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Visible Word
By Johanna Drucker

The Visible Word

Experimental Typography and Modern Art, 1909-23 New edition

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Visible Word by Johanna Drucker

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Early in this century, Futurist and Dada artists developed brilliantly innovative uses of typography that blurred the boundaries between visual art and literature. In this text, Johanna Drucker shows how later art criticism has distorted our understanding of such works. She argues that Futurist, Dadaist, and Cubist artists emphasized materiality as the heart of their experimental approach to both visual and poetic forms of representation; by mid-century, however, the tenets of New Criticism and High Modernism had polarized the visual and the literary. Drucker suggests a methodology closer to the actual practices of the early avant-garde artists, based on a re-reading of their critical and theoretical writings. After reviewing theories of signification, the production of meaning, and materiality, she analyzes the work of four poets active in the typographic experimentation of the 1910s and 1920s: Ilia Zdanevich, Filippo Marinetti, Guillaume Apollinaire, and Tristan Tzara.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226165028
ISBN-10: 0226165027
Format: Hardback
(226mm x 151mm x 19mm)
Pages: 306
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 9-Jan-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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