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Art & graphic design : George Maciunas, Ed Ruscha, Sheila Levrant De Bretteville

Art & graphic design : George Maciunas, Ed Ruscha, Sheila Levrant De Bretteville / Benoît Buquet ; translated by Jane Marie Todd.
Buquet, Benoît
  • New Haven : Yale University Press, [2021]
  • ©2021

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Additional Authors
  • Maciunas, George, 1931-1978.
  • Ruscha, Edward.
  • De Bretteville, Sheila Levrant.
  • Todd, Jane Marie, 1957-
  • Buquet, Benoît.
ix, 220 pages : illustrations (some color); 26 cm
This fascinating study of the role that graphic design played in American art of the 1960s and 1970s focuses on the work of George Maciunas, Ed Ruscha, and Sheila Levrant de Bretteville. Examining how each of these artists utilized typography, materiality, and other graphic design aesthetics, Benoit Buquet reveals the importance of graphic design in creating a sense of coherence within the disparate international group of Fluxus artists, an elusiveness and resistance to categorization that defined much of Ruscha's brand of Pop Art, and an open and participatory visual identity for a range of feminist art practices. Rigorous and compelling scholarship and a copious illustration program that presents insightful juxtapositions of objects-some of which have never been discussed before-combine to shed new light on a period of abundant creativity and cultural transition in American art and the intimate, though often overlooked, entwinement between art and graphic design.
Uniform Title
Graphics. English
Alternative Title
  • Graphics.
  • George Maciunas, Ed Ruscha, Sheila Levrant De Bretteville
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
  • Originally published as Graphics : art & design graphique aux États-Unis (1960-1980) : George Maciunas, Ed Ruscha, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville ©2019 Presses Universitaires François-Rabelais, Iconotexts, Tours.
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
Language (note)
  • In English; translated from the French.
Part I. Fluxus and the graphic design of George Maciunas. Constructing a visual identity -- Ideological, technological, and (ty)poetic context -- Maciunas's pharmacy -- Part II. Ed Ruscha, figure of avoidance. Young graphic designer versus young artist -- Ruscha's books: Fragile Semiophors -- Liquid words, snatched figures, stained supports -- Part III. Art, graphic design, and feminism in the orbit of Sheila Levrant de Brettsville. A zone of contestation and experimentation -- The woman's building -- Editing, typesetting, printing, distributing.
  • 9780300249859
  • 0300249853
  • 99990578134
  • 99989485205
  • on1245472946
  • 1245472946
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