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Silent Scream Political and Social Comment in Books by Artists

written by Monica Oppen

Australian Scholarly Publishing | ISBN 9780987160652

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The Silent Scream: Political and Social Comment in Books by Artists is not only a catalogue but a view into some of humanitys darkest moments seen through the books of artists who have pushed a humanism that tries to save us from ourselves. Reaching back to William Blake with a facsimile of his illuminated book America: A Prophecy it travels through the two world wars and on to the modern era. Divided into historical eras, each chapter begins with an essay, that analyses the contexts in which these books were created.
For the first time in Australia the work of Australian artists and writers working in the field of book arts is presented within an international and historical perspective. Each book is featured with images and an accompanying commentary. Monica Oppen and Peter Lyssiotis, both practising artists, lend their unique perspective to the social content and the techniques behind the production of these books.
Also published for the first time, five new translations into English, four from the German, including The War by Georg Heym from Umbra Vitae, the complete text of Die Neue Stadt by Josef Luitpold and Otto Schatz and one from the Russian, the poem City from Gorod Stihki by Alexandr Rubakin.
The publication of this catalogue is timely as interest in the field of book arts, both locally and internationally continues to grow.

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