Four Corners Familiars
Our series Four Corners Familiars features artists’ responses to classic novels and short stories. They provide a fresh look at the tradition of the illustrated novel, with each artist choosing a text to be reprinted in full alongside their newly created work.
Each book is different in style and format, according to the needs of the artwork and the text. Seven titles have now been completed, with more being prepared. The Familiars series was nominated for the Brit Insurance Design Awards 2011. The series designer is John Morgan.
1 The Picture of Dorian Gray
Words by Oscar Wilde, art by Gareth Jones
Words by Bram Stoker, art by James Pyman
3 Blumfeld, An Elderly Bachelor
Words by Franz Kafka, art by David Musgrave
4 Nau Sea Sea Sick
Sea stories with images by Kay Rosen
5 A Stick Of Green Candy
Stories by Jane Bowles & Denton Welch, art by Colter Jacobsen
6 Vanity Fair
By William Makepeace Thackeray, images by Donald Urquhart
7 The Prisoner of Zenda
By Anthony Hope, illustrated by Mireille Fauchon
8 Madame Bovary
By Gustave Flaubert, art by Marc Camille Chaimowicz
Now in shops is book number 8 in our Familiars series: Madame Bovary. Flaubert’s great novel is lavishly illustrated with over 250 images created for this volume by Marc Camille Chaimowicz. As with all books in the series, the text of the novel is included complete, set in a new typeface, specially comissioned for this edition, based on fonts in use in France in the 1800s.
The book is available in a number of fine establishments, including (in London) Waterstones Piccadilly, Artwords, the ICA, Claire de Rouen and Hatchards.
Marc Camille Chaimowicz’s recent exhibitions include Jean Genet... The Courtesy Of Objects, at NUCA (Norwich), Nottingham Contemporary and Focal Point Gallery (Southend). He lives and works in London and Burgundy.
Paperback, £20. 536 pages. 210 x 270mm.
Join us to celebrate the publication of our latest book!
In 2005, Alyse Emdur unearthed a photograph of herself posing in front of a tropical beach scene while visiting her older brother in prison. Since discovering this first portrait in her own family album, she invited hundreds of prisoners to send her photographs for inclusion in this collection. Prison Landscapes is a collection of over 100 photographs of prison inmates representing themselves in front of visiting room backdrops. Such backdrops, often painted by talented inmates, are used within the prisons as portrait studios. As inmates and their visitors pose for photos in front of these idealized landscapes they pretend, for a brief moment, that they are somewhere else.
The launch takes place at Marcus Campbell Art Books (near Tate Modern) on Tuesday 23 October, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
We are delighted that we will be publishers-in-residence at Marcus Campbell Art Books in London this autumn. Our two-month residency begins with a talk by John Morgan, who is the series designer of our Familiars series.
This event is now fully booked.
We will be announcing further events over the course of our residency.
We will be at the London Art Book Fair from 21-23 September, at the Whitechapel Gallery. The fair offers the chance to meet artists, authors and receive special discounts on books from around the world. Artists’ books, catalogues, rare publications and zines from over 75 international exhibitors will be on sale.
The fair is open from 11am to 6pm, 21 to 23 September. Admission is free. For more information visit thelondonartbookfair.com
Since its formation in 1987, Critical Art Ensemble has set out to explore the intersections between art, critical theory, technology and political activism. The award-winning group has exhibited and performed in a variety of venues internationally, from the street to the museum to the internet. Disturbances is the first book to assess the group’s 25-year history, examining the environmental, political and bio-technological themes of their various initiatives. Each project is presented by the group itself, from Flesh Machine (1997–1998), in which they exposed the role of eugenics in the fertility market, to the multimedia Marching Plague (2005–2007), which revealed the farcical failures of governmental germ warfare programs. The book, which features an introduction by Brian Holmes, will be published in the UK and in North America this autumn.
Our next book will be Prison Landscapes, by Alyse Emdur.
In 2005, Alyse Emdur unearthed a photograph of herself posing in front of a tropical beach scene while visiting her older brother in prison. Since discovering this first portrait in her own family album, she invited hundreds of prisoners to send her photographs for inclusion in this collection. Prison Landscapes is a collection of over 100 photographs of prison inmates representing themselves in front of visiting room backdrops. Such backdrops, often painted by talented inmates, are used within the prisons as portrait studios. As inmates and their visitors pose for photos in front of these idealized landscapes they pretend, for a brief moment, that they are someplace else.
Prison Landscapes explores this little known and largely physically inaccessible genre of painting and portraiture seen only by inmates, visitors, and prison employees. Created specifically for escape and self-representation, the idealized paintings of tropical beaches, fantastical waterfalls, mountain vistas, and cityscapes invite sitters to perform fantasies of freedom.
To be published in the UK on 29th October.
Four Corners Books
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London E1 7LS
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Four Corners Books was established in 2004. We are always keen to hear from readers, booksellers and potential collaborators, and while we are only able to publish a small number of books each year, we endeavour to offer advice and support to those who contact us with book proposals.
Richard Embray & Elinor Jansz
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