20 March 2017
Books received #25
Toujours la même histoire, Make it Now!, Jochen Gerner, Sleeping Beauties and Peter Green
Here are a few books that caught our attention in recent weeks.
Jean Segui and Élodie Boyer’s Toujours la même histoire: Bon voyage au Havre is a book that brings together three versions of the same story, each aimed at a different age-range: Mon pigeon / My pigeon, a beautifully illustrated simple story for small children (in French and English); À prendre ou à donner, a more complex version with minimal illustration for a middle-grade / young adult reader and Petite mort dans l’âme, an adult version that is longue et tourmentée (long and tormented).
Spreads and cover from Jean Segui and Élodie Boyer’s Toujours la meme histoire (Editions Non Standard, €28), with i Illustrations by Josephin Ritschel .
Anthony Burrill’s Make It Now! tells the story of his early life and career dotted with guidance and advice such as ‘Find the extraordinary in the ordinary’ and ‘Don’t follow rules’.
Anthony Burrill, Make it Now!, Penguin Books, £18.99.
This elegantly designed Jochen Gerner monograph, with texts by Christophe Gallois & Tom McCarthy, shows the artist’s research and his reflection on the relationships between text and image, illustration and bande dessinée.
Jochen Gerner (B42, €26) with essay by Christophe Gallois and conversation between Jochen Gerner and Tom McCarthy. Designed by deValence.
The Sleeping Beauties: The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2015 catalogues are published in four different language editions – English, French, German and Spanish – and adopt a spineless book as their narrator, who relays the views of the competition’s five jurors of the eighteen selected winning books. These include Austin Lee’s Spheres, Kaj Lehmann and Angela Meier’s Im Hölloch: Erforschung einer verborgenen Welt and Diccon Bewes’s Mit 80 Karten durch die Schweiz: Eine Zeitreise.
Sleeping Beauties: The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2015 , edited and coordinated by Anisha Imhasly. Main text and editing by Tan Wäichli . Art direction and design by Mathias Clottu (London / Lausanne) with assistance from Chloé Pannatier (Zürich). Federal Office of Culture, Anisha Imhasly, Bern, £24.
Nathaniel Hepburn’s Peter Green: The Workmanship of Uncertainty (Random Spectacular, £22.95) plots the career of artist / printmaker Peter Green, from his early forays into printmaking while enrolling in an art course at a technical college in Tunbridge Wells to his National Diploma in Design. (Green did his National Service in the Army Printing Unit rather than on a ship heading for Malaysia.) Green’s work is handsomely reproduced and shows his stylistic shift towards abstraction. There will be more about ‘workmanship’ in a forthcoming issue of Eye.
Peter Green: The Workmanship of Uncertainty by Nathaniel Hepburn, St Judes, £22.95.
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