Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Legacy of Lynd Ward in Contemporary Artists' Books
by Friedman, Sara A., M.A., The George Washington University, 2016, 48; 10113266
Abstract (Summary)

Lynd Ward, an American Expressionist artist, and “father of the graphic novel,” helped shape the conventions of contemporary artists’ books. His legacy has influenced the direction beyond the graphic novel in areas such as the use of Expressionism and printmaking in the artists’ book, breaking graphic conventions, and using the artists’ book to convey a socio-political commentary. This paper will explain his influence and legacy by comparing his work to four contemporary artists’ books. Ward’s work, however, has only recently been recognized as a significant influence on graphic novels and has yet to be fully acknowledged as an influence on American artists’ books.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McAleer-Keeler, Kerry
Commitee: Smith Jr., Kenneth C.
School: The George Washington University
Department: Corcoran School of Arts and Design
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: American studies, Fine arts, Art history
Keywords: Artists' book, Artists' books, Book arts, Studio art, Ward, Lynd, Wordless novels
Publication Number: 10113266
ISBN: 978-1-339-76386-6
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