Johanna Drucker

  • “Artists and Books”

    Until the middle of the twentieth century, very few artists made their own books—and even now, only a handful think in the book format. However, numerous lavish or modest, limited- or trade-editioned books have been produced in collaboration with major artists. Many of the works in this exhibition represent the exquisitely constructed livre d’artiste first fostered by dealer-publishers in the early twentieth century; standing apart on conceptual and material grounds, and distanced from the deluxe portfolio traditions of printmaking, fine-press production, and the

  • Graphic Design in America

    Graphic Design in America: A Visual Language History, ed. Mildred Friedman and Phil Freshman. Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, and New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1989. 264 pp.

    THE QUAKER OATS MAN, the tech-type IBM logo, and the generic Woman on the ladies’ room door—we all know these images. But who invented them, and when? Produced for the public eye, works of graphic design become so familiar it’s hard to think of them as having authors or histories. The slick surface of design effaces both the marks of these icons’ production and the continual process of renewal and revision that is needed