Conference: Traditional and emerging formats of artists' books: Where do we go from here?

Dr. Bibiana Crespo : Spain


Book Art: Changes and development in the 2nd half of the 20th Century: the 50s to the 90s
In order to understand the concept and evolution of the contemporary Book Art and to establish the foremost parameters that will shape the canon for artists' books in the 21st Century it is necessary to analyse the changes and the development that evolved during the second half of the 20th Century.

The understanding of the evolution of this singular art form is the starting point of the artist's creation in our current century. Giving special attention to Spanish artists' books of this period Bibiana Crespo presented books from 50's movements: CoBrA, Concrete Poetry, Letrism, Situationists, Nouveau Realism; of the 60's: Fluxus, Zaj, Pop-Art, Ed Ruscha, Dieter Roth, Bruce Nauman and Dan Graham; of the 70's: Conceptual Art, Italian Transvanguard, Marcel Broodthaers; of the 80's: Minimal Art, Sol Lewitt, German Neo-expressionism, Anselm Kiefer, and concluded with Book-Art of the 90's: Current Tendencies - Electronic Books and Net Books.

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