Publisher: Portland, Oregon: Nazraeli Press, 2014
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / New
Item #: 110442
First edition, first printing. Limited edition of 350 copies, signed by the artist on a label tipped in to the back cover, and numbered on the colophon page. Hardcover. Silk cloth-covered boards with tipped-in duotone plate on cover; with photographically illustrated dust jacket and silk cloth-covered slipcase with tipped-in duotone plate. 72 pp., with 29 duotone plates. 15 x 12 inches.
New in publisher's packaging.
From the publisher: "London-based artist Idris Khan was born in the UK in 1978. Since completing his Master's Degree with a Distinction in Research at the Royal College of Art in London in 2004, Khan has received international acclaim for his minimal, yet emotionally charged photographs, videos and sculptures and is without question one of the most exciting British artists of his generation. Appropriating icons of literature, music, and art, Khan methodically layers his material, whether it is Beethoven's symphony, Milton's Paradise Lost, or Bernd and Hilla Becher's stylized sculpture of water towers. In speaking about his work, Khan says that 'every layer is an effect that needs to be created... Each layer is a fallible human decision. There is a decision made as to what I want to keep and what has to disappear. This process allows me to cut out the camera completely.' Each layer in the resulting artwork adds complexity similar to a painter's mark on a canvas. Khan's photographs are not 'taken;' they are built. The final composite image has the look and feel of a dense, quivering charcoal drawing. Image | Music | Text presents a selection of Khan's most powerful imagery to date, enjoying the intimacy of a book's presentation while taking full advantage of the series's generous format. The artist's design incorporates three gatefold spreads, each measuring some thirty inches across.
The subject of numerous exhibitions at internations venues, Idris Khan's work is in the permanent collections of many institutions worldwide such as The Saatchi Collection, London; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel; and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France."
From the publisher (about the NZ Library Series): We are excited to announce the NZ Library, a new series of limited edition, highly collectible artist's books. Printed on Japanese art paper using our exclusive 'Daido black' inks, all books in the NZ Library have certain aspects in common: each title is produced using the highest material and production values; each is limited to 350 numbered and signed copies; each is bound in silk cloth and individually slipcased.
The NZ Library will be built six titles at a time, with groupings curated to balance and play off of past, present and future titles in the series. While copies--such as this item--will be available to purchase individually, a generous discount is extended for orders of all six titles in any given set. ($150 per book compared to $250 per book.)
Set 1 highlights work by some of the most creative and influential photographic artists active in Los Angeles during the 1970s; re-presents the long-overdue "wayward piece of the puzzle"-- John Schott's entire "Route 66 Motels" portfolio -- to the available literature relating to the groundbreaking New Topographics exhibition shown in 1975 at the George Eastman House in Rochester; offers new insight into Daido Moriyama's working methodology; and provides an ideal forum for the first international publication on the work of superstar contemporary artist Idris Khan."