Contemporary Tendencies 1970-2000

The last thirty years have seen continuous energy in the production of artists’ books in the United States. The period also witnessed the re-emergence of a new generation of European artists, writers and publishers devoted to originality in artists’ books that have maintained a creative parity with American publications. In fact there has been a tremendous cross-fertilisation with American and European artists and writers collaborating on projects. Examples within this exhibition include Jasper Johns and Robert Ryman with Samuel Beckett, Robert Motherwell with Rafael Alberti, Robert Rauschenberg with Alain Robbe-Grillet, and Howard Hodgkin with Susan Sontag. Despite the advances and popularity of the computer, the artists’ book as a seemingly traditional, tactile, time/space experience joining image and text together on paper or other surfaces continues to be a viable art form. It has never been more popular among creative artists. Rather than fearing and avoiding technology, the future makers of artists’ books show promise in utilising new applications in unimaginable ways.

Cane by J. Toomer

Brown leather book with woodcuts on Kitakata paper handmade in Japan.

L'Éléphant Blanc (the White Elephant)

Book with serigraphs of photographic images.

Deauville: La PLage Fleurie, Le New-Golf

Three handcolored lithographs mounted on card.

Le Coeur a Gaz

Book with pochoir illustrations.

The Donkey and The Darling by Terry Southern

Book of 56 lithographs on ivory laid handmade paper embossed LL with "ULAE", watermarked with author and artisits signatures.

The Contemporary Gallery

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