15/09 - 05/11/2017 “Artists' Publications: The Belgian Contribution” by Johan Pas
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15/09 - 05/11/2017

This book, the first about the topic, describes in detail how artists in Belgium have been using the book and the magazine for their artistic practice. The important role of Belgian art publishers and publishers-galerists is highlighted as well.

Johan Pas begins hist story with the avant-gardes at the end of the 19th century and sketches out the developments until today. Movements such as Constructivism, Surrealism, Cobra, Pop art, Conceptual art and more recent tendendencies are discussed through their printed output.

Artists being presented, are, among others, Henry van de Velde, René Magritte, Pol Bury, Marcel Broodthaers, ELT Mesens, Christian Dotremont, Paul De Vree, Jacques Charlier, Jef Geys, Leo Copers, Panamarenko, Bernard Villers, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Ana Torfs and Ria Pacquée.

The book is the result from a research project conducted at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp in collaboration with the Antwerp University.
All the publications were photographed especially for this book while the graphic design is by Studio Luc Derycke (Ghent). The richly illustrated book is published by Koenig Books (London).

The book launch is to take place on September 15th, 5 pm at Maurice Verbaet Art Center in Antwerp and is accompanied by an exhibition of fifty artists' books (until October 15th.) On November 4th, 3pm, the Bozar hosts a conversation about the book between the author and the graphic designer and researcher Sara De Bondt.

Johan Pas is an art historian, a writer and a curator. He lectures at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (AP University College). He is the founder of CRAP! (Collection for Research on Artists' Publications).


Artists' Publications: The Belgian Contribution by Johan Pas
with prefaces by Geert Lernout and Anne-Thurmann-Jajes
Koenig Books, London
308 pages, 670 illustrations, hardcover
1000 copies
39,80 euro