We are so excited to finally announce our fundraising campaign for BLONDE ART BOOKS’ first co-publication alongside artist Sara Cwynar of her book Kitsch Encyclopedia. Please view the video below and follow the link to our official campaign page. As always we appreciate your support of BLONDE ART BOOKS and independent publishing. Please consider donating to the production of the book and/or sharing the campaign with your friends, family, and co-conspirators.
Kitsch Encyclopedia is a book project that brings together writings by Milan Kundera, Roland Barthes and Jean Baudrillard, as well as my own writing to formulate a relationship of kitsch to images. Kundera considers kitsch to be a categorizing phenomenon: a means through which complex human experience is distilled to simple, sentimental motifs. All three writers discuss a similar circumstance of the contemporary image world: the way that our culture of images, especially in the age of the internet, provides an Idealized, kitsch-based image world that exists on top of the real world and in many ways has subsumed it. – Sara Cwynar
This is an art book three years in the making and is the perfect project for BLONDE ART BOOKS to participate in.
I was introduced to the book and Cwynar’s artwork through the one hand-bound copy of Kitsch Encyclopedia which was on display at the Camera Club of New York Zine and Self-Published Photo Book Fair in 2012. I immediately knew I wanted to help publish this beautiful and ambitious book in a large edition in order to share it with a larger audience. – Sonel Breslav
For more information about the book please contact Sonel Breslav at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit Cwynar’s website at http://aplaceofwork.com/index.php/saracwynar.