Shop > Artists' Books


Leaving No Mark: Prolegomena to an Evanescent Art

Donal McGraith
Charivari Press
Artists' Books
15 × 23 cm
108 pgs

Art is fakery, a lie,” begins Leaving No Mark: Prolegomena to an Evanescent Art. In this striking essay, one by one, Donal McGraith dismantles our fundamental assumptions about Western art; especially that it consists of static works of originality and rare genius. Such views of art, as a specialized activity, are the basis for its academic study and the foundation of the multi-billion dollar art market. In particular in discussing, copies, fakes and reproductions he destroys the foundation for aesthetic uniqueness. This fallacy has given rise to a “cult of personality” and a “prison house of style,” whose only purpose to inflate the art market. The so-called original operates in a similar mystifying way to the religious relic, the value lies less in aesthetic quality but only in the notion, more often untrue as fakes abound, that the ‘genius’ has touched the object. McGraith seeks to reclaim art as the lived expression of our creativity urging that we not direct these impulses into forms that can be quickly turned into commodities. Like Navajo sand painting or the ceilidh, such endeavours would soon be lost to time. Other strategies supporting an evanescent approach are developed in a section entitled, “Anonymity, Pseudonymity & Polynymity.” Donal McGraith is the author of The Wild and the Free: Shane, Rousseau, Hippies. also published by Charivari Press. He has produced a number of articles on music and art for the magazines Musicworks and Sub Rosa. His seminal essay ‘Anti-Copyright and Cassette Culture’ was included in Sound By Artists. McGraith’s provocative views, unsettling to those who benefit from high art, are clearly on display in Leaving No Mark.

  1. Leaving No Mark: Prolegomena to an Evanescent Art

Related Items

  1. Pascal Gielen and Niels Van Tomme: Aesthetic Justice
  2. Daniel Olson: The Book of Mark
  3. Mark Laliberte: La Détournée #3
  4. Mark DeLong and Jason McLean: Tracey Chapman Research Centre
  5. More Than Real: Art in the Digital Age
  6. Mark G. MacKinnon: Adapted Remnant Groundslab Transfer Drawings 2009-2015
  7. Draw it with your Eyes Closed
  8. Mark Lewis: Inventio
  9. Pascal Gielen: No Culture, No Europe
  10. Avery F. Gordon: Ghostly Matters
  11. BaJia House 2
  12. Hotel Theory Reader
  13. mark: Before the Curtain. Avant le rideau
  14. Mark von Schlegell: Ickles, Etc.
  15. October 148
  16. Pascaline Knight: Le Ralenti Énumère Les Possibles
  17. Sidsel Meineche Hansen and Tom Vandeputte: Politics of Study
  18. Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven
  19. Leander Schönweger: Die Nebel lichten sich/ The Fog Disperses
  20. Daniel Olson: The Book of Luke
  21. Masanao Hirayama: PYRAMID QUIZ (5153) Special edition
  22. Setup Issue 3
  23. Jack Pierson: Tomorrow’s Man 2
  24. Jean Gagnon: Pornography in the Urban World
  25. Mark Connery: Hell Passport #15
  26. Eric Tabuchi: A French American Trip
  27. NDP #4
  28. Subject Matter of the Artist: Writings by Robert Goodnough, 1950-1965
  29. The WA Book 1
  30. Collin Johanson: Directional Work
  31. Art City
  32. Luciano Fabro: Kunst wordt terug Kunst/L’Art Redevient L’Art
  33. Quinn Latimer and Akram Zaatari: Film as a Form of Writing
  34. The Global Contemporary and the Rise of New Art Worlds