Sandra Kroupa

Sandra Kroupa at Book Artists Jam

Marshall Weber

Marshall Weber

Milan Hughston

Milan Hughston

Marvin Sackner

Marvin Sackner's Collecting Statement (word doc.)

Marvin Sackner (Collector, co-founder of the Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archives of Concrete and Visual Poetry), discussed details of his own generous collecting interests. Since Dr. Sackner is, himself, half the institution for which he collects, there is no implicit conflict at the root of his collecting, although, as his Power Point presentation made wonderfully clear, his tastes have changed and grown over the years, and as such provide a good basis for a historical critique of the origins of the artists' book movement and a study of its infiltration of more popular cultural genres, such as children's book illustration. In a morning that saw a number of definitions of artists' books asserted, Dr. Sackner provided his own. "An artists' book has a visually appealing presentation as a result of hands-on involvement by a visual artist, writer, poet, performer or composer." He also provided an anti-definition of an artists' book, or a definition of what an artists' book is not. "An artists' book is not a book in which fine typography is utilized for conventional fiction, non-fiction and poetry, nor is it a book in which imagery and text or poems exist side by side throughout the book," (which he defined as a livres d'artistes.) Focussing on examples of mass produced artists' books, since he believed that the focus of the panel would be institutional collecting and he assumed public institutions did not have much money to spend, Dr. Sackner discussed artists' books of under $35, and gave examples of kinds of mass produced artists' books. These inlcuded: verbal/visual: concrete poetry, visual poetry, sound poetry, performance art/poetry, shaped poetry, rebus, conceptual art, pictograph books; unusual shaped books or bindings; diaristic books; experimental calligraphy; experimental fictiopn; flip books and pop-up books. A slight glitch with the a/v gave Dr. Sackner the opportunity to take questions, and to give a learned gloss on the origin of the concept of concrete poetry and the first appearance of the term "concrete poetry."





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