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Pushing books : the bookwork as democratic multiple in the late capitalist era

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Pushing books : the bookwork as democratic multiple in the late capitalist era

McCord, Shane (2008) Pushing books : the bookwork as democratic multiple in the late capitalist era. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis examines the development of artist's books and other similar mass- produced art works in the codex form. More specifically, the object of investigation in this thesis focuses on the position of such art works as democratic multiples. This development is traced through three case studies on the works of Edward Ruscha (b.1937), the artist collective General Idea (1969-1995), and Matthew Barney (b.1967). The thesis argues that though artist's books are often characterized as being polemical towards capitalist production, these bookworks achieve their most democratic results when making use of the techniques of the capitalist market, rather than working against it.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art History
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:McCord, Shane
Pagination:vi, 91 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Art History
Date:2008
Thesis Supervisor(s):Langford, Martha
ID Code:975889
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:16
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:41
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