HENDERIKSE, Jan. Broadway.

(New York/Rotterdam): Jan Henderikse/Uitgeverji Bébert Edition, 1983. First edition. Oblong 4to. Although not stated one of 200 copies. The is one of the 100 signed copies. Signed by the artist on the front cover in pencil along with the date 2/4 '83 and the pencil number 58. Henderikse’s fantastic artist’s book documents Broadway in 249 images laid out horizontally, three images to a panel, on 83 individual panels, each attached end-to-end so that it becomes an uninterrupted continuum of street views tracing New York City’s most celebrated thoroughfare as it travels the length of Manhattan from its Southernmost point at The Battery all the way to the Spuyten Duyvil. Folded out in full it is 99 feet long. Broadway, with its horizontal layout, foldout binding, and wide format was quite evidently modeled on Ed Ruscha’s book Dutch Details, which he had published 12 years earlier as a project related to Sonsbeek 71 at the Groninger Museum. This exhibition, which also included Henderickse’s work, focused on site-specific work, non-traditional media such as artists’ books, and other new forms to which the era’s conceptually oriented art practices were giving rise and so Ruscha made Dutch Details as a consciously American take on the typically Dutch-looking streetscapes and vernacular architecture he encountered in the area near the museum. Henderikse, a Dutchman who later took up residence in New York, responded in kind, documenting the typical streetscapes of “New Amsterdam.” This is a very good plus copy housed within printed cardboard covers; string-tied, with Manhattan bus map inserted together with publishers promotional material laid-in. A very nice example, scarce in this condition and signed.


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