Books On Books Collection – Tana Hoban

A, B, See! (1982)

A, B, See! (1982)
Tana Hoban
Hardcover, casebound. H252 x W286 mm, 32 pages. Acquired from Cattermole 20th Century Children’s Book, 7 August 2021.
Photos of the work: Books On Books Collection.

Made in dark-room conditions with light-sensitive paper, actual objects and cutouts, these photograms lift this simple ABC book to the plane of object recognition and to the level of art. Other artists who have applied photographic techniques to the abecedary are Anthon Beeke, Eileen Hogan, Peter Hutchinson, Simon Jennings or Stephen T. Johnson. Each has a distinctiveness of eye, technique or conceptualizing. Hoban’s seems to lie in extracting something more from that simple imposition of white on black.

Further Reading

Abecedaries I (in progress)“. Books On Books Collection. 31 March 2020.

Anthon Beeke“. Books On Books Collection. 21 June 2021.

Books by Tana Hoban and Complete Book Reviews“. Publishers Weekly. Accessed 19 August 2021.

Photogram“. Art Terms. Tate Gallery. n.d. Accessed 19 August 2021.

Allison, Alida & Hoban, Tana. 2000. “I” of the Beholder: An Interview with Tana Hoban. The Lion and the Unicorn. 24. 143-149.

Batchen, Geoffrey. 2016. Emanations. The art of the cameraless photograph. München: Prestel Verlag.

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