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15AbouttheArtistAnativeofChicagoFranklinBuzzSpectorreceivedabachelorsdegreeinartfromSouthernIllinoisUniversityatCarbondalein1972andamasteroffineartsdegreefromtheCommitteeofArtandDesignattheUniversityofChicagoin1978combiningstudiesinartandphilosophy.SpectorsworkhasbeenshowninnumerousmuseumsandgalleriesamongthemtheArtInstituteofChicagotheLosAngelesCountyMuseumofArttheMuseumofContemporaryArtChicagotheCorcoranGalleryofArtinWashingtonD.C.theMattressFactoryinPittsburghPAandtheLuigiPecciCenterforContemporaryArtinPratoItaly.TherecipientofseveralawardsandfellowshipsSpectorwashonoredwithanArtistsFellowshipfromtheNewYorkFoundationfortheArts2005aLouisComfortTiffanyFoundationAward1991aVisualArtistsFellowshipfromtheIllinoisArtsCouncil1988andthreefellowshipawardsfromtheNationalEndowmentfortheArts19911985and1982.Spectorwasaco-founderofWhiteWallsamagazineofwritingsbyartistsinChicagoin1978andservedasthepublicationseditoruntil1987.SincethenhehaswrittenextensivelyontopicsincontemporaryartandcultureandhascontributedreviewsandessaystoanumberofpublicationsincludingAmericanCraftArtforumArtIssuesArtonPaperExposureandNewArtExaminer.SpectorisdeanoftheCollegeandGraduateSchoolofArtandtheJaneReuterHitzemanandHerbertF.HitzemanJr.ProfessorofArtfortheSamFoxSchoolofDesignVisualArtsatWashingtonUniversityinSt.LouisMissouri.AbouttheArtistsWorkAninternationallyrecognizedartistandcriticalwriterBuzzSpectorworksinawiderangeofmediumsincludingsculptureinstallationphotographyprintmakingandbookarts.Hisworkmakesfrequentuseofthebookbothassubjectandasobjectandconcernstherelationshipsbetweenpublichistoryindividualmemoryandperception.Spectorhasmeticulouslytorncutandpaintedthepagesofhundredsofbookstocreatecascadingimageswithintheirbindingstheintentisnottodestroybuttotransformbooksandlanguage.InadditiontoalteringbooksinthenameofartSpectorhasproducedafewofhisownsincethemid-1970s.Buzzwordspublishedin2012byChicago-basedSaraRanchousePublishingfeaturessixinterviewsspanningnearly30yearsandshowcaseshisideasaboutartbookslibrariesandhisownhistoryofreading.OthertitlesincludeTimeSquarealimited-editionletterpressbookpublishedin2007byPyracanthaPresswhosetextistakenfromasequenceofGooglesearchesonthenatureoftime.BuzzSpectorWalterGropiusMasterArtistSeriesPresentsBuzzSpectorDetailfromTheLibraryofBabel2012.InstallationoffoundbooksattheGrunwaldGalleryofArtIndianaUniversityBloomington.ReconstructedafteranoriginalinstallationattheArtInstituteofChicagoin1988.Dimensions3634x35412x1312.Imagecourtesyoftheartist.ExhibitionSeptember7-November102013PublicPresentation7p.m.September262013WorkshopTheBookunderDe-constructiontakesplace9a.m.to4p.m.September27-292013