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20TH CENTURY MOVEMENTS

PUBLISHER
Verge Center for the Arts

BOOK FORMAT
Slip, 2 vols, pbk, 6 x 8.75 in. / 144 pgs / 16 color / 18 bw.

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Catalog: FALL 2019 p. 137   

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ISBN 9780578446929 FLAT40
List Price: $35.00 CDN $39.95 GBP £30.00

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Sacramento, CA
Verge Center for the Arts, 09/12/19–10/27/19

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Slant Step Book

The Mysterious Object and the Artworks It Inspired

Edited by Phil Weidman, Francesca Wilmott. Preface by Phil Weidman. Introduction by Francesca Wilmott. Foreword by Liv Moe.

Slant Step Book

A two-volume publication on the mysterious object that inspired poetry, art and unlikely artistic collaborations

For nearly five decades a peculiar wooden object called the “Slant Step” was exchanged between artists from coast to coast, developing a cultlike following and inspiring poetry, art and unlikely collaborations. Artist William T. Wiley first came upon the original object at a salvage store in Northern California in 1965. Covered in worn green linoleum, it looked like a footstool; however, its sharp slanted riser mystified Wiley and Bruce Nauman, his student at the University of California, Davis. Wiley purchased the found object and gifted it to Nauman, who maintained possession over it until Richard Serra absconded with it from San Francisco to New York. In 1969, Sacramento artist Phil Weidman surveyed the first years of the “Slant Step” in an artist’s book that featured contributions by Nauman, Wiley, William Allan, Richard C., Jack Edwards, Jack Fulton, Ray Johnson, Steve Jongeward, Stephen Kaltenbach, Robert Leach, Jack Ogden, Frank Owen, Ron Peetz, Lawrence Dean Phillips, Peter Saul, Dorothy Wiley and William Witherup.

On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, Weidman’s influential Slant Step Book is again available in a two-volume set. This long-overdue republication features a facsimile of the 1969 artist’s book and a companion catalog with new essays and visual responses by contemporary writers and artists such as Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, Dan Nadel, Jacob Stewart-Halevy, Terry Berlier, Gordon Hall, Corin Hewitt, Aay Preston-Myint, Jessi Reaves, Mungo Thomson and Angela Willetts.


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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/9/2019

Artist book lovers, rejoice! 'Slant Step Book' facsimile is a new release this week!

Artist book lovers, rejoice! 'Slant Step Book' facsimile is a new release this week!

“I first saw the Slant Step in Bruce Nauman’s studio on the University of California, Davis campus, in 1965,” Phil Weidman wrote in his 1969 artist’s book Slant Step Book, a 36-page booklet documenting this mysterious, homely riser’s trajectory from artist to artist, studio to studio, and into mythology. “Didn’t know what it was. Nauman wasn’t there, so I asked Pete Gadberry, who shared the studio, about it. He said it was just a slanted step. I asked him what it was for. He didn’t know. I was mystified. Couldn’t get it out of my head.” Neither could anybody else, and so generations of slant-step-inspired artworks, films and poems have been created, inspired by the original—which was, in fact, gifted from a salvage shop to Nauman by the artist William T. Wiley. Ray Johnson’s “Duck Slant Step Pets” (1969) is one such work, reproduced from the second volume in this new edition, which pairs a facsimile of Weidman’s book with a selection of artworks that this mysterious object inspired. continue to blog


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