Monday, July 4, 2022

Hiroshige (1797-1858), A Shoal of Fishes, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1980

An accordion comprised of reproductions of 20 different prints of fish, accompanied by a section with information about each print, as well as a poem associated with each fish.

The reproductions are fine and obviously the prints are wonderful examples of this well known artists' works. The only problem for me with this "accordion" is that it does not behave like a traditional accordion! 

The works are comprised of one page prints that have then been folded in half, and then each edge of the sheet is glued to the one that follows it. Which all results in a binding at each side of the print that does not open up fully, as it would have if it had been a long continuous folded sheet. To force the "accordion" open would be to endanger the whole work, as the binding would probably break.  As a result, the only safe way to experience this book is as a traditional book, two pages at a time, all of which rather defeats the whole point of printing the book in the accordion format!

56 single-sided pages, individually 10.5" x 7.5", and when fully open 35 feet.

accordion with slip cover

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