AMSTERDAM: KUNSTHISTORISCH INSTITUUT, 1975. First edition. Saddle-stapled 4to in self-wrappers printed in black on thick paper, with two additional smaller blank sheets folded and stapled into the spine overlapping the full-size cover. 16 pp. + 4 pp. Text in Dutch and English.
Catalogue in the form of an artists’ book published on the occasion of the exhibition ‘TAALBEELD — BEELDTAAL,’ which roughly translates to ‘LANGUAGE IMAGE — IMAGE LANGUAGE,’ held at the Kunsthistorisch Instituut in Amsterdam November 14–December 6, 1975. Although uncredited, the catalogue cover is ingeniously designed with two additional smaller folded blank sheets stapled into the spine on top of the printed cover creating a unique layered unfolding and reading experience. Featuring essays, poetry, and artwork by six Dutch visual and concrete poets, including Herman Damen, Pier van Dijk, Robert Joseph, Peter Meijboom, G. J. de Rook, and U. G. Stikker. Includes an introductory essay by fellow artist Frank Gribling, who also contributed to the field, outlining the impact and role of visual and concrete poetry dating back to the fifties. Highlighted is the impact of Herman Damen’s, Hans Clavin’s and G. J. de Rook’s imprints AH, Subvers, and Bloknoot respectively for their contribution and distribution within the field. Also referenced is the exhibition ‘klankteksten ? konkrete poëzie visuele teksten / sound texts ? concrete poetry visual texts / akustische texte ? konkrete poesie visuelle texte,’ held at the Stedelijk Museum four years earlier in 1971. G. J. de Rook is specifically credited with helping to collect and coordinate the material for the exhibition. A discussion evening was also held on Tuesday, November 18 where Michael Gibbs gave a lecture titled ‘Visual Introduction to Visual Poetry.’ The Dutch do it right and we love them for that.
Very good or better with partial darkening and toning along margins, bumps to corners, and wear along margins. Item #958
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