Alex Danchev Editor
Penguin, London, 2011, English
Nonfiction, Graphic Design; Nonfiction, Art and Cultural History
7.7 x 5 x 0.9 inches, paperback, 496 pages
ISBN: 9780141191799
Suggested Retail Price: $20.99

From the Publisher. A collection of 100 manifestos from the last 100 years, presenting the contradictory and echoing spirits of such diverse movements as Vorticism, Feminism, Dogme, Surrealism, Communism, and Cannibalism, taking in along the way cinema, architecture, fashion, and cookery. Written by a wide range of artists including Wassily Kandinsky, Wyndham Lewis, Claes Oldenburg, Derek Jarman, Gilbert and George, Rem Koolhaas, Werner Herzog, Takashi Murakami, and Billy Childish, the revolutionary spirit is clear in each manifesto, as they promote and critique every aspect of art from fun and fearlessness to violence and freedom.

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Rick Poynor

This collection is a great idea. Instead of treating artists’ manifestos only as documents of the movements they supported, it invites us to read them as works of literature, and even as classics. The “heroic” years of manifesto-making, c. 1910–30, are as bombastic as you would expect (Futurism, Dada, Surrealism), but there are many compelling later examples, including the priceless Stuckists, and architectural manifestos from Rem Koolhaas, Lebbeus Woods, and Charles Jencks.

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