Bruce Nauman: The True Artist

Today I went to Any Amount of Books bookshop to look for a book with unique materials, format, binding etc. which also demonstrates excellent design. That was a part of our research task for Studio Ellipsis this week. I found a book called Bruce Nauman: The True Artist which I thought had an interesting cover concept. It had an exposed spine on one side and a normal spine on the opposite side. It baffled me at first. It took me a moment to understand how to open it. I thought it was a really cool cover concept. And I also liked the cover design itself too.

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Usually the outside of the cover is covered with paper and the edges folded and glued down inside the cover. In this book it is the opposite. The inside of the cover is covered and the edges are visible on the outside. I didn’t actually immediately realize that that’s what was going on with the cover. Only now after when I have been looking at the book for a bit longer, I noticed that. And I really like that about it. It makes the book even more unique.

I am also a fan of uncoated paper and covers so the uncoated cover of the book drew my attention instantly too. I also find it interesting that the contents are listed on the back cover.

bookAfterwards at home I found out more details about the book and its purpose.

Bruce Nauman: The True Artist

  • Designer: Julia Hasting
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press Limited
  • First published: 2014, London
  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 305 x 238 mm (12 x 9 3/8 in)
  • Pages: 288 pp
  • Binding: Coptic binding, exposed spine
  • Paper stock: Cover – uncoated greyboard. Pages – white 120 gsm (?), matt coating

“Bruce Nauman (b. 1941) is one of the most innovative, provocative and influential artists working today. His pioneering explorations of sculpture, performance, sound, video and installations – always questioning the role of the artist – have broken new ground and inspired innumerable artists’ careers. 
             Confronted with what to do in his studio soon after graduating, Nauman had the simple but profound realization that ‘If I was an artist and I was in the studio, then whatever I was doing in the studio must be art. At this point art became more of an activity and less of a product.’ Exploring Nauman’s relationship to the place where he creates his strikingly original works, Bruce Nauman: The True Artist retraces back to the artist’s youth in (…) through to the present day. Nauman’s continual search for new means and sources of expression have led him to experiment with a very wide variety of medium (photography, performance, sculpture, installations, video, neon sign, and sound) as well as to explore the relationship between words and images. ” –

Read more about my visit to Any Amount of Books secondhand bookshop: Any Amount of Books.




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