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Marginalia | Multiples, ephemera, and artist's books

8 September 2015 until 23 September 2015
Centrespace, Visual Research Centre, DJCAD

abcD | Artists’ Book Collection Dundee

Multiples, ephemera, and artist’s books
Carl Andre, John Cage, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Marcel Duchamp, Valie Export, Art & Language, Bruce Nauman, Dieter Roth, Carolee Schneemann, Gerry Schum, Andy Warhol, Robert Watts

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An exhibition of new acquisitions alongside cogent annotations recently selected from indexbooks, the collection of esteemed film-maker, writer and theorist Peter Gidal for artists book collection Dundee at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.
The selection of multiples, ephemera, and artist’s books includes titles from artists Carl Andre, John Cage, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Marcel Duchamp, Valie Export, Art & Language, Bruce Nauman, Dieter Roth, Carolee Schneemann, Gerry Schum, Andy Warhol and Robert Watts.

Peter Gidal is a renowned film-maker, theorist and writer based in London UK. As a film-maker he has had retrospectives at Centre Pompidou, Paris, ICA in London, London Filmmaker’s Cooperative (LUX) and the Royal Belgian Film Archive. Gidal taught at the Royal College of Art in London between 1971-83 and has contributed to numerous publications. Gidal began his collection in 1971 with Samuel Beckett’s first published book Proust (Dolphin Books, 1931) bought from Blackwells Books in Oxford for £12, the equivalent of two week’s of Gidal’s rent in his flat in London. indexbooks (launched 1993) includes coveted editions of 20th Century Literature, art, avant-garde film, limited editions, and multiples and is currently presenting an exhibition of the collection at the Ljubiana Print Exhibition.

Accompanying the exhibition Marginalia at Centrespace will be selected annotations from Gidal revealing the histories of each artist’s book or multiple.

abcD is a space dedicated solely to Artists’ Books, the first combined archive and exhibitions space of its kind in the United Kingdom. The Centre was established by distinguished publisher and artist Alec Finlay in 1999 and holds a collection of over 1,500 Artists’ Books and multiples created by both international artists and artists based in Scotland. An acquisition scheme enables new items to be added to the collection regularly. One of the main aims of CAB is to publish its own titles, the first being Selected Walks by Richard Long and most recently, TENT by Paul Noble.

Between 1999-2002 the exhibition programme at CAB was curated by Alec Finlay. Since 2011, Exhibitions (Cooper Gallery) at DJCAD has led on an exiting programme that aims to explore this unique art form through cross-disciplinary approaches and to broaden the exposure and accessibility of Artists’ Books.

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abcD is the artists’ book collection at University of Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and is cared for by Museum Services as part of the University of Dundee Museum Collections.

artists’ book collection Dundee is based in the Visual Research Centre, DJCAD and is located on the lower floors of Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, Dundee.