Printed Matter \ Drukwerk by Karel Martens, 3rd ed., 2010. Hyphen Press, London, UK. 6.75 x 9, pp. 208 with English and Dutch text.
The work of Karel Martens occupies an intriguing place in the present European art-and-design landscape. Martens can be placed in the tradition of Dutch modernism – in the line of figures such as Piet Zwart, H.N. Werkman, Willem Sandberg. Yet he maintains some distance from the main developments of our time: from both the practices of routinized modernism and of the facile reactions against this. His work is both personal and experimental. At the same time, it is publicly answerable. See Hyphen Press for a complete table of contents.
Hyphen Press: The first edition of Printed matter was published on the occasion of the award to Karel Martens of the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art: it rapidly sold out and was reprinted. A second edition was published in 2001, with similar success. After that edition had gone out of print, copies became rare commodities. This third edition brings the survey of Martens’s work to 2010 (it thus marks fifty years of practice), and adds an interview with him. We do not intend to reprint or make further editions of the book. For an outline history of the successive printings and editions of this work visit Hyphen Press.
Near fine softcover with mild wear to the stiff folded pictorial wrapper covers. A well preserved copy.