Many illus. 131,  p. Small 4to, orig. semi-stiff pictorial covers, title on spine, perfect-bound. London: British Council, 1975.
The uncommon catalogue for this important exhibition hosted by the British Council, with the essays printed in parallel English and German text. Somewhat overshadowed by the exhibition Artists’ Books of a year later, this show consisted of an impressive presented 120 bookworks and reference books. As is explained on pp. 18-23 (and shown by several illustrations of the exhibition space), each book was displayed on a book shelf and could be handled by visitors. “Art works” were denoted with red stickers and “reference works” with black ones. Considering the unprecedented accessibility of the show, this catalogue explicitly asks that books be returned to their slots on the shelves.
This was an early and significant exhibition of artists’ books (or bookworks) and periodicals. It features fascinating essays by early scholars and proponents of the genre, including Clive Phillpot, Lynda Morris, David Mayor, and Attwood. The display included works by Mark Boyle, Burgin, Helen Douglas, Ehrenberg, Finlay, Hamish Fulton, Gilbert & George, Richard Hamilton, Gerard Hemsworth, David Lamelas, Long, Mayor, Tom Phillips, Paolozzi, Telfer Stokes, Willats, etc. The present catalogue is a very useful reference for understanding the early reception of artists’ books.
❧ A. Desjardin, The Book on Books on Artists Books (2nd ed.: 2013) 5.
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