The copy of Ed Ruscha’s Twentysix Gasoline Stations from 1962 is a seminal part of the university’s collection. The cover of the book bears the scars of spine labels and the title page is littered with library stamps. Such treatment seems shocking now but could also be viewed as a testament to the levels of availability and distribution which Ruscha aspired to. Allowing the books to circulate freely enabled art, in book form, to be widely disseminated.
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Photography and the Artist’s Book
Edited by Theresa Wilkie, Jonathan Carson and Rosie Miller