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Groot Abecedarium. (With an introduction by Prof. G. W. Ovink).
Bemmel/ Nijmegen, Harry van Kuyk, 1973. Three cloth clamshell boxes in a wooden chest (all made by Van der Heijden Bindery, 71 x 54 x 10.5 cm), with an inlaid bronze plaque by Oscar Goedhart. The boxes contain 26 uninked relief prints and five serigraphs, all numbered and signed by the artist, plus a title page, six text pages ('Van voren af aan', a prelude to the Grand Abecedarium by Prof. G.W. Ovink) and a colophon page. Printed in 60 numbered copies.* Huge project of graphic artist Harry van Kuyk, that took three years of his life. This Abecedarium consists of the 26 letters of the alphabet, artistically translated into relief prints on very heavy paper, manufactured by the artist in his own studio on his embossing press called 'Aldus Manutius'. Printed without ink, in their play of light and shadow the compositions are being seen to best advantage. In the folder with the introduction by Ovink are five serigraphs, counterparts of five different letters. Paul van Capelleveen, curator of the National Library of the Netherlands, writes on his blog that artist and printer Harry van Kuyk (1929-2008) from the 1970s managed to draw - even international - attention for his unusual embossing compositions. To be able to manufacture them, he had a heavy press built that could get relief from several centimeters in a picture, both positive and negative: high and low, often combined in a single print. Van Kuyk's publications are at the cutting edge of the artist's book, private printing and graphic art. In libraries, his work is barely represented, but in museums all the more. More Harry van Kuyk in stock!.
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