Where artists' books and the book arts meet online...
Time: September 10, 2016 at 10am to October 24, 2016 at 6pm
Location: Printed Matter
Street: 231 11th Avenue
City/Town: New York City, USA
Website or Map: https://www.printedmatter.org…
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: Peter Anderson
Latest Activity: Sep 12, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept 10, 5-7 PM
Printed Matter is pleased to announce Available to Everyone: Robert Jacks and Printed Matter, curated by Peter Anderson.
The exhibition presents two connected bodies of material: a survey of artists’ books by Australian painter, sculptor and bookmaker Robert Jacks (1942-2014), and an extensive selection of publications drawn from Jacks’ own collection, many of which were purchased from Printed Matter in the early years of the organization.
Pieced together with correspondence and other ephemera from the Jacks archive, the material illustrates a long-term working relationship connecting the artist to Printed Matter, and also offers a view of Jacks’ developing artistic practice during a formative period. The exhibition, which spans Printed Matter’s project room and back exhibition wall, is presented on occasion of the organization’s 40th Anniversary.
Robert Jacks began producing artists’ books in the late 1960s around the time he left Melbourne for North America. During this period he shifted from a career primarily focused on abstract painting toward a more idea- and process-based practice. He produced and advocated for books that were cheaply-created in large editions, affordable, and made to be distributed widely – often producing permutative works that sat within the framework of minimalism and conceptualism. Interested in ephemeral modes of production, his small-format publications utilized rubber-stamp and commercial offset printing, basic binding, and other simple methods. He regularly produced stamped cards which were conceived in connection to the mail art movement, and also initiated and contributed to a number of ‘compilation’ publications.
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