Online Exhibitions

Curated by Johanna Drucker

For Artistexts, internationally renowned author, book artist, and visual theorist Johanna Drucker selected more than 20 artist books created in a deliberate dialogue between design and writing. These artistexts (a neologism coined by Drucker) explore how poetics and production change across the spaces of a distributed textual system, emerging as palimpsests, recombinations, excisions, swarms, unfoldings, and turnings. In this exhibit, items from Drucker's personal collection and the University of Arizona Libraries Special Collections join holdings from the University of Arizona Poetry Center's L. R. Benes Rare Book Room. Click here to read "Books, Artistexts, and Typopoiesis," an essay written by Drucker to accompany the exhibit.

This exhibit originally appeared in the Jeremy Ingalls Gallery of the University of Arizona Poetry Center from April 2, 2012 to June 29, 2012.

 

Cent mille milliards de poèmes
Image of Cent mille milliards de poèmes, by Raymond Queneau

Raymond Queneau (1903–1976). Cent mille milliards de poèmes. Paris: Gallimard, 1961. Courtesy of University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections.

How many poems can be made from this book of ten sliced sonnets? According to the title, a hundred million million poems.

Gesammelte Werke
Image of Gesammelte Werke, v. 9, by Dieter Roth

Dieter Roth (1930–1998). Gesammelte Werke, v. 9 & 19. Stuttgart: H. Meyer, 1971–. Courtesy of University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections.

Dieter Roth's complete works range from original drawings and collages to Stupidogrammes (punctuation works) and a sausage stuffed with newspaper.

Gabberjabb #5
Cover Image of Gabberjabb #5, by Walter Hamady

Walter Hamady. Gabberjabb No. 5. Mt. Horeb, WI: Perishable Press, Ltd., 1981. L.R. Benes Rare Book Room, University of Arizona Poetry Center.

With a mind, a letterpress, a drawer of metal type, a handmade paper mill, and the extraordinary Gabberjabb series 1–8, Walter Hamady changed the face of contemporary book arts in the United States.

Interior Pages from Gabberjabb #5
Interior Pages of Gabberjabb #5, by Walter Hamady
Interior Pages of Gabberjabb #5, by Walter Hamady

Walter Hamady. Gabberjabb No. 5. Mt. Horeb, WI: Perishable Press, Ltd., 1981. L.R. Benes Rare Book Room, University of Arizona Poetry Center.

Gabberjabb #6
Cover Image of Gabberjabb #6, by Walter Hamady

Walter Hamady. Gabberjabb No. 6. Mt. Horeb, WI: Perishable Press, Ltd., 1988. Courtesy of University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections.

Interior Pages from Gabberjabb #6
Interior Pages of Gabberjabb #6, by Walter Hamady
Interior Pages of Gabberjabb #6, by Walter Hamady

Walter Hamady. Gabberjabb No. 6. Mt. Horeb, WI: Perishable Press, Ltd., 1988. Courtesy of University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections.

Was Here
Cover Image of Was Here, by Emily McVarish
Image of Was Here, by Emily McVarish

Emily McVarish. Was Here. San Francisco/New York: E. McVarish/Granary Books, 2001. Courtesy of Johanna Drucker.

"In Emily McVarish's works... compositional acuity makes each separation of an opening into a scene within a series, a punctuated moment, bracketed by the literal edge of the sheet"—Johanna Drucker.

Spreading the Word
Image of Spreading the Word, by John Crombie

John Crombie. Spreading the Word. Paris: Kickshaws, 1987. L.R. Benes Rare Book Room, University of Arizona Poetry Center.

The Poetry Center's collection of 13 Kickshaws titles represents the only Southern Arizona holdings of John Crombie's important presswork. This copy of Spreading the Word, no. 1 of an edition of 115, was the author-printer's personal copy before coming to the Center.

Sweethearts
Cover Image of Sweethearts, by Emmett Williams
Image of Sweethearts, by Emmett Williams

Emmett Williams (1925–2007). Sweethearts. Stuttgart: Edition Hamsjörg Mayer, 1967. L.R. Benes Rare Book Room, University of Arizona Poetry Center.

In a virtuoso performance, concrete poems about love and sex take shape from the letters of the word "sweethearts."

Ledentu le Phare
Cover Image of Ledentu le Phare, by Iliazd
Image of Ledentu le Phare, by Iliazd

Iliazd (1894–1975). Ledentu le Phare, facsimile. Paris: Editions Allia, 1995. (Originally published by Editions 41, Paris, 1923). L.R. Benes Rare Book Room, University of Arizona Poetry Center.

From the heart of the 20th-century avant-garde, this Dadist/Futurist text is written in "zaum" ("language beyond reason").

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