The Miraculous


The first single-author book to be published by Paper Monument, Raphael Rubinstein's The Miraculous presents the artistic avant-gardes of the last five decades as a tapestry of incidents as fascinating and unlikely as any collection of myths or legends. Thinking more of Kafka’s Parables than Vasari’s Lives of the Artists, Rubinstein composes a series of micro-narratives celebrating the mystery and ingeniousness of these human activities which, for lack of a better term, we call “contemporary art.” Featuring writing on fifty artists, including as Joseph Beuys, Yoko Ono, Marina Abramovic, Lee Lozano, Tseng Kwong Chi, Cindy Sherman, David Hammons, and R.H. Quaytman.

Praise for The Miraculous:

Entirely divorced from the idea of a specific creator, the works take on the icy detachment of a Lydia Davis story, a floating concept with no clear context. Distilled to only an idea, the pieces bask in their more intriguing narratives and separate themselves from the heavy baggage of authorship and intention.” —Michael Miller, ARTnews 

The Miraculous by Raphael Rubinstein
72 Pages, 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 in., perfect-bound
ISBN 978-0-9797575-7-0
Edited by Paper Monument
Designed by Project Projects
Release date: 9/25/14

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