Ivorypress at Kettle's Yard
13 October 2021 – 3 April 2022
Kettle’s Yard was delighted to be one of several institutions around the world who celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of Ivorypress, a renowned publisher of artists’ books based in Madrid.
This special display presented works by five artists placed in dialogue with the artworks, objects and spaces of the Kettle’s Yard House. As well as artists’ books, the exhibition encompassed paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs by artists who have collaborated with Ivorypress, including two, Chillida and Long, who have previously exhibited at Kettle’s Yard.
Presented in the upstairs rooms of the house, the display featured work by:
Blanca Miró Skoudy
Works in the House
Displayed in the Bechstein Room were works by Chilean artist Fernando Casasempere (b. 1958) which explored the artist’s three sources of inspiration: pre-Hispanic heritage, the Chilean landscape and the artist’s life in London. A painting made from clay on felt temporarily replaced Roger Hilton’s October 1955 Calm (Black, Grey, Brown and White), offering an alternative approach to landscape, place and time.
Six black and white photographs by American photographer Mariana Cook (b. 1955) were presented in the intimate space of Helen Ede’s bedroom. The contemplative images, some of which were captured by the artist during the last ten days of her mother’s life, included abstractions of interior spaces, everyday objects, light and shadow.
In the Attic, a selection of works on paper by Spanish artists Eduardo Chillida (1924-2002) and Blanca Miró Skoudy (b. 1987) interacted with prints and drawings by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska from the Kettle’s Yard collection. A selection of Chillida’s ink drawings made for Reflections, the first artist’s book published by Ivorypress, were shown alongside Miró Skoudy’s line drawings of abstracted bodies inspired by Cubism and Surrealism.
Displayed on the table in the Library was an artist’s book by Richard Long(b. 1945) titled Walking and Sleeping documenting 10 routes and 7 walks taken by the artist. Each page represented one day, exploring ideas of time, space, place and distance through the artist’s photographs, texts and original mud drawings.
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Elena Foster in Conversation with Andrew Nairne
Ivorypress was founded in 1996 by Elena Ochoa Foster as a publishing house specialising in artists’ books. The project currently encompasses a wide range of areas and activities within the framework of contemporary art, including its own exhibition space and bookshop, art consultancy and art exhibitions curatorship, editorial services, audio-visual productions and education.
This project is part of a multi-institutional exhibitions programme taking place in museums and libraries across Europe and the United States during 2021 and 2022, on the occasion of Ivorypress’ twenty-fifth anniversary.
Participating institutions include the Biblioteca Nacional de España in Madrid, the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford, the British Library in London, the Centro de Iniciativas Culturales at the Universidad de Sevilla, Ivorypress Space in Madrid, Kettle’s Yard at the University of Cambridge, Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao, Museo Chillida Leku in Hernani, Museo Lázaro Galdiano in Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Neues Museum in Berlin, Stanford University Library in California, the Warburg Institute in London, and the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven.