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Crimes of the Art

Posted by Anne Healey in book design on April 26, 2010

Norwegian artist Gardar Eide Einarsson’s new show at Team Gallery in New York consists of a series of large black-and-white paintings based on appropriated images. One source image, it turns out, is a book design by Peter Mendelsund, a fact that did not go unnoticed by Mendelsund himself. He wrote about it on his blog Jacket Mechanical, pointing out that the image is not, as the gallery’s statement says, in the public domain. 

Mendelsund’s not alone. Last year Einarsson showed a set of similar paintings that appropriate Camus book covers designed by Helen Yentus

Einarsson 2009

 

The_Stranger_large the_myth_of_sisyphus_large the_plague_large the_fall_large

Einarsson isn’t trying to keep the appropriations a secret—he names the paintings with the book title. I think Mendelsund and Yentus should have a discussion about this and then post the transcript!

In other book-scandal news, have you heard about how Penguin Australia published a cookbook with a racist typo? They’re blaming it on a spell-checking program.  That’s a $20,000 mistake. I wonder how many trees it wasted?

      

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