An investigation into conceptual art as a historical current and factor of influence on the art of today. This was another book that had true adherents and a number of panel members who were more critical.
Its design is modern – we were all agreed on that – and it’s a book that feels good, the pages turn over nicely, its typography is good and it has a fine, lucid cover.
But why do we keep getting those awful dotted pages, some of us thought. They’re part of what’s special about it, thought others. Was this taste rearing its ugly head or was it something else? The half-tone patterns make clear what is pictorial matter and what not, and a good thing too, because the pictorial matter also contains a great deal of typography, so they do serve a real function. To their detractors, however, the effect of the dots was over-dominant, even though otherwise they thought it was in every respect a successful book – so it was let through.