Item #5942 Boiling Coffee. Richard Nonas.
Boiling Coffee
Boiling Coffee
Boiling Coffee
Boiling Coffee

Boiling Coffee

New York: Tanam Press, 1980. 1st Edition. Small oblong quarto, publisher's stiff illustrated paper wraps, brown endpapers.

First edition of an artist’s book by Post-Minimalist sculptor Richard Nonas. Originally trained as an anthropologist, Nonas began experimenting with sculpture after returning to New York from fieldwork expeditions among Native American populations. While walking his dogs, Nonas began to pick up pieces of wood which he eventually began intuitively placing together. He went on to experiment with a variety of materials, including timber, granite, and steel, creating "talismanic objects" that were heavily influenced by his ethnographic work. This "visual and textual poem," published by Reese Williams’s short-lived yet influential Tanam Press, merges text and image in the form of Nonas’s fragmented photos, handwritten notes, collages, and prints. Profusely illustrated in black-and-white. Laid in are a clipping from Brooklyn Rail on his posthumous exhibition "As Light Through Fog" (2022) and a printout of an essay by Nonas expounding on sculpture and language, likely written to accompany one of his pieces, signed on the last page. Some creasing and rubbing to wraps. Very good. Item #5942

$125.00

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