A History of Artists’ Books: Visual Pleasures
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Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLCW 2010
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Art History, Theory & Criticism
- Design History, Theory & Criticism
A cultural history about the creative union of word and image, this course offers visual pleasures of looking and reading critically. Today we might use an e- reader, but the physical book is still produced, read and collected. What are artists’ books? Or livres d’artistes? How important are concept, composition and cost? Students study a range of work from the livres d’artistes of Matisse and other Modernists to contemporary artists’ books and book-like works that defy expectations. The production of livres d’artistes and artists’ books parallel the stylistic movements of the modern and contemporary periods from origins in late 19th-century Symbolism through Conceptualism, the Women’s Art Movement and recent iterations, offering a broad overview of art and design. Individuals who test the scope of the artist’s book include Duchamp and his scraps in a box, Max Ernst, Sol LeWitt, Ida Applebroog, Anselm Kiefer and others. Students develop portfolios of their research, critical writing and presentations to demonstrate their critical thinking and understanding of the historic and theoretical premises of the artist’s book. Field trips are planned. Pathways: Art and Design Criticism and Writing
Open to: University undergraduate degree students, freshman and sophomores only. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture. Co-requisite(s): PSDS 2701 People and Things
Open to Undergraduate students.