Printed Matter is an art world institution in the best sense of the word. Founded in 1976 to support the then-fledgling medium of artists books, the organization has since become a mainstay of all things art and publishing. Historically linked to artistic figures such as Carl Andre, Sol LeWitt, and Lucy Lippard and now responsible for the ever-growing Art Book Fairs in New York and Los Angeles, Printed Matter has been symbiotically involved in the artistic, political, and social movements alongside which it has developed.
As the title suggests, Nick Cave: Epitome is a carefully selected array of works showcased as exemplary pieces of his oeuvre. The book is heavy with a hardcover and thick, glossy pagesby volume alone, it may seem intimidating.
This elegant book contains superb reproductions of no fewer than 204 April Gornik drawings from the 1980s, 90s and aughts. All of them, many as large as 38 by 50 inches, are given a full page or double facing pages.