The Institute of Modern Russian Culture
at the University of Southern California presents:
Книга Художника - Artist's Books at IMRC
Notes on the Authors and Artists
Mikhail Karasik and the Artist's Book
by Joe Hannon
Mikhail Karasik is a leader among Russian book artists, and he has pioneered
the form among Russian artists and art enthusiasts.
His works have found homes in museums worldwide
and now at USC’s
Artist’s books have been a popular art form for decades. Artist’s books are all one-of-a-kind, limited edition, handmade books which are designed to complement and expand the art that is the text inside the book as well as to be pieces of art themselves. The books are all bound and pieced together by hand. Because the artist must make each copy of his or her book by hand, they are all unique and slightly varied. Artist’s books are usually published in an edition of approximately 20 copies, and as such, they stretch the boundary of what defines a book. These books cannot be mass produced and so challenge our conceptions of books.
In no way did Mikhail Karasik invent this creative and unique style of art,
but he certainly pioneered the form in
Karasik’s books are inspired by many sources including the Russian Futurist movement of the early 20th century. The Russian Futurists rejected the older symbolists teachings of the previous generation and created new works with their own inventive style from the already established folk art forms. They were progressive in their works and emphasized speed, invention, and modernity.
Karasik was also heavily influenced by the Oberiu group of the 1910s and the Leningrad Literary Underground.
Compton, Susan P.
The World Backwards: Russian Futurist Books
Compton, Susan P.
Russian Avant-Garde Books 1917-34.
Ford, Peter, Christine Higgott, and
The Book Garden Contemporary Russian
4. Perloff, Marjorie. The Futurist Movement. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 1986.
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