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Merz to Emigre and Beyond

Merz to Emigre and Beyond


Merz to Emigre and Beyond

By Steven Heller

"Magazine design connoisseurs will go wild for Steven Heller's Merz to Emigré and Beyond...Laden with beautifully ground breaking print designs...Beautifully realized, Heller's not-so-secret history is one to be read on many differing levels." —i-D

"A well-illustrated, impeccably researched and chronological study, this book looks set to be the definitive volume on its subject." —Grafik

"It will provide everyone from design students, art historians, academics and coffee-table/armchair connoisseurs with a visually breathtaking reference book, as well as a thorough and engaging read." —Fernando Guitiérrez, partner at the Pentagram design agency, London, Creative Review

Merz to Emigré and Beyond is a historical survey of avant-garde cultural and political magazines and newspapers all the way from the early twentieth century to the present day. The book features a unique selection of international publications from Europe and the USA including Merz (1920s), View (1940s), East Village Other (1960s), Punk (1970s), Raw (1980s) and Emigré (1990s).

The design of these magazines, often raucous and undisciplined, was as ground breaking as the ideas they disseminated. Many were linked to controversial artistic, literary and political movements, such as Dada, Surrealism, Modernism, the New Left and Deconstruction. They contain the work of many leading experimental artists and designers of their time—from Kurt Schwitters and El Lissitzky in the 1920s and 30s, to Art Spiegelman and Rudy Vander Lans in the 1980s and 90s.

240 pages | 500 Illustrations
Phaidon Press, 2014
10 x 1 x 11.5 inches
ISBN 9780714865942
Graphic Design, Cultural Studies, History

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