Copy, Tweak, Paste. Methods of Appropriation in Re-enacted Artists’ Books

Rob van Leijsen

Les Presses du réel, 2020


Artists’ books, which once allowed artists to avoid meddlesome institutions and galleries in producing and distributing artistic work, today have a paradoxical existence. On the one hand, there are the extremely rare founding books, termed ‘first edition’ or ‘original’, and, on the other hand, there are ‘facsimile’ editions, which entered the artist’s book realm to counteract the scarcity of the originals by offering re-enactments and reinterpretations of famous titles.
This essay underlines a curiosity for practices of appropriation by artists and publishers, and aims to expose methods and discourses in the production of facsimile artists’ books.
Rob van Leijsen (born 1983 in Tilburg, The Netherlands, lives and works in Geneva) is a multidisciplinary graphic designer. His practice focuses mainly on cultural projects, notably in the fields of publishing design and research. He is currently head of his his own graphic design studio in Geneva, in parallel to his teaching position in the visual communication department at HEAD – Geneva.

ISBN: 9782970110385

220 pagina's, geïllustreerd, 20 x 14 cm, paperback, Frans/Engels