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Artists’ Postcards

A Compendium

Over the last twenty years an increasing number of artists have turned to expressing themselves through postcards. Whether by way of installation, collage, addition to, or alteration of existing postcards, or the production of postcards themselves, many prominent artists employ the medium in some form. Artists’ Postcards traces the origin of artists’ fascination with postcards from the early 1900s but with a focus on the contemporary, revealing the significant number of artists who have made creative and unusual artworks in postcard form.
With 400 images of postcards created by many well-known artists, Artists’ Postcards is the first critical guide to the subject. From surrealists to Fluxus and conceptual artists, this book includes an array of historical and contemporary postcards by such artists as George Grosz, Bruce Nauman, Richard Long, David Hockney, Richard Hamilton, Susan Hiller, Joseph Beuys, Ben Vautier, Dieter Roth, Ray Johnson, Gordon Matta-Clark, Gavin Turk, Tacita Dean, Gilbert and George and Rachel Whiteread.
Artists’ Postcards will be of interest to artists and graphic designers, as well as to postcard collectors.

344 pages | 380 color plates, 70 halftones | 9 x 11 | © 2012

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Art of Postcards
One: Pre-1945
Two: 1945 to 1980
Three: Contemporary

Categories of Artists’ Postcards
  Artist-designed postcards
  Manipulated postcards
  Composite postcard pieces
  Postcards in collage
  Boxes, sets and books of postcards
  Postcards in mail art
  Postcard presses, designers and photographers
  Political/polemical postcards
  Promotional postcards
  Graphic postcards
  Postcards as pictures

Photo Acknowledgements

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