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L’Atlas │Diagonals

 

Le Grand Jeu is proud to announce the publication of its first artist’s book, Diagonals, published in collaboration with the French artist L’Atlas, one of the most important representatives of Urban Art.

Diagonals is composed of 14 lithographs, folded in an accordion book printed by the renowned Atelier R.L.D. in a limited edition of 50 on 240 gr. Rivoli paper, each signed and numbered by Jules Dedet Granel aka L'Atlas. Each lithography represents a step in the elaboration of a hand-drawn sketch. L'Atlas abandons the horizontal and vertical linearity of written letters, which has been a central tenet of his reflections during last decade. The artist explores a new formal space filled with diagonals, changing perspective in his devotion to calligraphy and to urban markings.

Diagonals also inaugurates a new chapter in Le Grand Jeu’s history. It embodies our desire to push Urban Art forward, working side-by-side with some of the most important representatives of this movement on a new editorial project devoted to the production of refined artists’ books.

Graffiti writers and street artists have created artist’s books since the 1980’s, but their productions have been mostly faithful to a DIY’s attitude inherited by the Punk movement. We actually consider that nowadays artists coming from the Urban Art scene deserve also to explore new paths. Le Grand Jeu artist’s books collection arises to give to graffiti writers and street artists the possibility to express themselves in new directions.

 

Accordion book composed by 14 lithographs
Printed on 240 gr. Rivoli paper
White cloth-covered clamshell box
Book’s dimensions 25 x 25 cm. (9.84 x 9.84 in.)
Text by Christian Omodeo
Edition of 50, signed and numbered by the artist
2014
Price: 600 + shipping (write us at contact@legrandj.eu)

 

L'Atlas is a French artist born in 1978. He began doing graffiti in the early 1990s. Fascinated by the history of handwriting, he has studied calligraphy in several countries and designed his own typography. He frequently works in public spaces and has become a major figure of the Street Art movement. He has also developed a pictural universe, where he leads the written word towards calligraphic abstraction. He lives and works in Paris.

The Atelier RLD has been founded in 1973 in Paris by Robert and Lydie Dutrou and has collaborated with artistes like Miró, Chillida, Tapiès, Alechinsky, Miotte, Seguí, Sugaï, Papart, Ionesco, Tardieu, Mandiargues, Butor and Perec, to produce prints and artists’s books during almost forty years. In 1985, Robert and Lydie Dutrou have opened a second atelier in Bourgogne, where they have installed various printing presses. MoMA considers Anular, produced by Antonio Tapiès at Atelier RLD in 1981, one of the fifty more precious artists’ books in the world.

 

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