Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Herman de Vries | Random Shapes

Herman de Vries
Random Shapes
Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Stedelijk Museum, 1975
27.5 x 20.8 cm.
Edition of 2200

A folded card folio containing 10 loose leaf cardboard pieces, random in shape. The publication was produced to accompany an exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum that ran between February 7th and April 6th, 1975. For much of this decade the museum produced artist books in lieu of catalogues, or artist book/catalogue hybrids. The folio also includes a folded sheet of A4 paper with biographic information about the artist, and another with information about the exhibition, including the 61 pieces in the show. Both are in both Dutch and English.

I can't track down where I learned of the edition size, which seems high. The work would have been cheap to produce, but I'm can't imagine that high a demand, at the time.

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