The Van Abbemuseum has issued a publication in collaboration with Platform Garanti, Centre for Contemporary Art, which specifically addresses the art books by Stilinović.
When artists began to examine the possibilities of mass dissemination and communication of their works, they looked to the ‘book as a work of the artist’ as a means to effectuate and distribute their ideas. Attracted by the simplicity, functionality, immediacy and democracy of printed material, these artists conceived works for the form and characteristics of the book.
The printed publication was a logical place for visual poetry, but it also suited conceptual artists, for whom the sequence of pages was essential for textual and photographic works, which often came into being as a series. Mladen Stilinović’s first books were published in the 1970’s. This book consists of examples from his publications through the years, as well as an interview with Stilinović and an article by Branka Stipančić.
Mladen Stilinović - Artist’s Books
Van Abbemuseum 2007
Design: Dejan Kršić
Publisher: Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center Istanbul & Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven
143 pages, illustrated, paperback