At some point before publication, a book assumes its final form, the form in which it is experienced by its audience. Naturally, this audience is often oblivious to the many, sometimes complex, decisions involved in constructing visual meaning through the montage of different ideas and elements. But, although these deliberate decisions are not normally communicated to the audience, the book is always to some extent a conception, or mediated presentation.             The contributors to Before Publication consider the construction of visual meaning through montage, with each essay taking as its starting point a particular artifact—from Ed Ruscha’s photobook, Every Building on the Sunset Strip to works by Sergei Eisenstein, Muriel Cooper, and Marshall McLuhan to Tristan Tzara’s unpublished Dadaglobe anthology. A common theme threading throughout the chapters is the relationship between privacy and publicity. A concise introductory chapter by the book’s editors, Nanni Baltzer and Martino Stierli places the chapters in conversation and discusses the broader subject of montage in art, architecture, and book design.

First published in 1923, the journal G: Material zur Elementaren Gestaltung (G: Materials for Elemental Form-Creation) helped shape a new phase in the history of the European avant-garde. Founded by Hans Richter, a pioneer of abstract animated film, G featured works by some of the important names in the advanced cultures of Europe: Hans Arp, Walter Benjamin, Theo van Doesburg, Viking Eggeling, Naum Gabo, Werner Graeff, George Grosz, Hugo Häring, Raoul Hausmann, Ludwig Hilberseimer, Frederick Kiesler, El Lissitzky, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Antoine Pevsner, Man Ray, and Tristan Tzara. This edition, the first in English translation, preserves the original design by Lissitzky, Richter, and Graeff, and includes essays that explore the role of the journal in its time and in relation to contemporary culture. An introduction analyzes the principles of the journal, situates it in the culture of the early 1920s, and evaluates its achievements.

A collection of artists’ books by: Marina Abramovic, Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, Robert Morris, Ida Applebroog, Armando, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Jean Arp, Richard Artschwager, Enrico Baj, Guido Ballo, John Baldessari, Miroslaw Balka,Balthus, Georg Baselitz, Marius Bauer, Merina Beekman, Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers, David Bunn, Chris Burden, Eduardo Chillida, Catherine Claeyé, Francesco Clemente, Chuck Close, Jean Cocteau, George Hugnet, Bruce Conner, Michael Craig-Martin, Olafur Eliasson, Max Ernst, Yves Tanguy, Tristan Tzara, Anya Gallaccio, Ryan Gander, Alberto Giacometti, Gilbert & George, Pim van Halem, Jonathan Hammer, Sjoerd Hofstra, John Billingham, Jörg Immendorf, Xu Pei, Rein Jansma, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Paul Klee, Jannis Kounellis, Barbara Kruger, Stephen King, André Lanskoy, Henri Laurens, Richard Long, Kasper Andreasen, Tine Melzer, Christien Meindertsma, Sophie Calle , Constant Nieuwenhuys / Gerrit Kouwenaar, Guiseppe Penone, Sigmar Polke, Ken Price / Charles Bukowski, Robert Rauschenberg, David Sandlin, Koosje Schmeddes, Sean Scully, Kiki Smith, Nicolas de Staël, Antoni Tàpies, Andrea Tippel, Richard Tuttle, Damian van der Velden, herman de vries, Hans Waanders, Kara Walker, Alicja Werbachowska, Christopher Wool, Raymond Pettibon, Paul Éluard, Marino Marini, Alicia Martin, Paul McCarthy, Jason Roades, Jack Milroy, René Char, Henry Moore, Robert Motherwell, Octavio Paz, Roman Ondak, Henk Peeters, Edward Ruscha, Man Ray, Louise Bourgeois, Sonia Delaunay, Wassily Kandinsky, Ellsworth Kelly, Joan Miró, Fernand Leger, Sol LeWitt, Henry Matisse, A.R. Penck, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Lawrence Weiner.

Nancy Clara Cunard (10 March 1896 – 17 March 1965) was a writer, heiress and political activist. She was born into the British upper class but strongly rejected her family’s values, devoting much of her life to fighting racism and fascism. She became a muse to some of the 20th century’s most distinguished writers and artists, including Wyndham Lewis, Aldous Huxley, Tristan Tzara, Ezra Pound and Louis Aragon, who were among her lovers, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Constantin Br‚ncuşi, Langston Hughes, Man Ray, and William Carlos Williams. MI5 documents reveal that she was involved with Indian socialist leader VK Krishna Menon. In later years, she suffered from mental illness, and her physical health deteriorated. She died at age 69, in Paris.

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