Rodney Graham[The Piazza 4.1] 1989

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Artist
Rodney Graham (born 1949)
Title
[The Piazza 4.1]
Date 1989
MediumBook and 2 bookmarks
Dimensionsobject: 242 x 170 x 55 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased from funds provided by the Mary Joy Thomson Bequest 2005
Reference
T11930
Not on display

Summary

[The Piazza 4.1] comprises two identical bookmarks inserted into a hard-back copy of The Piazza Tales and other Prose Pieces 1839–1860, which is the ninth volume in the series, Writings of Herman Melville, published by Northwestern University Press, Evanston, and The Newberry Library, in 1987. The bookmarks are made of card and follow the dimensions of the printed page but with tabs that extend above and below the volume’s upper and lower edges. They have text printed on part of both sides to form a single page of script; the remaining sections are blank and coloured red.

The bookmarks are inserted between pages four and five of the volume’s first tale, The Piazza, a story that Melville wrote in the early 1850s, which was published in a collection called The Piazza Tales in 1856. The original first-person narrative tells of a veranda (or ‘piazza’) that the author builds onto his rural home and the enchanting panorama revealed from it… (read more)

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