Artist’s Book published in 2017 by the Enciclopèdia Art publishing house, Barcelona, as a tribute by Jaume Plensa (Barcelona, 1955) to the poet Vicent Andrés Estellés.
The book consists of an etching, twenty-three diptychs and six triptychs of craft paper accompanied by six copper transparencies. These six pieces can be assembled on the margin of the book to form a sculptural ensemble of great beauty.
The book is presented in a copper case designed by the artist Jaume Plensa himself.
Copper box: 38.9 x 28.3 x 6.9 cm
Cardboard box lined with black cloth: 38.5 x 28 x 6.4 cm
Etching, 23 diptychs and 6 triptychs: 25.5 x 35 cm each 6 copper transparencies: 22.5 x 32 cm each
Diptychs and triptychs: texts printed with magnesium metallic engraving on 120gr handmade paper, composed of cotton fibers and eucalyptus.
Two editions of this Book of High Bibliophilia Artist were made: the luxury edition consisting of 999 numbered copies. Copper box numbered with the signature of Jaume Plensa engraved with laser. Intaglio etching based on a drawing by Jaume Plensa, on 300gr paper handmade by Molí Paperer de Ca l’Oliver, made with cotton fibers and eucalyptus.
And a more exclusive collector’s edition, limited to just 75 signed and numbered copies. Copper box numbered and hand signed by Jaume Plensa. Intaglio engraving on cotton fiber handmade paper by the Museu Molí Paperer de Capellades, numbered and signed by the artist.
The copy that we offer corresponds to the collector’s edition, numbered and limited to only 75 copies, which quickly sold out as soon as it was published.
With this book, Jaume Plensa pays tribute to the poet Vicent Andrés Estellés and artistically re-read L’Hotel París, a work that deeply influenced him. Estellés- L’Hotel París is a bibliophile’s book, with a limited and numbered print run, consisting of a laser-worked copper case that houses a cardboard case lined with black fabric. It contains 1 engraving, 5 four-color printed illustrations, 22 poems stamped on handmade paper and 6 copper transparencies. The texts are stamped with magnesium metal engravings on 120 g artisan paper, made from virgin cotton and eucalyptus fibers.
On this occasion, Plensa expresses with copper, devising metallic pages where Estellés’s verses are accompanied by serene Plensian images and, intertwined, they convert matter, transparency, word, volume, light …
Jaume Plensa studied at the La Llotja School and at the Sant Jordi Superior of Fine Arts, both in Barcelona. He excelled in sculpture, drawing, and engraving. His work has as its central axis the relationship between man and his environment, often questioning the role of art in society and the position of the artist. He currently resides in Paris, and has recently been awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Plensa began his career working with wrought iron mixed with polyester. Between 1983 and 1984 he began to mold iron with the casting technique, and developed a sculptural concept based on zoomorphic elements. His work evolved gradually, becoming currently considered a precursor of Spanish neo-expressionism. In the nineties he made modifications to his work both in material and form, and began to use various materials such as metal waste, polyester or resins. In these years he developed series of walls, doors and architectural constructions, seeking to give the space an absolute prominence. Between 1999 and 2003 Plensa became one of the pillars of world scenography, reinterpreting together with “La Fura dels Baus” four classic operas by Falla, Debussy, Berlioz and Mozart, and alone a contemporary theatrical montage, “La pareti della solitudine ”, by Ben Jelloun. He has had solo and group exhibitions around the world, including the retrospective held at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in 2000. In June 2008 he inaugurated his work in London, at the BBC headquarters, “ Breathing ”, a monument dedicated to journalists killed in the exercise of their profession. Throughout his career he has received numerous distinctions, such as the Medal of the Knights of Arts and Letters in 1993, awarded by the French Ministry of Culture or the National Prize of Plastic Arts in 1997, from the Generalitat of Catalonia . Considered one of the maximum representatives of the new Spanish art of expressionist tendency, his work is present in the best galleries and national and international art fairs, as well as in the main museums in Europe and the United States, such as the MOMA in New York, the Kemper of Kansas, The Patio Herreriano Museum in Valladolid, the Palazzo Forti in Verona, the MACBA and the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid.
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