The Assemblages by Bill Brandt
First Edition, First Printing, 1993
This is a first edition of “The Assemblages” by Bill Brandt. Published by ARM Kyoto Shoin, Japan in 1993, the book is an unpaginated folio that features over 30 full page color photographs and 26 black and white plates of collages photographed by Bill Brandt. These collages were of “found objects” he collected during his time in the Provence region of Southern France from 1959 onwards. The book has the distinction of being selected as part of the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in the United Kingdom.
The book measures 15” x10” and is an illustrated stiff softcover with an illustrated dust jacket. Both the dust jacket and book are in FINE condition. Stock photographs were used for the listing.
Bill Brandt is widely accepted as England’s greatest photographer of the 20th century. Commenting on “The Assemblages”, Nigel Warburton stated in his article “Bill Brandt’s Pictorialism”, "The three-dimensional assemblages which [he] made in the 1960s and 1970s continued his exploration of the borderland between the internal and the external. Although composed of fragments of reality – starfish, skulls, feathers, driftwood, bark, sea-weed, broken glass, bird wings, shells and rope – they are, paradoxically, the least naturalistic of all his work. The components are no longer simply what they were, but have been made unfamiliar by their arrangement: they have metamorphosed into the limbs and bones of fantastic animals, elements of bizarre dreamscapes, lines and shapes in Miro-esque patterns of hieroglyphics. Some, like the evil sprite created from a dried fish perched in a thicket of driftwood, are figurative. Others, such as the pattern of brittle-stars, have a striking formal beauty. Most resist explanation, though many suggest dream imagery."