Execution: The Book. Ken Campbell, Susan E. King, Steven Clay. Granary Books. 1990.

Execution: The Book.

Granary Books, 1990. Item #GB_12

5 1/4 x 15 in., 8 pp., folded sheets.

An elaborate and unusual catalog for an exhibition of English artist Ken Campbell’s bookworks at Granary Books in New York (Nov. 1–Dec. 22, 1990). Campbell himself designed and printed the catalog letterpress, in four colors. Brief essays by Steven Clay and Susan E. King; checklist of the exhibition, which was Campbell’s first in the United States. This is from an edition of 100 copies, signed by the artist. Out-of-print.

ABOUT KEN CAMPBELL: British book artist Ken Campbell (b. 1939) writes, designs, and prints his books by letterpress and other  such processes. He has exhibited works publicly and privately in England, America, and Germany, including at the New York Public Library (1994), the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz (Germany, 1995), the Yale Centre for British Art (1996), and at the Herzog-August Bibliothek (Germany, 2001). The Yale Centre for British Art, the New York Public Library, and the Herzog-August Bibliothek each own a complete set of Campbell's publications. Read more at https://brokenrules.co.uk/.

Susan King, artist and writer, grew up in Kentucky. She worked for the potter Byron Temple after receiving her BA in 3D design at the University of Kentucky and went on to earn an MA in Ceramics at New Mexico State University. She taught one of the first women's art classes as part of her graduate work there. After meeting Judy Chicago, she decided to move to Los Angeles to become part of the Feminist Studio Workshop at the Woman's Building. 

As a student of Sheila de Bretteville at the Women's Graphic Center, she became interested in printing her own writing using offset and letterpress equipment. Inspired by the work of Jane Grabhorn and Ed Ruscha, she set up Paradise Press, where she printed her own work and the work of others. She was the studio director at the Women's Graphic Center in addition to teaching at Otis Art Institute and Scripps College. She continues to teach workshops around the country. After thirty years of living in Los Angeles, she has moved to rural Kentucky.

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