Imschoot; Gent; 1988 34 x 24,4 cm, 16 p. unpaginated, staple bound; poster 67,4 x 47,2 cm folded twice as edited. Mint condition due to the accompanying publisher’s protective folder. Rare.
This unusually large-format book was printed in a private, limited edition, as one of a series called 50/50, on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Belgian printshop Drukkerij Joz. Imschoot in Ghent. The pages are alternately white or rust. The book contains six black-and-white photographs of the demolition of the Meiresonne brewery in Ghent. Each photograph is printed on a white page, except for the cover photograph, which is part of a more complex page layout. Inserted in the publication is a folded poster with the word ‘after’ printed on it both in Helvetica and Times Roman. It is also the first publication in which Downsbrough used a drawing of a square as an explicit repetitive element. Ref.1 p. 113
- Peter Downsbrough (New Brunswick, New Jersy 1940) Lives and works in Brussels. He belongs to that first generation of artists-including colleagues such as Robert Barry, Sol LeWitt, and Lawrence Weiner in New York and John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, and Allan Ruppersberg from California- who use the book as a means for presenting their work. Ref.1 p.9