The Collaborative Artist's Book: Evolving Ideas in Contemporary Poetry and Art
by Alexandra J. Gold
University of Iowa Press, 2023
Paper: 978-1-60938-889-8 | eISBN: 978-1-60938-890-4
Library of Congress Classification N7433.35.U6G65 2023
Dewey Decimal Classification 700.973

The Collaborative Artist’s Book offers a rare glimpse into collaborations between poets and painters from 1945 to the present, and highlights how the artist’s book became a critical form for experimental American artists in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Alexandra Gold provides a broad overview of the artist’s book form and the many ongoing debates and challenges, from the disciplinary to the institutional, that these forms continue to pose.

Gold presents five case studies and details not only how each individual collaboration came to be but how all five together engage and challenge conventional ideals about art, subjectivity, poetry, and interpersonal relations, as well as complex social questions related to gender and race. Taking several of these books out of special collections libraries and museum archives and making them available to a broad readership, Gold brings to light a whole genre that has been largely forgotten or neglected.

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