The Machine: as seen at the end of the mechanical age*


Author: Pontus Hultén
Publisher: Museum of Modern Art, New York
Year: 1968

The catalog is notable for its striking design and unusal fabrication from pressed steel.

Hardcover. Color illus. & stamped metal covers with riveted spinel; 218 pages, English, 24,5 x 21,2 cm
Designed by Anders Österlin after a photograph by Alicia Legg.
Condition: good, light age toning to margins; some scuffing to metal back cover and spine;
Exhibition catalogue of one of the most important exhibitions of the 1960s dealing with art and technology. The show was held at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 25 November 1968 – 9 February 1969. Its curator K.G. Pontus Hultén described it as a “collection of comments on technology by artists of the Western world,” particularly in the modern age when “the mechanical machine – which can most easily be defined as an imitation of our muscles – is losing its dominating position among the tools of mankind; while electronic and chemical devices – which imitate the processes of the brain and the nervous system – are becoming increasingly important.”

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