The Empire State Building. A Reference Work. Roger Cutforth.
The Empire State Building. A Reference Work
The Empire State Building. A Reference Work

The Empire State Building. A Reference Work

New York: Art Press, 1969. First edition. 8vo, [20] pp, offset printed and saddle-stapled in card wraps.

Artists' book by Cutforth, which became part of his 1971 exhibition at the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design. The booklet, which prints various texts on the nature of the building, offers up the Empire State Building as a work of art.

The British born Cutforth was, along with Mel Ramsden and Ian Burn, a member of the Society for Theoretical Art and Analyses.

""Roger Cutforth has tried to deal with what is involved in the labels, often proposed as characteristics of contemporary work without further elaboration, but which are 'self-referential' and 'self-defining." In the Mezzanine we showed part of his Non-Art Proejct -- photos of the Eiffel Tower, Cleopatra's Needle, and the Empire State Building, accompanied by shots taken in the street in the locale of these monuments. Cutforth produced a booklet which, hypothesizing the Empre State Building as a work of art, dealt with it as "the subject of a system of referential connections,'...." - Charlotte Townsend, The Last Art College: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1968-1978, p. 121.

Wraps a bit grubby and smudge, but very good. Item #28065

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