Quincy Book - Carl Andre
First edition. Square 8vo artist book. [48pp] b&w full-bleed images on glossy stock with a laid-in colophon sheet printed on glassine. Andover: Addison Gallery of American Art, 1973.
Some yellowing on the spine, a well preserved copy.
Important artist book from Minimalist sculptor and poet Carl Andre. When tasked to create a catalogue for his solo show at the Addison Gallery of American Art in 1973, Andre refused and instead hired a commercial photographer to document landscapes from his hometown of Quincy, Massachusetts. Taken during the winter, the resulting images of bleak snow-covered tombstones, monuments and industrial wastelands were composed into this artist book. The stark black-and-white photographs focus on the industrial, working-class side of the city--the shipyard, railroad tracks, cranes and granite quarries--as well as on the creeks and dirt roads of its desolate wooded outskirts.
Quincy Book unfolds a sequence of images showing landscapes and the crude elements that compose them, without commentary. This book work is integral to understanding Andre's approach in sculpture. Andre branded himself as a 'post-studio artist', refusing to alter raw industrial materials.