ATG Book of the Week: The Thing The Book: A Monument to the Book as Object

thething-thebook_9781452117201_350Title: The Thing The Book: A Monument to the Book as Object
Author: Jonn Herschend 
and Will Rogan
Hardcover:
978-1452117201, $40
Imprint: San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2014

“What exactly is a book? This wildly inventive and thoughtprovoking volume asks that question of more than 30 of today’s top creative visionaries, from Ed Ruscha to Miranda July, John Baldessari to Jonathan Lethem. Each traditional element of a book—from endpapers to footnotes—is assigned to a different artist or writer invited to use the space as a creative playground. The result is a collaborative group art project like no other. A ribbon bookmark by David Shrigley, page numbers by Tauba Auerbach, endnotes by Rick Moody—each contribution surprising and brilliant. This one-of-a-kind book will entrance anyone who appreciates art, literature, and the surprising possibilities that emerge when the two collide.”

Review

“For art geeks who are also book geeks, this is the greatest coffee table book ever, a reminder that books are tangible objects with design components that are frequently beautiful. A number of artists and authors collaborated on this amazing book.” – Huffington Post

 

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