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A book project by Sara Cwynar of original and appropriated images and text, co-published with Blonde Art Books.

Sara Cwynar and Blonde Art Books are publishing their first book together!!

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

+ Kitsch Encyclopedia is a book project that Sara has been working on for over three years and with your help she can finally realize the publication that has served as a reference point for all of her subsequent work.

+ Until now, Kitsch Encyclopedia has existed as one hand-made copy and by supporting the project you would help share the art book with a much larger audience. 

+ Kitsch Encyclopedia, 2013, 176 pages, Full color, Hardcover.

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The book will be co-published with Blonde Art Books in an edition of 1000, PLUS a special limited edition of 20, which will replicate the hand-made quality of the original book.

Rewards

$5+
Editioned Postcard (Cindy Sherman's Eyelashes, 2012) and a special ‘thank you’ on the Blonde Art Books website.

$15+
Objects, 2011, Edition of 100
PLUS: Editioned Postcard and a special ‘thank you’ on the Blonde Art Books website.

$25+
Ornamental Cookery
, 2010, Edition of 50. PLUS: Editioned Postcard (Cindy Sherman's Eyelashes, 2012) and a special ‘thank you’ on the Blonde Art Books website.

$25+
Simulated Landscapes
, 2011
PLUS: Editioned Postcard (Cindy Sherman's Eyelashes, 2012) and a special ‘thank you’ on the Blonde Art Books website.

35+
Kitsch Encyclopedia T-Shirt, designed by Sara Cwynar. PLUS: Editioned Postcard (Cindy Sherman's Eyelashes, 2012) and a special ‘thank you’ on the Blonde Art Books website.

$40+
Kitsch Encyclopedia
, 2013, Edition of 1000. Signed by the artist.
PLUS: A special ‘thank you’ on the Blonde Art Books website.

$75+
Kitsch Encyclopedia, 2013, Edition of 1000, PLUS: Objects, 2011, Simulated Landscapes, 2011, Kitsch Encyclopedia T-Shirt, designed by Sara Cwynar, Postcard and a special ‘thank you’ on the Blonde Art Books website.

$250+
Special Limited Edition of Kitsch Encyclopedia, 2013, Edition of 20. Signed by the artist.

$300+
Flower Gradient
, 2013, 8 x 10 inches, C-print, Edition of 100, Unframed PLUS: Kitsch Encyclopedia, 2013, Edition of 1000, Signed by the artist.

$1500+
Photograph by Sara Cwynar 'Our Natural World (Books 1)' - (image below), 2013, or "Man and Space (Books 2)", 2013, 24 x 30 in. Black & White C-print mounted on Dibond, Edition of 3 each, PLUS: 'Kitsch Encyclopedia Volume 1', 2013, Edition of 1000,The Kitsch Encyclopedia' T-Shirt, 'Objects', 2011, 'Simulated Landscapes', 2011, Editioned Postcard (Cindy Sherman's Eyelashes, 2012) and a special ‘thank you’ on the Blonde Art Books website.

+$2500
BOTH Photograph by Sara Cwynar 'Our Natural World (Books 1)', 2013, AND "Man and Space (Books 2)" (image below), 2013, 24 x 30 in. Black & White C-print mounted on Dibond, Edition of 3 each, PLUS: 'Kitsch Encyclopedia Volume 1', 2013, Edition of 1000,The Kitsch Encyclopedia' T-Shirt, 'Objects', 2011, 'Simulated Landscapes', 2011, Editioned Postcard (Cindy Sherman's Eyelashes, 2012) and a special ‘thank you’ on the Blonde Art Books website.

Artist Bio

Born in Vancouver, Sara Cwynar is a New York-based artist. Her work has been exhibited at Ed Varie, New York; The New York Art Book Fair at PS1 MoMA; Camera Club of New York, and Printed Matter, New York. Recent and forthcoming solo exhibitions include The Foam Photography Museum, Amsterdam, and Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto.   http://aplaceofwork.com/index.php/saracwynar

Blonde Art Books

Established by Sonel Breslav in 2012, Blonde Art Books is an organization dedicated to promoting exceptional publications about and by international artists. The blog collects and disseminates information about self-publishing, printing resources, and book production grants in the fields of art, poetry, criticism, and cultural studies.  Blonde Art Books curates book-centric exhibitions that examine the connections between traditionally exhibited artwork and the books, magazines, and other printed matter that inform and shape their conception. This will be Blonde Art Books' first publication. www.blondeartbooks.com

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

I first saw 'Kitsch Encyclopedia' at a photo art book fair last year and after learning that it was the only existing copy I immediately knew that I wanted to help publish and distribute this unique and ambitious project. There have been many challenges for us in producing the book in its original form but with the help and support of fellow book-makers, printers, artists and publishers we feel confident that publication will be representative of the Sara's original idea.

'Kitsch Encyclopedia' will be Blonde Art Books first publication and we are learning new things everyday. The risks in publishing are always great but what both Sara and I agree on most, is that we want to share the book with you. - Sonel Breslav, founder of Blonde Art Books

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