Artists' Postcards: A Compendium

Artists' Postcards: A Compendium

by Jeremy Cooper
     
 

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Over the last twenty years an increasing number of artists have turned to expressing themselves through postcards. Whether by way of installation, collage, addition to, or alteration of existing postcards, or the production of postcards themselves, many prominent artists employ the medium in some form. Artists’ Postcards traces the origin of

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Over the last twenty years an increasing number of artists have turned to expressing themselves through postcards. Whether by way of installation, collage, addition to, or alteration of existing postcards, or the production of postcards themselves, many prominent artists employ the medium in some form. Artists’ Postcards traces the origin of artists’ fascination with postcards from the early 1900s but with a focus on the contemporary, revealing the significant number of artists who have made creative and unusual artworks in postcard form.
 
With 400 images of postcards created by many well-known artists, Artists’ Postcards is the first critical guide to the subject. From surrealists to Fluxus and conceptual artists, this book includes an array of historical and contemporary postcards by such artists as George Grosz, Bruce Nauman, Richard Long, David Hockney, Richard Hamilton, Susan Hiller, Joseph Beuys, Ben Vautier, Dieter Roth, Ray Johnson, Gordon Matta-Clark, Gavin Turk, Tacita Dean, Gilbert and George and Rachel Whiteread.
 
Artists’ Postcards will be of interest to artists and graphic designers, as well as to postcard collectors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781861898524
Publisher:
Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date:
04/15/2012
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.30(h) x 1.20(d)

What People are saying about this

Paul Di Filippo
Sometimes magnificent visual art takes root in the humblest of soils.
Advertisements painted on old barns, tattoos, fruit crate labels, hot rod embellishments -- all these media and many other non-galleried forms have hosted and fostered esthetic delights that satisfy any rigorous definition of art. In Jeremy Cooper's expansive, eye-popping history of the humble postcard in the hands of artists, appropriately titled Artists' Postcards,
we see that this small pasteboard canvas has played its own large role in the history of twentieth-century art.--Paul Di Filippo

Meet the Author


Jeremy Cooper is a writer, journalist, and broadcaster who has written and published widely on art and antiques. He has appeared regularly on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, was co-presenter of Radio 4’s The Week’s Antiques, and is the author of four novels.

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