Peter Anderson on Robert Jacks

September 17, 2016

Presented at Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair on occasion of Available to Everyone: Robert Jacks & Printed Matter. The talk is presented as part of the Classroom, on the second floor of MoMA PS1.

The Australian artist Robert Jacks (1943 – 2014) began working with artists books in the late sixties, and consolidated this area of his practice after moving to New York in 1969. Among the first group of artists to sell their books through Printed Matter, Jacks developed a relationship with the organisation that continued after he returned to Australia at the end of the seventies. This presentation by writer and curator, Peter Anderson, provides a contextual introduction to Printed Matter’s current exhibition which features a selection of key book works by Jacks, as well as other significant early artist’s books from his collection. While some of Jacks’ books used low cost commercial printing methods, he is perhaps best known for the series of twelve ‘hand-stamped’ books of simple rubber stamp grids produced between 1973 and 1982. Presented by Printed Matter on the occasion of the organization’s 40th Anniversary.