About this artwork
Interested in notions of collection and consumption, Allen Ruppersberg reconsiders texts, songs, narratives, photographs, and memorabilia culled from American vernacular culture. Remainders: Novel, Sculpture, Film is an installation that mimics a publisher’s remainders display in a bookstore. The artist manipulated the presentation in provocative ways: inserting fictional titles and authors onto book covers; printing the back covers and inside jacket flaps of each book with the entire screenplay of a 1960s educational film that warns of the dangers of hallucinogenic drugs; and inserting into each book a series of full-page, black-and-white stills from the artist’s film archive. Installed in a museum setting, the texts become a sculptural work that is seen instead of read.
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- Contemporary Art
- Allen Rawson Ruppersberg
- Remainders: Novel, Sculpture, Film
- United States
- A multiple consisting of 128 books, 5 packing cartons, 1 table and 1 bookmark published by C. Editions, New York, September 1991 in an edition of 12 + 4 artist’s proofs.
- 114.3 x 121.9 x 76.2 cm (45 x 48 x 30 in.)
- Gift of Lannan Foundation