The newspaper clipping

A modern paper object

By Anke Heesen

Translated by Lori Lantz and Dr Lori Lantz

The newspaper clipping

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8702-8
  • Pages: 296
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: January 2014
  • BIC Category: DESIGN / Graphic Arts / General, ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945), Printing, Packaging & Reprographic Industry, The arts / History of art / art & design styles, Art History, Modernism, History of art
  • Series: Rethinking Art's Histories


Looking at the newspaper clipping from 1870 to 1930 in art and science, this study examines knowledge production and its visual and material background, combining the perspectives of media history with art history and the history of science.

It traces the biography of a newspaper clipping in different fields, ranging from highly sophisticated ordering systems in the sciences, to bureaucratic archives, to their appearance in the collages of the Dadaists. Te Heesen emphasises the materiality of paper and analyses the practices connected with it, placing them and their instruments and tools within a theoretical framework. This history also sheds light on the handling of information, information overload and the generation of knowledge, drawing parallels with the internet. Te Heesen offers a counterpoint to existing works on the iconographic meaning of materials by opening up an interdisciplinary framework through the use of different case studies.


Paper objects
1. The materiality of excerpts and quotations: writing on, cutting, and pasting paper
2. The modern object: multiplicity, movement, reproduction
3. The newspaper and the emergence of the newspaper clipping
4. Newspapers, scholarship, and clippings
5. Einstein in paper: physicist Ernst Gehrcke's clipping collection
6. Flour as paste: The newspaper fragment in the work of Kurt Schwitters
7. Order in paper: The newspaper clipping collection at the Hamburg World Economy Archive
8. The newspaper clipping and modernity


Anke te Heesen is Professor of History of Science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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