Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed Matter

Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed Matter

The exhibition, curated by Max Schumann, Associate Director, and AA Bronson, presents a survey of the publishing output of Printed Matter, Inc. over the last 35 years.

Learn to Read Art brings together hundreds of publications, editions, and ephemera tracing the history of Printed Matter as an alternative space established in response to the growing phenomenon of contemporary artists’ book production. In the context of widespread experimentation in the 1960s and 70s – a general challenging of traditional art forms and media – many artists looked to the book both as a formal device rich in possibilities, as well as for its social and political potency.

This exhibition assembles a broad sampling of Printed Matter’s artists’ books and special editions, as well as various ephemera produced over the years in support of its programs—print catalogs, posters, flyers, postcards—to convey how Printed Matter exists as much more than just a bookstore. The main legacy of Printed Matter is the tens of thousands of artists’ books and publications that have been circulating around the world over the past four decades. Learn to Read Art offers a distillation of a broad and diverse community and body of work, ultimately committed to experimental and accessible artistic practices. (pictures)

Until June 17, 2011
Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon

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