Thursday, October 28, 2010

Uppercase #7

UPPERCASE is best known from their great magazine but they also publish very very well designed books.

I've been really enjoying their publications so I packed my graphic novel and sent it to Uppercase. It was fun to find the package from the latest issue's Postal Service.

Tango with Cows


This summer I visited Berlin and one of it's really nice book store, ProQm where I found Breaking the Rules – The Printed Face of the European Avant Garde 1900-1937.

I don't buy often books about art history, but this was an exception.

The book has an interesting chapter about Russian Avant Garde books. While French books of the time where mostly deluxe editions with fine printing, Russian artists had a real DIY attitude. They used every material and printing technique which was available.

This way I ended up to Getty Center's website where is good collection of scanned Russian zines. One of the most beautiful style and type can be found from Vasily Kamensky's Tango with Cows (1914).

(photo from Getty Center)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sourcebooks



My curiosity towards books, visual storytelling, zines and self-publishing lead me finally to write thesis about "Reproduced Artists books in the early 21st Century".

At the moment, the best sourcebooks I have managed to find are these:
Cornelia Lauf: Artist/Author: Contemporary Artists' Books 1998
Daniel Baumann: Kiosk: Modes of Multiplication 2009
Johanna Drucker: The Century of Artists' Books 2004
Maria Fusco: Put About 2004
Simon Højbo: Zine soup: a collection of international zines and self-published art books 2009

Friday, October 15, 2010

Himaa




One of the first zines which really got my attention is 1177 by Japanese artist Himaa. The zine creates a visual story made with extremely simply but well thought-out drawings about man who is looking at things.

The zine is published by Nieves which has made a big bunch of wonderful publication.