PENDLETON, Adam. Anthology.New York. Zucker Art Books. 2018.Folio. (498 x 380 mm). [100 unnumbered doubled leaves]. Illustrated throughout in monochrome with silkscreen compositions of text and image recto and verso on Japanese Shoji paper; sheet size: Stitched as issued in original publisher's canvas boards with the unique cover by Pendleton with silkscreen text: 'WHAT / A DAY / WAS T[HIS]' over monochrome checkerboard pattern, white Shoji paper endpapers, housed in black cloth box with title to front cover in blind and justification to interior of box, black card slipcase. Adam Pendleton's unique artist book of 'Black Dada', 'Anthology'.
From the edition limited to 24 copies on Japanese Shoji paper, each with a unique cover, signed and numbered by the artist in pencil to the rear pastedown; 10 artist proof copies were also issued.
'Anthology is a new artist’s book by Adam Pendleton featuring 200 compositions and a unique cover. Isolated photographs and fragments photocopied from the pages of books in the artist’s personal library are layered with marks, dashes, patterns, shapes, and handwriting that frequently verges on abstraction. Each composition is unique, but many elements iterate and recombine throughout the series: masks, ceramics, phrases (“WHAT A DAY WAS THIS”; “IF THE FUNCTION”), and historical images related to the visual culture of decolonization. The compositions are directly related to Pendleton’s ongoing series of works on Mylar, and the book translates and indexes these source collages, which are usually printed on transparent film; in Anthology they have been silkscreened onto delicate Japanese Shoji paper ... Reflecting the combinatorial nature of the compositions, each book has a unique canvas fabric cover with a black-and-white pattern, screen printed with one of four handwritten texts. For this large volume, Pendleton collates the works in chronological sequence and encourages readers to track these recurring components as they phase in and out across the book’s 200 pages.' (From the publisher's prospectus).
'Adam Pendleton (b. 1984, Richmond, Virginia) is a New York–based artist whose work is animated by what the artist calls “Black Dada,” a critical articulation of blackness, abstraction, and the avant-garde. Drawing from an archive of language and images, Pendleton makes conceptually rigorous and formally inventive paintings, collages, videos, and installations that insert his work into broader conversations about history and contemporary culture. Pendleton’s work is found in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.' (From the publisher's prospectus).
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