Ann Hamilton: tropos, 1993
Publisher: New York: Dia Center for the Arts, 1995
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 101942
First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine rust, red, and magenta cloth-covered boards with title stamped in blue on both covers and spine, no dust jacket as issued. Installation by Ann Hamilton. Preface by Michael Govan. Essays by Lynne Cooke, Marina Warner, Bruce Ferguson, and Dave Hickey. Includes exhibition history. Designed by Lisa Naftolin, Alison Hahn, and Nigel Smith Design. 152 pp., with 20 four-color plates (12 of which are printed as two-page spreads, plus 6 two-page facing gatefolds printed full-bleed across four pages) and 17 black and white plates; beautifully printed by the Stinehour Press on Mohawk Superfine matte art paper. 10-1/4 x 7-1/4 inches.
This book documents Hamilton's installation "tropos" at The Dia Center for the Arts (Chelsea), October 7, 1993 to June 19, 1994. From the essay by Lynne Cooke: "Entering 'tropos,' the viewer traverses a floor covered with a vast pelt of animal hair. Stitched together in slowly undulating, often interrupted, swirls this epic 'hide' starts to resemble an endlessly surging ground, an oceanic topography. Floating on its swelling eddies is a small metal table and stool where a seated figure meticulously erases the text of an old book. In singeing the printed letters, he or she causes coils of smoke, languorous silhouettes in the muted light, to waft upwards then slowly dissolve."