Publisher: New York: Mary Boone Gallery, 1991
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: As New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 113748
First edition, first and only printing. Signed in pencil on the half-title page by Horn. Hardcover. Black linen cloth with blind-stamped title, no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Roni Horn. Designed by Roni Horn with Anthony McCall Associates. 72 pp., with 36 four-color plates printed on heavy matte art paper. 10-1/2 x 8-3/8 inches. This first edition was limited to 700 copies. [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).]
Each volume of Ísland: To Place 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."