Copy, Tweak, Paste: Methods Of Appropriation In Re-Enacted Artists' Books


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A text by graphic designer Rob van Leijsen on the modes, methods, and discourses around re-enactments, appropriations, or reinterpretations of artists’ books.

Today, artists’ books maintain a paradoxical existence, from the extremely rare founding books—termed “first edition” or “original”—to the “facsimile” editions that emerged to counteract the scarcity of the originals by offering new versions of noteworthy titles. In his work, Van Leijsen, who heads a studio in Geneva, focuses mainly on cultural projects, notably in the fields of publishing design and research.

Designed by Rob van Leijsen

Published by Clinamen
Bilingual, published in French and English

Softcover, 224 pages, color and b&w, 5.5 × 8.8 inches

ISBN: 978-2-97-011038-5

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