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Roni Horn: Arctic Circles (Ísland (Iceland): To Place 7) [SIGNED]

Publisher: Denver, Colorado: Ginny Williams, Publisher, 1998
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 1880146215
Condition: Near Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 113530



First edition, first and only printing. Signed in graphite on the half-title page by Horn. Hardcover. Black linen cloth with blind-stamped title, no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Roni Horn, taken between 1993 and 1997. 136 pp., with numerous four-color and black and white plates, beautifully printed on heavy fine matte art paper by Steidl, Göttingen, Germany. 10-1/2 x 8-3/8 inches. This first edition was limited to 1650 hardbound copies. Out of print. Very scarce.

[Cited in Andrew Roth, ed., The Open Book. (Göteborg, Sweden: Hasselblad Center in association with Steidl Verlag, Göttingen, Germany, 2004), and in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume II. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2006).]

Out of print. Very scarce.


Near Fine (1/4-inch bump to rear lower corner not affecting the text block, else As New).


Photographs gathered around a reading of the Northern Horizon as a collection of cyclical and circular events. This is the seventh volume in the series of the work, To Place. To Place is an ongoing series of publications. Each volume is a unique dialogue addressing the relationship between identity and place. The books take as their starting point Iceland and the evolving experiences of the artist in this country.

From Roni Horn (in a 1995 interview with Claudia Spinelli): "The entrance to all my work is the idea of an encyclopedia of identity. It is best represented by the books, the series called To Place, which is extremely important to me. I have been working on this since 1988. It's really the heart. It is a series of books, each one of which adds to the whole in a way that alters the identity of it retroactively. So the first volume appears to be a book of drawings. The second book was about a completely different subject but in the same format. With the third volume people start to realize something: 'Well, this looks like a series, so there must be some relationship. But I haven't a clue as to what it is.' Then there was the fourth volume, with texts and photographs. The books are this very slow process of accumulation in the period of a life, my life."