Being in South Kensington, I thought I should call in on the small, but excellent exhibition, Landscape and Language, in the cases outside the National Art Library, about the way landscape, exploration, and topography have been reflected in, and inspired, artists’ books.
It begins with an early work by Richard Long – A Day’s Walk Past the Standing Stones of Penwith Peninsula, produced by the Coracle Press for Anthony d’Offay in 1990:-
Hamish Fulton was the other pioneer of the genre, with Twilight Horizons (1983) also produced by Coracle Press:-
Ian Hamilton Finlay had already collaborated with Simon Cutts who ran Coracle Press in a tiny book, Straks, published by Finlay in 1973:-
I liked the little self-published book by Stephen Willats documenting a walk in Roydon:-
Then, in a case all by itself, is Romilly Saumarez Smith, Newfoundland, a book of such refined photography (Verdi Yahooda), typography (Nicola Barnacle and Dan Edwards), layout and design, including anagrams by Gavin de Fiddli and M.M. Hamar Ritz that I am pleased to see it in such company:-