âA âtreated Victorian novelââtreated with humor and poetry, and a feeling for the âghosts of other possible storiesâ lurking in the original text. It may be the closest a paperback book has come to being an art object.ââNew York
In the mid-1960s, Tom Phillips took a forgotten nineteenth-century novel, W. H. Mallockâs A Human Document, and began working over the extant text to create something new. The artist writes, âI plundered, mined, and undermined its text to make it yield the ghosts of other possible stories, scenes, poems, erotic incidents, and surrealist catastrophes which seemed to lurk within its wall of words. As I worked on it, I replaced the text Iâd stripped away with visual images of all kinds. It began to tell and depict, among other memories, dreams, and reflections, the sad story of Bill Toge, one of loveâs casualties.â
After its first publication in book form in 1980, A Humument rapidly became a cult classic. This new fifth edition follows its predecessors by incorporating Phillipâs latest revisions and reworkings, and celebrates an artistic enterprise that is forty-five years old and still actively a work in progress.368 color illustrations
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About: By blacking out passages and rearranging pages, British artist Tom Phillips turned an obscure Victorian novel into "the closest a paperback book has come to being an art object" (NEW YORK magazine).
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About: Covers the pages of a Victorian novel with artwork revealing only selected words to create a surrealistic story about Bill Toge, a victim of love
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