Published by Anomie, this book highlights a series of works entitled Concretos that the artist David Batchelor has been creating for more than a decade. A Concreto consists of a brightly coloured material – whether a shard of glass, a lid from a tin of household paint or another found object – embedded in a concrete base.
Concretos are just one aspect of the artist’s work for whom, throughout his career, colour has been a constant theme and inspiration. The book’s publication coincided with the artist’s first large-scale survey exhibition, Colour Is, which was held at Compton Verney in Warwickshire in summer 2022.
The various chapters – which all open with a concrete background – present the different classifications of Concreto such as Neo-Cons, Geo-Cons and Alt-cons. The book includes texts by curator Eleanor Nairne and architectural historian Adrian Forty which examine the artist’s explorations.
Image height is consistent throughout the book, but the width alters to reflect the shape of the piece. Attention is paid to the horizon lines which are common to works shown alongside one another. Some of the more intricate pieces are shown in full with a close-up detail on the facing page.
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