That's what this Kickstarter is all about. Gavin Turk is one of the many Friends of Nancy Fouts who have teamed up to help create a beautifully-designed 336-page book of Nancy's playful artworks, and with your support we'll be able to produce it.
Nancy Fouts has been hiding in plain sight: the American-born artist has been creating artworks since she moved to live in London in the 1960s. Her subversive and witty imagination has inspired works across a broad range of media and themes, producing bizarre juxtapositions of everyday objects, wickedly funny taxidermy sculptures, and even giving Old Master paintings a surreal twist. She's exhibited widely in solo and group shows over the years, but this book finally shows all her finest work in one place.
The book will present more than 230 of Nancy's artworks in full-page and double-page images. It will be printed and bound to an exceptional standard by specialised fine-art printers in Italy with a quarter cloth-bound hard cover. A warm and insightful essay has been written by art historian and curator James Putnam and artists Gavin Turk and Deborah Curtis provide a foreword.
This book is long overdue! Nancy’s wonderful retrospective exhibition, Down the Rabbit Hole, ended its hugely successful run at Flowers Gallery in central London on May 12. We wanted to launch the book project there, and realised it was essential to create a book that was much more than a catalogue which could present the full range of her accessible and diverse artistic practice.
By working with an independent publisher, the wind in the trees, which is run by the book’s designer, we can create the book that Nancy Fouts really wants you to see. With your support we can make this happen and, most importantly, we can do so far more quickly than a major publisher could. By mid-July you could be holding it in your hands.
About 12% of the money raised is taken in fees and shipping costs. The rest will go directly towards the costs of production and printing of the book.
The total cost of creating and producing this book – including photography, design, editorial work, printing, binding and delivery – is close to £25,000, but our target for this Kickstarter was set at just £12,500 as we wanted to be sure and secure funding that would allow us to feel confident of going ahead.
Amazingly, with your help, we have already exceeded our target, meaning that paper has been ordered, printing capacity secured, and design and production of the book is already well under way.
However, to really cover all our and Nancy’s costs we need to raise at least another £12,500...
We're printing 1,500 copies, which is quite a lot for a monograph of this kind. It’s also the most cost effective number to produce, resulting in a production unit cost that will mean we will eventually have a chance to promote the book effectively and cover our and Nancy’s costs from sales through galleries such as Flowers, directly through Nancy’s website and the wind in the trees, and via specialist art book distributors who will help it to reach a wide audience around the world.
To help make this book a reality, you can simply pledge money, or reserve advance copies of the book – signed by Nancy if you like – as well as get hold of a range of exciting rewards including limited edition and unique artworks hand made and signed by the artist. There’s even a special ’unreadable’ edition of the book – just as you would expect from her! And anyone pledging £10 or more will be named in the book itself. Take a look at the Support section on the right of this page to make your choice and become a valued participant in this campaign.
Your chance to own a version of Nancy’s Hussar (after Géricault) (2015), a reproduction Old Master painting which appears to have been slashed by the sword of its own subject. For supporters, the artist will recreate the effect by individually hand-cutting a postcard-sized print of the work.
If you’re lucky enough to run into Nancy herself, she might slip you one of these lifesize matchboxes, which she prints and assembles herself with a design adapted from the popular British SHIP brand, reflecting her streak of black humour. It’s kind of her calling card. Support the campaign and you could receive one, complete with surprise contents.
You can own a unique, hand-made, pocket-sized SIGNED sculptural piece by Nancy Fouts. Each Keyhole Keyring is cast in resin, then uniquely coloured, aged, textured and distressed by the artist herself. In addition, she will sign each example of this limited edition multiple.
A special edition of the book that you can’t even open without destroying. A wonderful book of art and an artful book of wonders that keeps its treasures hidden and double-locked away. Whose idea could this be (as if you didn’t know)? The double-bound book, containing exactly the same pages as the standard edition, but with a spine at each end, will be produced in an edition of ten.
A choice of three images, ranging in size and price, printed to the very highest quality, ready for you to frame. Nancy Fouts has selected these images exclusively for supporters of the campaign.
These will be produced in limited edition(s) of 10, signed, numbered and dated by the artist.
A wonderful opportunity to own an iconic Fouts’ piece (Nancy is often reluctant to part with favourite works, preferring that they remain in the environment for which she conceived them). The subject of this handpainted copy of Vermeer’s masterpiece breaks through the picture plane to repair the very fabric of the work, stitching a tear in the canvas with actual needle and thread.
A unique artwork, the last of three versions, hand made and signed by Nancy Fouts.
Get your teeth into this one. It may surprise you how unsettling, even disturbing, some of Nancy's visual juxtapositions can be. If ever you need to be reminded about the importance of good dental hygiene...
A framed limited-edition artwork, #7 from an edition of 10, hand made and signed by Nancy Fouts.
You may never think of Adam and Eve in quite the same way again. Did we mention 'disturbing' and 'unsettling' already? Brilliantly simple, alarmingly apposite, here is the evidence that the Original Singles would have had no problems hooking up.
A framed limited-edition artwork, the last in an edition of 10, hand made and signed by Nancy Fouts.
Junk is a museum in miniature, arranging the fruits of Nancy Fouts’ collectomania across the richly textured surface of a vintage game board with acute graphic and pictorial touch.
A unique work, hand made and signed by Nancy Fouts.
We are a group of artists, writers, designers, film-makers and friends who have come together to help create a beautiful book of Nancy's art. Many of us have known Nancy for many years and previously collaborated on art exhibitions with with her in the UK and Europe.
Dr Diane Atkinson, historian and writer
Tim Barnes, graphic designer and publisher
Fiona Biggiero, curator
Des Burkinshaw, film-maker
Deborah Curtis, artist, director at House of Fairy Tales
Arnaud Desjardin, artist, bookseller and publisher
Angela Flowers, gallerist
Matthew Flowers, gallerist
Michele Gervasuti, President of the Gervasuti Foundation
Sophie Jegado, best friend
Patrick Hughes, artist
Dominic Lee, photographer
Giuseppe Mascoli, gallerist and curator
James Putnam, art historian and curator
Anastasia Sakoilska, deputy director at House of Fairy Tales
Richard Strange, musician, actor, writer and curator
Dave Swindells, photographer and writer
Katherine Tulloh, artist
Gavin Turk, international artist
Risks and challenges
All the material for the book is in hand, and production capacity has been secured. Nancy is very happy with the book’s content and design, which is nearing completion. Although his activities as independent publisher ‘the wind in the trees’ have been very small-scale to date, Tim Barnes, who is overseeing the design and production, has over 25 years commercial experience or creating large-scale, high-volume, high quality books and other publications of all kinds. If our target is met, the book will absolutely be produced as described.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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