Anthology

Anthology
2018
Hand sewn book, each with a unique canvas cover
200 screen printed pages on Japanese Shoji paper
Edition of 24 with 10 APs
Signed, numbered, and dated on inside back cover
Dimensions: 18.25 × 14 × 2.5 inches, 46.3 × 34.5 × 6.3 cm
Published by Zucker Art Books, NY

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. Pendleton has collated the works in this large volume in chronological sequence, encouraging readers to track the recurring components of the series as they phase in and out across the book’s 200 pages.