Dania Beach, FL: Claire Jeanine Satin, 2021. One of three copies. An important artists' book from Claire Jeanine Satin, a well known book artist, sculptor and designer of public art installations. Satin's work has been extensively exhibited and collected in the United States and in Europe, including at The Library of Congress, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Getty (CA), MOMA, The Victoria and Albert Museum, and the National Institute of Design (India). She has created more than 500 bookworks to date. She is known especially for her conceptual works influenced by the ideas of composer/visual artist John Cage, and the conversion of ordinary industrial materials into environmental constructions and book works of layered transparent mass. This work from Claire beautifully exemplifies this conceptual approach to creating her books. The KCALB BOOK is both intricate in its structure and compelling in its message about racial strife and justice. The book is comprised of five words taken from the word Black. The words are: Killing Corrupt Assault Lynch Brutal, and each chosen word is placed vertically and backward in the book and printed in black in various fonts on acetate pages. The words can be viewed individually or simultaneously as they may occur in real life. The clear acetate pages have applied red acetate pieces that are shaped like petals and refer to the blood spilled on the Pettus Bridge during the original demonstration led by the late civil rights leader John Lewis in 1965. The red "petals" also reference the tears shed when John Lewis’s body was carried over the bridge by a carriage during his funeral in 2020. Claire's book is both an homage to John Lewis and a stark reminder of how much more needs to be done to achieve civil rights and equality for all. The book includes jet beads and monofilaments that are two of Claire's signature designs in her work. She has signed and dated a small acetate tag attached to one of the monofilaments. In fine condition. Measures 8.5 x 12 inches. Held in a black gauze drawstring bag. ARTISTSB/102821.
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Philadelphia: Thomas Parker Williams, 2019. A unique artist's book from noted book artist Thomas Parker Williams signed and dated by him. Williams began creating artists' books in 1998 while also painting. As of 2009 he has limited his art practice exclusively to artists' books. He often creates videos and composes music to accompany his books that may be found on his website (www.thomasparkerwilliams.com). Books by Williams or the Luminice Press imprint under which he and his wife Mary Agnes Williams issue books, may be found in over 70 public collections around the country including the Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Paradise Lost is a compelling wordless narrative accompanied by original music that explores variations of loss in America, over time and in the present. Williams describes the meaning of his book in a passionate statement: "Starting with the forests where native peoples lived before Columbus, the book follows slavery as Africans are captured and forced to work on plantations owned by wealthy white men. Although many landowners lost their way of life after the Civil War, the anonymous power figures did not die, and continue to crush black, brown and white workers and families who are expendable. Finally, as we confront the reality of climate change, even the Earth itself is expendable. In the past four years America has further revealed its dark side. Blatant racism against black, brown and Asian citizens has become almost normal. However most of the perpetrators of these acts fail to realize that they are just pawns of the real power figures who care nothing for them and will throw them away when they are no longer needed....If America, or for that matter the rest of the world, ever wants to find 'paradise' again, we must realize that resources will have to be shared and all people will have to be respected. Otherwise, our lives will be enmeshed in constant conflict that will benefit no one except the anonymous power figures." The book is held in a custom hinged wood container with the title on a copper plate affixed to the cover. It measures 8.25 x 15.5 x 2 inches. There are 20 original black and white ink drawings that trace the history of the enslavement and misery imposed on indigenous peoples since their paradise was discovered centuries ago. There are mysterious figures on several of the drawings that represent the anonymous power figures. The drawings are done on 20 sheets of Twinrocker Da Vici Heavy Text handmade paper. The book is accordion bound, with each sheet measuring 7 x 14.75 inches that extend to 295 inches when the sheets are unfurled. There are two discs in envelopes affixed to a black paper cover: a DVD of the book's video and music made by the artist to accompany the book, as well as a CD of the music only. This original music was composed, performed and recorded by the artist. Housed in a custom clamshell gray cloth box. In fine condition. ARTB/051623. Fine.
Philadelphia: Thomas Parker Williams, 2023. Hardcover. Thomas Parker Williams lives and works in Philadelphia, PA, USA. His work includes handmade artist book editions, unique book works, printmaking, and painting. Some of his artist book editions contain an audio element – music or sound work – composed, performed, and recorded by the artist. Tom's artist books are in numerous private and public collections. This is a unique book signed by the artist in which he addresses the continuing issues in the United States surrounding race, terrorism, and insurrection. As he writes on his website: "From the antebellum South through the Klan, Jim Crow, police terrorism and violent insurrection, the hatred continues. Descendants is an artist book about America's past and present." In this powerful, wordless work, Tom traces this history with a series of acrylic ink and wash original drawings done in shades of brown, cream and white. There are six double sided panels on Strathmore acrylic paper, with each panel's drawing presenting an image representing a period of our sad history from the antebellum South and slavery, through the Civil War, the rise and terrorist activities of the Ku Klux Klan, and modern protests. This is an accordion bound book that measures 9 x 12 inches closed and opens to 72 inches. The dark orange cover is made with dry pigments in polyurethane and acrylic ink. The drawing with the United States and confederate flags is from a photograph by the artist. On his website, www.thomasparkerwilliams.com, there is a video of the book accompanied by the original music written by Tom for the book. The book is housed in a white wood and thin plywood case with a pinhole photograph by Mary Agnes Williams of an antebellum building. The case measures 13.5 x 10 x 1.25 inches. It in turn is housed in a white stiff paper folder. In fine condition. ARTB/051523. Fine.