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MICHAEL DEAN: NOW LEAVES. Corinn Gerber. Book Works, London, 2015. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Ram Publications, Santa Monica. 640 pp. 17 x 12 cm. ISBN 9781906012717 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: Fast-moving contemporary British artist Michael Dean explores different relationships between the word as idea and the word as material form in his sculptural and, at times, photo-based works. His newest artist book, Now Leaves, scaled to the human hand -- about the same size and weight along with a similarly flexible structure -- feels alive. The newsprint-light pages fall loosely apart to reveal dense black graphics; the letters, shaped as tongues and twisted to form a barely legible word, "leaves," are inscribed repeatedly. Dean's work, which also includes poetry, short plays and performances, has been exhibited recently at Cubitt, London; Kunstverein Freiburg; and Nomas Foundation, Rome. Austrian-British philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once said that in principle there can be no such thing as a private language -- an untranslatable lexicon of which only one person can make sense. According to Michael Dean, in practice the opposite would seem to be the case.
Artist(s):Dean, Michael
Indexing: Unspecified
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 168588
Paperbound $25.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title) nota bene: See Comment Above.

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