Lessons in History Vol. II Democracy

Lessons in History Vol. II Democracy
27 October – 15 December, 2012

‘…in Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace – and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.’

Harry Lime in The Third Man (1949)

Graham Green’s character expresses contempt for democracy in stark contrast to our sense of ‘democracy’ as a ‘feel-good’ idea. With missionary zeal, we have undertaken wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in part to bring a western ‘democratic system’ to the citizens of these countries. But is the ‘democracy’ we wish to impose already broken? Will the cuckoo clock be all that is left?

Artists have produced books on the subject of democracy for this exhibition.


95 page exhibition catalogue with wraparound poster cover has descriptions of all 51 books by 50 artists in exhibition.
$20-00 or $25-00 incl. post & pack Australia

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Sales and reservations of unique artist books are noted next to prices. Sales of editioned books are not noted unless edition sells out.

Sue Anderson 1948 Australia Gwen Harrison 1947 Australia

Shore of Certain Happiness: 1788 – 2012
Sydney 2012

Multi-plate etchings, sugar-lift & aquatint with chine collé. Letterpress. Zerkall, BFK Rives & Kozo. Bradel binding. 35.5 x 27.5 cm. 28pp. Signed and dated in pencil. Variable edition of 6. $1800.00

Susan Baran 1959 Australia

some famous quotes: Democracy
Sydney 2012

Concertina format with quotes pasted on etched images of flowers. 11.5 x 19.5 cm. Signed in pencil. Unique. $450.00

Judy Barrass, 1950 Australia

Democracy: what if GOD was one of us
Alternative Publishing, Sunshine Coast, Queensland 2012

Initialled and dated. 21.0 x 15.0 cm. Edition of 12. $15.00

Julie Barratt 1960 Australia

Stop Having Sex
Ballina 2012

Rubber stamped title, signed and dated on attached tag. 29.4 x 21.5 cm. Edition of 5. $280.00

Tia Blassingame 1971 USA

Black in Dictionary
Primrose Press, Washington, D.C. 2011

Flag book, digitally and letterpress printed on handmade and commercial papers. 20.5 x 12.5 cm. Signed and numbered in pencil. Edition of 25. $400.00

Sarah Bodman Great Britain

Dead Search
Bristol UK 2012

Free download PDF, 21 x 14.85 cm. The book can be downloaded for self-assembly at: http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/dead12.htm 100 copies distributed free during the exhibition. Free

Thomas Clark and Laurie Clark England

towards perpetual peace
Moschatel Press UK 2012

Inkjet printed with hand-coloured illustrations. 15.0 x 10.8 cm. Unsigned. Small limited edition. $22.00

Marian Crawford, Australia

segmentation and dark-heartedness
Melbourne  2012

letterpress and typewriter texts with laser printed images; edition of 5. $440.00 Edition sold out

Jan Davis 1952 Australia

Democracy Counts
Tullera 2012

Watercolour, graphite pencil with stamping. Softbound red cover, stitched, with pocket in back cover for photograph. 32 pp. 20.0 x 30.0 cm. Numbered in pencil. Variable edition of 5. $350.00 Editions sold out

Yvonne Dorricott 1948 Australia

The Story of the Woodlines
Bridgetown 2012

Etching and relief with hand-written text on hand-made Lokta paper. 20.0 x 28.5 cm. 28 pp plus loose sheet. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. Edition of 6. $240.00

Dianne Fogwell 1958 Australia

Vote – Post : stamps of free speech
Canberra 2012

Digital images, perforation and linocut. Soft cover binding. 15.0 x 10.5 cm. Signed and dated. Edition of 20. $350.00

Noreen Grahame 1942 Australia

Stamp Out Democracy
numero uno publications, Brisbane 2012

Rubber-stamps on Kaskad Wheatear Yellow and Curious Translucent paper. Machine bound with red cotton. 21.0 x 15.0 cm. Signed and numbered. Edition of 100. $20.00

Juli Haas 1952 Australia

The Amazing Box o’Ballots
Melbourne 2012

Collage of drypoint combined with mixed media. 23.4 x 20.2 x 9.4 cm. Signed and dated in box. Unique. $2,200.00 Sold

Jan Hogan 1963 Australia

Becoming, Gundaroo Common Book 1: ongoing negotiations
Gundaroo 2012

Japanese woodblock with Sumi ink & builders pigment on Kozo. 66.0 x 94.0 x 10.0 cm. $880.00 Sold

Anne-Maree Hunter 1965 Australia

Freedom of Movement
Psyclonic Studios, Highfields 2012

Cloth covered booklet – soft covers, letterpress & hand stamping. Original images laser printed onto obsolete topographic maps. 9.5 x 7.0 cm. 16 pp. Signed in pencil and dated. Edition of 7. $175.00

Suburban Democracy
Psyclonic Studios, Highfields 2012

Cloth cover. Photography, Laser prints, obsolete map end papers & hand stamping. 22.0 x 16.0 cm. 40 pp. Signed in pencil and dated. Edition of 6. $475.00

Robert Jacks 1943 Australia

A Democratic Choice of Images
Harcourt 2012

Rubber-stamps. Titled by the artist in pencil. 15.2 x 9.0 cm. Unique. $150.00 sold

Nicholas Jones 1974 United Kingdom 1976 arrived Australia

Melbourne, 2012

Book titled ‘A History of the Athenian Constitution’ with carved profile of Solon. 22.2 x 14.2 cm. Unsigned. Unique. $900.00

Joanna Kambourian 1976 Australia
Darren Bryant 1971 Australia

Filthy Lucre Playing Cards
Coraki 2012

Two colour serigraph on Arches 88 (cards) & Rives BFK (box). Each deck (box & cards) is hand printed, cut and assembled.  Box 9.0 x 6.7 x 1.8 cm. Signed and dated in pencil on colophon. Edition of 30 + 3 artist proofs. $280.00

Sharon Kivland 1955 Germany

Encore un effort
France 2012

Cropped images from a set of photographs in the student paper ‘Tribune’ from May ‘68. Centre pages are a spread of text drawn from fashion magazines of the same period in French history, but including two slogans, one from 1968 and the other from 1795. Democratically printed in a reprographic unit. 22.5 x 15.5 cm. 24 pp. Edition of 100. $16.50

Holger Kueper, Germany

Republic of Art
Dortmund, Germany 2011

Mixed media. 29.5 x 21.0 cm. Sighed and dated in pencil. Unique. $600.00

Peter Lyssiotis 1949 Cyprus arrived Australia 1954

Masterthief, Melbourne 2012

Offset printed. 21.0 x 15 cm. Signed and dated. Edition of 18. $850.00

Fiona MacDonald 1956 Australia

Practical Democracy A Jazz Send Off
Big Fag Press, Woolloomooloo 2012

Concertina format made from cut down sections of print proofs made at the Big Fag Press, Woolloomooloo, about the Green Bans of the early 1970s as part of a 40th anniversary project. The proofs had used both sides of the paper as the edition was prepared and this seemed like a perfect opportunity to turn the two sides proofs into a book. Box board covers, concertina pages printed offset on Dutch etching paper. Text Geotype. 30.0 x 21.0 cm. Edition of 2. $450.00 Both editions sold

Heather Matthew 1957Australia

Nunderi 2011

Screenprinted and handmade papers. 10.0 x 10.0 cm. Unique. $250.00

Helen Mueller, Switzerland arrived Australia early 1970s

Maker’s Mark
Sydney 2011 

Unbound book comprising stacked linocut prints each numbered in pencil; 18.0 x 21.0 x 12.0 cm. Titled, signed and dated in pencil. Unique. $950.00 Sold

Monica Oppen 1964 Switzerland arrived Australia 1964

Dare to VOTE!
Ant Press, Sydney 2012

Printed letterpress from lino blocks, photopolymer plates, wood type and rubber stamping on Magnani Velata Avorio paper, hand bound housed in box with pencils. 16.5 x 19.0 cm. Unsigned. Edition of 50. $250.00

Gaye Paterson 1949 Australia

Jednom / Once
Melbourne 2009 (from the original artist book published by Editions + Artist Book Studio, Canberra 1999)

Grey embossed wrap-around cover. Computer text in Serbian and English printed in one strip and folded. 12.2 x 12.2 cm. Numbered in pencil. Edition of 25. $50.00

David Patrick

under it
Southside Glasgow, Scotland 2012

Front jacket – lino etching printed in black ink on hand torn 300g Somerset Satin. An ink stamped ‘?’ is printed in the corner of the back jacket. Pen, pencil and digital images ink jet printed on white paper, torn & machine cut. Hand bound. 22.5 x 15.5 x cm. 20 pp. 1st edition. Signed and numbered in pencil. Edition of 12. $50.00

Hilda Paz 1950  Argentina

Todos Juntos
Buenos Aires 2012

Painted canvas cover. Linocut. 11.0 x 23.5 cm. Signed, dated and numbered. Edition of 7. $220.00

Michael Phillips 1959 Australia

Brisbane 2012

The democracy of disease.
Off-set and digitally printed. 14.0 x 21.0 cm. Signed, dated and stamped.
Edition of 50. $20.00

Sean Phillips 1965 Malaysia arrived Australia 1981

Selected Corrected Democracy Documents
Brisbane 2011

Reel of typewriter correction tape mounted in Perspex box accompanied by A4 sheet. Box 10.5 x 8.5 x 8.5 cm. Unique. $550.00 Sold

Ian Pyper 1955 England

Concealed Democratic Choice
England 2012

Anonymous, coverless paperback book, crepe bandage and retaining clip. 19.5 x 11.5 cm. Unsigned. Unique.

Paula Quintela 1972 Chile arrived Australia 2007

Nineteen Seventy Three
Brisbane 2012

Aluminium slides, solar plates, collographs, wooden box. 26.0 x 19.0 x 6.0 cm. Unique. $1,800.00 Sold

Judith Rosenberg 1944 England arrived Australia 1973

Nambour 2012

One-colour etchings printed on 300 gsm Hahnemühle paper. Text printed on 145 gsm Zerkall paper. 18.0 x 27.7 x 10.2 cm. Signed, dated and with edition number and title in pencil beneath each etching. Edition of 3. $220.00

Michael Schlitz 1967 Australia

the portable truth
Hobart 2011

Cast bronze. 17.5 x 12.5 cm. Signed, titled and dated. Unique. $3,500.00 Reserved

Alex Selenitsch 1946 Germany arrived Australia 1949

Ideal City: bits of compromise from the book of policy: plus action items/bookmarks
photocopy and stamp on various papers and card, various bindings, tape; digital print on card. 1076 pp. 7.5 x 24.5 x 38.0 cm. Unique.
Price represents double number of members of House of Representatives and the Senate.

action items/bookmarks:
digital print on card in manila envelope with stamp cards 21cms long, variable widths. Edition of 7.

Glen Skien 1959 Australia

Atlas 1
Brisbane 2012

Mono-print, bitumen and white charcoal. 67 pp. 56.0x 39.0 cm. Unique. $5,000.00 Sold

Bernie Slater 1977Australia
Caren Florance 1967 Australia

Ampersand Duck, Canberra 2012

Laser-printed, 15.0 x 15.0 cm. Hardbound with letterpressed bookcloth, 16 pp. Signed and numbered. Edition of 5. $350.00

Doug Spowart 1953 Australia
Victoria Cooper 1957 Australia

Art is always the best policy
Toowoomba, Centre for Regional Arts Practice 2012

Digitally printed. 15.0 x 10.5 cm plus Ballot Paper. 10 pp. Signed and numbered in pencil. Edition of 25 + 5 proofs. $25.00

Stephen Spurrier, Australia

Canaries for Democracy
Ugg Boot Press, Toowoomba 2011

Democratic Domestic
Ugg Boot Press, Toowoomba 2011

Undemocratic Domestic
Ugg Boot Press, Toowoomba 2011

Red Dog Democracy

Double Dog Democracy & Red Dog Democracy
Ugg Boot Press, Toowoomba 2011

Digital prints. Signed and dated. Varied unlimited editions and various vols. All editions $50.00 ea.

Madonna Staunton 1938 Australia

Alphabetical Alpha-Betical Notes Democracy: The Grace ful State
Brisbane 2012

Drawings, collages with hand written notes. Ring bound and housed in Perspex case. 10.3 x 8.0 cm. Signed and dated. Unique. $500.00 Sold

Mary Sutherland 1941 New Zealand arrived Australia 1955

Democracy Semantic Shift
Melbourne 2012

Concertina format.  Computer formatted an printed by solvent transfer.  20.0 x 14.5 cm. Signed, dated and numbered in pencil. Edition of 4. Price $400.00

Kim Tarpey 1958 England arrived Australia 1965

Learning How to Compromise
Panton Hill 2012

11 etchings/aquatint with watercolour. 10 poems and one piece of prose. Hand made paper hard cover with Coptic binding. 41.0 x 36.0 cm 36 pp. Numbered in pencil and signed on title page. Variable edition of 10. $1,000.00

Judy Watson 1959 Australia

Set of three altered books: colouring in history
Brisbane 2012

3 altered books. Watercolour. unique copies. Open at altered pages, book one: 31.0 x 49.0; book two: 32.0 x 51.0 cm; book three: 33.0 x 52.0 cm. $1,000.00

Emma Miller Hatpin
The artist and grahame galleries + editions, Brisbane 2012

Hatpin multiple (still in progress). Register interest.

Margaret Wilson 1939 Australia

Brisbane 2012

Mixed media, collage, graphite, rag paper and red tape. 10.0 x 66.0 cm. Signed, dated and titled in pencil back cover. Unique. $300.00

Karen Zimmermann, 1962, USA

The artist and Spaceheater Editions USA 2012

Digital photographs and text. 16.0 x 20.7 cm. Edition of 7. Unsigned. $190.00