JB Blunk Edition 4


The fourth edition of the best-selling monograph features a new cover colour and cover artwork.

JB Blunk presents the breadth of the artist's practice and includes never-before-seen archival and newly commissioned photographs of jewellery, ceramics, paintings, furniture, sculpture, and his hand-built house. The book features essays by Lucy Lippard, Glenn Adamson, Fariba Bogzaran, Louise Allison Cort, and René Bustamante.

These essays contextualise Blunk among his contemporaries, his materials, and his places. Lippard connects Blunk’s interdisciplinary practice with her own attempts at an archaeological, rather than linear, approach to art history and criticism. Cort and Bogzaran reconstruct the early relationships and experiences that influenced Blunk in Japan and in Northern California, respectively. An archival interview with Blunk from 1978 and a new interview with his longtime friend & studio assistant Rick Yoshimoto offer primary insight into Blunk’s work and process, forty years apart.

“Wood. Clay. Stone. Spirit. These are the elements from which JB Blunk created his work, and a more elemental artist of the postwar era would be hard to find. Blunk proceeded through sheer instinct and in deep conversation with nature; his art was the ultimate expression of a life lived off the grid.”

—Glenn Adamson

JB Blunk is edited by Mariah Nielson and Åbäke, printed by die Keure, co-published by Blunk Books and Dent-De-Leone, and designed by Åbäke.

If you’d like to order this book and are based in North America, please order from Blunk Books - www.jbblunk.com

Author/ Editor: Mariah Nielson and Åbäke
With texts by Lucy Lippard, Glenn Adamson, Fariba Bogzaran, and Louise Allison Cort amongst others.
Design: Åbäke 

Printed by: Die Keure
First published: 2021
Fourth edition published: 2024
ISBN: 978—1—907908—86—6
Fourth edition: 4000 copies
Pages: 224
Width: 210 mm 

Height: 260 mm 
Weight: 1075 gram
Cover: Hardback
Language: English

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