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.

Honey is Flowing

Screenprint on translucent yellow PVC plastic.

L'Issue dérobée (Hidden Exit)

Book with 20 illustrations total: engravings front and back; dry-point and aquatint on the front; etching on the back (color) on Arches wove paper.

Le Courtesan grotesque by Adrian de Monluc

Book with 24 color illustrations total: 23 etchings and aquatint on Auvergne Richard-de-Bas paper (double page), and 1 drypoint and aquatint.

Les Pénalités de l'enfer ou les Nouvelles-Hébrides

Book with 38 illustrations total: 25 lithographs (some color) on Arches wove paper, loose in wrappers printed with lithograph (color) on cover.

The Contemporary Gallery

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