Dissatisfied with the large works in steel he had hitherto produced, in this volume (first published by TVRT in 1972) Peter Downsbrough (born 1940) set out the groundwork for what would become a minimal vocabulary, in his sculptures as in his books: the tension between two parallel lines, often coupled with isolated words, divided internally.
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DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. EXCLUSIVE CATALOG: FALL 2015 p. 139
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Published by Hatje Cantz. Edited and with text by Moritz Küng.
A sequel to or continuation of Peter Downsbrough: The Books(s) (an annotated overview of all 85 books published since 1968 by and on the New Jersey–born artist Peter Downsbrough), The Book(s) Addendum provides an update with 15 newly released titles.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Edited by Moritz Küng. Text by Ira G. Wool.
Like his contemporaries Lawrence Weiner, Robert Barry and Sol LeWitt, American Conceptualist Peter Downsbrough (born 1940) combines a fondness for geometric art and typography with the possibilities of the artist's book. Since the late 1960s he has worked across media (video, film and photography), but the artist's book has proved an enduring format, a place in which to incorporate other projects and compose with text, line drawings, maps and photographs. In 1993 the publisher, book collector and curator Guy Schraenen wrote of his work: “One might call it the absolute zero of the book, since it presents itself in the simplest form.” This catalogue provides a comprehensive overview of the 85 artist's books that Downsbrough has published from 1972 to the present, including such classics of Conceptualist book art as And, A Place--New York, Beside, Notes on Location 2 and Two Pipes Fourteen Locations.
Published by Exhibitions International/Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels. Essays by Russell Ferguson, Christian Besson, Marie Thérčse Champesme, and Marjorie Welish.
Peter Downsbrough's work reveals a particular interest in language and the structure of space, in the way things are positioned and allocated. In his photographs, sculptures, maquettes, wall pieces, drawings, films and interventions, he underlines the importance of context, evokes relations, and leaves it to the viewer to choose their position.