One of the earliest artist's books from Johanna Drucker, only her second editioned (and first obtainable) work, with important provenance.
"All together in the mist and lost all done and none gone home to port not ever from that cowering party by the lackless motley group no crew."
Drucker produced this nautical book with Betsy Davids, from whom she learned to print, and lists this as "one of the best produced" of her works. The dense and rhyming tale is based on a New Year's party (gone awry) she attended with her parents in 1974-1975. According to Davids, the book had trouble finding an audience in the dominant "democratic multiple" environment of the 1970s. Priced at twenty dollars and considered by many "overproduced," Davids describes how STORM was rejected by several dealers and shows, but that the LAICA "show 'Artwords and Bookworks' proved more hospitable" (DRUCKWORKS 14). Indeed, this copy originates from the collection of that show's co-curator, Judith Hoffberg. Preceded by only a few unique books and her debut work issued in just 13 copies, an excellent example with exceptional provenance of an early and important work from one of the most innovative practitioners and foremost scholars in the field. All of Drucker's limited editions are now scarce in the marketplace, a superior copy.
Read more: Johanna Drucker, "Project Statement," ArtistsBooksOnline.org; JOHANNA DRUCKER: Druckworks, 1982-2012, 40 Years of Books and Projects.
[Oakland]: Rebis Press, 1975. Full title: As No Storm, or, the Any Port Party. 8'' x 9''. Original canvas wrappers sewn with rope laced through brass grommets. With supplied plastic folder. Black-and-white pictorial title page with full-page black-and-white illustrations throughout. One of 300 unnumbered copies, from a total edition of 326.  pages, partially French-folded. Occasional very light soil to wrappers. A sharp, bright copy. Provenance: Though not noted, from the collection of Artwords and Bookworks co-curated Judith Hoffberg, via Jim Hugunin of Grafix Artist Press.
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