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VARIOUS SMALL BOOKS: Referencing Various Small Books by Ed Ruscha (MIT Press) Hardcover – February 1, 2013

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Various Small Books: Referencing Various Small Books by Ed Ruscha neatly captures the books-within-a-book concept of this bibliophilic delight, a collection of cover and sample-spread illustrations (with dryly witty descriptions by Phil Taylor) assembled from the seemingly endless homages by other artists to Ruscha’s Twentysix Gasoline Stations and his subsequent, similarly deadpan, photo books (including the classic Every Building on the Sunset Strip). More than ninety examples are presented, from Bruce Nauman’s caustic 1969 Burning Small Fires, whose images document the incineration of a copy of Ruscha’s Various Small Fires and Milk, to more recent examples of books spinning off Ruscha’s seminal series. —Christopher Lyon

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At once celebratory, serious, and challenging, the collection gracefully offers new points of inquiry for considering an artist whose core questions remain wonderfully unresolved.

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Various Small Books offers a survey of how an artist's body of work can influence art history and contemporary practice. But it is also a perceptive look at how appropriation can evolve into innovation.

(Steven Heller New York Times Book Review)

More important, the book covers a lot of historical ground, taking that tectonic year 1989 as its starting point and using the explosion of international biennials and triennials for an art-world map utterly different from the one that existed a generation or two ago.

(T The New York Times Style Magazine)
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Product Details

  • Series: MIT Press
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; First Edition edition (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262018772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262018777
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For those who enjoy artist books, Ed Ruscha or just original ideas of familiar things, this is a very nice catalogue. The pictures
and descriptions are very helpful and the artists insights into their creative processes is enlightening. It is a collectible catalogue
and an artist book in itself.
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Photobibliomania is a blessing and a curse to me, and Ed Ruscha may have been one of the instigators of the rags to riches story of photobooks, the scoundrel!

I can recall when his books were remaindered and now they are like gold bars.

It has been amusing and edifying to watch a whole generation of artists "respond" to Ruscha, and this book does a good job of summarizing, although an e-database would do better, as new books come out weekly now. I got one today!
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This book provided photos from more than one of his books. It inspired me to look closer at the everyday world. I recommend it.
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Its okay
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