The designer duo Casier/Fieuws are well known in Belgium, since they design a lot of artist books. They pay attention to every detail of the content and ensure everything fits well together; from the size of the book to the various papers, images finishing, etc, all in accordance with the work of the artist itself. We made several dummies before reaching the perfect outcome. The book was printed on a run of 800 copies and was such a success that they completely sold out.
Giuseppe Penone (Born April 3, 1947) is one of Italy’s most prominent contemporary artists from the Arte Povera group. He developed a body of work that is known and appreciated all over the world, featuring in some of the world’s top art exhibitions and collections. The closing show of the ‘MAC’s’ museum in Grand Hornu, Belgium, was a solo exposition on Giuseppe Penone. His work is outstanding and breathtaking and the prices go high in secondary markets like Sotheby’s and Philips. Nevertheless he’s a very kind and simple man with whom it has been a pleasure making his book.The book we printed for the exhibition was in collaboration with the designers Casier/Fieuws, the curator and director of the MAC’s; Laurent Buzine and his assistant Julien Foucart.
The book does not have any spine since the designers preferred a single score and for the rest of the flaps to fall naturally over the inside brochures. The paper of the leporello inside the fold-out is X-PER Premium white 170 gsm from Fedrigoni. This paper was brand new when we chose this last year. This paper is of a very high quality and is therefore very expensive. It is uncoated and gives an outstanding print result. It is similar to the quality one gets when printing on coated paper. Details come out very nicely.The brochures were printed full colour on X-PER 140 gsm. They are not stitched but just folded in order to retain the soft touch and exclude any metals in the book. This finishing works rather well with X-PER paper since it is so uncoated that they don’t shift but stay in place.Printing on X-PER paper requires special attention. We can print in high density but once the paper dries, the colours tend to flatten out. Therefore, we printed in very high density so we are left with beautiful blacks, even after drying.
The finishing of the book was done with Sepeli, a bookbinder in Ghent, Belgium. His specialization is the binding of specialty books, which is why we work together on my book projects. The owner, Frank Vermeulen, and us think very much alike, which guarantees that our clients are presented with the very best technical results.
The Leporello inside has been folded and glued by hand in Frank’s atelier, where he quite often does some hand finishing. We inserted a white paper in between the map and the cover material to protect the inside of the book. This paper can be taken out once the book is opened.