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Angel at the gate / Peter Kingston ; introduction by Barry Pearce
Bib ID 7337655
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Kingston, Peter, 1943- artist, printmaker
Description Sydney : Hill End Press, 2017 
16 unnumbered folders : illustrations (some colour), colour portrait ; 36 x 35.5 cm in 40.5 x 40.5 x 3.5 cm wooden box 

Peter Kingston's artist's book of linoprints and etchings (interspersed with brief texts and lively sketches) pays homage to the work of early Renaissance painter Piero della Francesco (especially his Defeat of Chosroes), amongst other fragments collected over three visits to Italy in fifty years. In his Epilogue, Kingston writes, "Piero embraces even the most disturbing narratives of humanity by rationalizing them within his calm, logical intelligence. Thereby he forgives, and allows us to do the same..." In his introduction, Barry Pearce invokes Justin O'Brien and Jeffrey Smart, two other Australian artists who Kingston memorialises, and who share his admiration of Piero's stillness, and writes, "Kingston's interest in a pictorial vernacular quite different from his own is a fascinating phenomenon. For his restless eye, manifesting its discoveries through a beguiling, broken style of spontaneity and distortion, is the product of a personality one doesn't immediately associate with stillness. He is something of a dragonfly-una libellula-capable of being motionless when he so chooses, before suddenly darting unexpectedly here and there with a quivering, flickering line to seize his quarry and add it to his wonderful wunder-kabinett baggage of recollections. And his curiosity is always profoundly respectful."

Full contents
  • Spanish steps (wrapper)
  • Outside the Colosseum (Angel at the gate title page)
  • Introduction: Il Porcellino / Barry Pearce
  • Memory fragment
  • Peril in the Pantheon
  • Justin O'Brien, self portrait, 1941
  • Hungover on the Ponte Sant' Angelo (etching printed in sepia)
  • Up and down the street they go, and talk of Michelangelo (etching)
  • Insomnia
  • Standoff in the Piazza Navona

Limited edition of 11 copies: 5 hors commerce copies reserved for those who worked on the project; 6 copies for sale, signed and dated by the artist.

Artists' book. "Set in Bembo and printed by Nicholas Pounder at the sign of the Polar Bear, using Rising Stonehenge for the folios and texts. Peter Kingston used Iwaki Mulberry for the linoprints and wrapper and Kozo for the lid and base linings. Etchings were printed by Bill Moseley and Genevieve Carroll at the Hill End Press on recently discovered vintage Magnani Velata White Wove."-Colophon.

64 folios which include 10 linocuts chine-collé to inside rectos and 4 etchings laid in, wrappers with linoprint 'Spanish Steps' printed in red with white lines. Wooden box constructed by Ian McLeod.

Library's SR copy is no. 2/6, signed by the artist.

Subjects Kingston, Peter, 1943-  |  Artists' books -- Australia.  |  Etching -- Australia.  |  Linoleum block-printing, Australian.  |  Italy -- Description and travel.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Pounder, Nicholas, printer  |  Moseley, Bill, printmaker  |  Carroll, Genevieve, printmaker  |  Pearce, Barry, writer of introduction  |  Sciberras, Luke, contributor  |  McLeod, Ian, contributor  |  Hill End Press, issuing body


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