“Cubist Illustrated Books In Context”

Franklin Furnace

Though hardly a novel notion, recognition of the importance of graphic media in spreading artistic ideas has only come into its own in recent examinations of early-20th-century “isms.” Through the ’60s, the American approach stressed painting and sculpture as the main signposts of visual development, and relegated drawing, prints, and particularly the design media to the back burners. All this began to change with the emergence of the issues of the ’70s; as contemporary concerns shifted toward the alternative media, we started to look for new things in the past.

One of the major legacies of the ’70s has been the recognition and support of contemporary artists’ publications, and a side-effect of that legacy was the receptive climate for this examination of Cubist books. The show, curated by Donna Stein, was a persuasive display of the passion and commitment underscoring Cubism. It covered

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