The Art of Collaboration: Poets, Artists, Books

Always a space for experimentation, the book has been a platform for innovative collaboration since its invention, and never more than in the modern erawhen painters, poets, editors, typographers, and binders have each contributed to the production of works whose whole becomes something far more than its parts. The essays in this volume address some of the main threads of collaboration in American and French poetry and printing, where the livre d’artiste flirts with the artist’s book in imagining the page, the text, the codex as a vital scene of exchange. Each of these authors has been involved in this field in a professional and/or creative manner, and each speaks from experience with substantive authority.

Johanna Drucker,
Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies, UCLA

 

The Art of Collaboration brings together the perspective and insight of a distinguished international community of poets, artists, publishers, scholars and curators, drawing from their rich diversity of experience to identify a useful framework for documenting and understanding the recent history and practice of the age-old tradition of collaborating with text and image. This collection is an invaluable tool whose very presence is a brilliant example of its subject.

Steve Clay
Granary Books

The essays collected in this volume originate from a symposium that took place at the University of Caen, France, in March and April 2011, entitled ‘Collaboration and the Artist’s Book: a Transatlantic Perspective,’ one of the first in Europe to be organized for literary and cultural studies. The participants included American poets and artists who have produced significant work in the field (some since the sixties), together with American and French scholars, independent publishers of artists’ books, and library and museum curators.

Contributors include: Anca Cristofovici, Barbara Montefalcone, Antoine Cazé, Olivier Brossard, Michael Siebenbrodt, Vincent Katz, Bill Berkson, Susan Bee, Raphael Rubinstein, Gervais Jassaud, Pascal Poyet & Françoise Goria, Kyle Schlesinger, Antoine Coron, Constance Lewallen, Charles Bernstein & Richard Tuttle.

 

Edited by Anca Cristofovici & Barbara Montefalcone.

Hardcover. 198 pages. Full color throughout.

ISBN: 978-0-9860040-5-6

Threads Talks Series

Threads, a series of talks devoted to the art of the book, includes poets, artists, and publishers. It explores and enriches relationships between various strands of book culture that are often approached in isolation: poetry and writing; visual and performing arts; collaboration; design; printing; independent publishing; literary history; critical theory; and material culture.

The premise for the series was very similar to the kind of interdisciplinary approach to the book that has interested us all along. A book is never more successful than the relationship between its parts; the philosophical and material connections between writing, art, design, typography, translation, and distribution is more significant than excellence in any isolated area.

The talks were originally recorded before a small studio audience, then made available to the public on PennSound, and are now collected here in written form for the first time.

Threads began in March 2009 and concluded in October 2012. There were twelve speakers: Alan Loney; Charles Alexander; Simon Cutts; Buzz Spector; Jerome Rothenberg; Cecilia Vicuna; Jen Bervin; Kathleen Walkup; Johanna Drucker; Keith Smith; Richard Minsky; and Emily McVarish.

Edited by Steve Clay and Kyle Schlesinger. A co-production with Granary Books.

Paperback. 194 pages. Full color throughout.

ISBN: 978-1-887123-84-6

 

Various Authors : Bumpers

On average, 120,000 vehicles drive over the Brooklyn Bridge every day. What if each displayed a poem that could be read by the 4,000 pedestrians and 2,600 bicyclists that cross the bridge as well? Bumpers suggests that an alternative medium has the power to bring poetry to the streets. Bumpers is a collection of twelve genuine crack-‘n-peel bumper stickers designed and printed letterpress by Kyle Schlesinger with the assistance of Hannah King in two or three colors each. Contributors commissioned to compose poems specifically for this project are David Abel, Bill Berkson, Johanna Drucker, Craig Dworkin, Michael Gizzi, Michael Gottlieb, Ted Greenwald, Dorothea Lasky, Hoa Nguyen, Tom Raworth, Kit Robinson, and Carolee Schneemann.

Boxed edition.

ISBN: 9780982792698