book—from endpapers to footnotes—is assigned to a different artist or writer invited to use the space as a creative playground. The result is a collaborative group art project like no other. A ribbon bookmark by David Shrigley, page numbers by Tauba Auerbach, endnotes by Rick Moody—each contribution surprising and brilliant. This one-of-a-kind book will entrance anyone who appreciates art, literature, and the surprising possibilities that emerge when the two collide....
|Title||:||The Thing The Book: A Monument to the Book as Object|
|Number of Pages||:||156 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Thing The Book: A Monument to the Book as Object Reviews
It's not often you read the index to a book, but the index in 'The Thing The Book' is an item in itself, as are the alternative contents page, the footnotes, the endnotes and everything else in between (including the marker ribbons) - all contributed by different artists and all self-reflexively examining the conventions and elements of 'the thing' that is a book. Experimental and enjoyable, visually interesting, with wit and humour... it ends with lovely little tribute piece about a guy who frequently appeared as the last name in the San Francisco phone book in the 1960s and 70s by adding extra Z's to front of his last name.
There are so many clever aspects to the object (i.e., "the thing") that made up this book itself that I feel bad not giving it the full 5 starts. From the disclaimer on the flap and Jonathan Lethem's brillant footnotes to the ribbon book marks and Miranda July's pornographic errata sheet, I loved each element of how this thing, this book was put together. I didn't really get the sense that the body selections were as carefully curated, however. This isn't to say I didn't enjoy many of them immensely, but there were several that seemed to have nothing to do with books and reading, which seemed to undercut the whole purpose of the project. Nonetheless, I'm thrilled to own this and have it on my bookshelf, which is the bigger point they are trying to make to begin with.
Great book about the book itself as an object. Some scholarly essays, some photo essays, some art pieces, an index to nothing, an errata to a harlequin novel.... this book celebrates everything that makes books wonderful with actual physical things that make up a book. There are many contributors, so the collection is all over the place: sometimes somber and serious, other times cheeky and absurd. I found this in the window of a used bookstore in Omaha, NB.
This book's design is superb. The authors did a fantastic job of creating the object, the book. Unfortunately for me I didn't understand three quarters of the writing inside. If you love art you'll appreciate it more than I.
Very interesting concept but the execution is uneven: some pieces are quite engaging, others felt rather dull/pedantic to me. I think people who are into "modern art" may appreciate it more than book lovers.
I LOVE THIS. As a concept, the design, the production, the content. Will be keeping on my desk for reference!
700.49 T4434 2014