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An Inquiry into Meaning and Truth

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Thomas Raat’s series of abstract paintings (120 x 180 cm) An Inquiry into Meaning and Truth takes off from the cover designs of popular "egghead" paperbacks published from the late 1940s until the early 70s. The artist’s repurposing of the predominantly abstract imagery of the jackets mediates an abstruse range of synthetic epistemologies (from “freedom and responsibility” to “the law of civilization and decay”) as well as the needs or demands of various book series and the branding orientations of the publishing houses that commissioned them.

The essay by John C. Welchman, featured in the book, discusses how Raat’s work operates at the technical interface between abstract painting and visual construction and on the generic borderlines between art, design and the history of ideas; and how his intervention precipitates a salient crisis in the signifying assumptions delivered to non-figurative compositionality in the mid-twentieth century—and its later reassessments. Prompted by an ethos of design that fronts the inevitability of reading, Raat’s project asks how abstract signs have been organized as the future of a long and stealthy illusion.

 

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Thomas Raat, Edwin van Gelder, John C. Welchman and Freek Lomme, 2013

An Inquiry into Meaning and Truth (second edition)

€ 25

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second edition (november 2013 )

text by John C. Welchman
Graphic design:mainstudio
Photograpy:Willem Vermaase

The first edition was made possible thanks to the generous support of Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten and galerie De Expeditie
Special thanks to: Zsa Zsa Eyck, Susan Gloudemans, Martijntje Hallmann, Stephan Kuderna, Arend Nijkamp and of course John C. Welchman.

The second edition has been made possible thanks to Stichting Stokroos and the Materiaalfonds loanfund.

Type
softcover
Dimensions
200 x 300 mm / 7.87x 11.81 inch portrait
Pages
88
ISBN
978-94-91677-09-0
Editor
Thomas Raat, Edwin van Gelder, John C. Welchman and Freek Lomme
Author
John C. Welchman
Graphic
Main Studio / Edwin van gelder
Artist
Thomas Raat
Binding
Japanese
Color
full color
Photography of the book
Willem Vermaase
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, 2013

ARTIST EDITION ’An Inquiry into Meaning and Truth’ by Thomas Raat

€ 225

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Book including silk-screened print by Thomas Raat

Title: Pscychiatry To-day
Silksreened in blue, black, red and white layers.

edition of 25, signed and numbered

225 euro including frame

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Type
Silkscreen
Color
blue, black, red and white layers.
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Thomas Raat, Edwin van Gelder, John C. Welchman and Freek Lomme, 2012

An Inquiry into Meaning and Truth (first edition)

€ 25

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first edition (2012 )

Editors: Thomas RaatEdwin van GelderJohn C. Welchman and Freek Lomme
text by John C. Welchman
Graphic design:mainstudio
Photograpy works in the book: Willem Vermaase

 

The first edition has been made possible thanks to the generous support of Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten and galerie De Expeditie
Special thanks to: Zsa Zsa Eyck, Susan Gloudemans, Martijntje Hallmann, Stephan Kuderna, Arend Nijkamp and of course John C. Welchman.

The second edition has been made possible thanks to Stichting Stokroos and the Materiaalfonds loanfund.

Type
softcover
Dimensions
200 x 300 mm / 7.87 x 11.81 Inch
Pages
80 (Japanese fold), 40 viewing pages.
ISBN
ISBN 978-90-78454-98-4
Editor
Thomas Raat, Edwin van Gelder, John C. Welchman and Freek Lomme
Author
John C. Welchman
Graphic
Main Studio / Edwin van Gelder
Language
English
Binding
glued
Paper
Cover: Munken Lynx Rough 300 gr. Inside: Core uncoated hv offset 80 gr , FSC mix 70%, CU-COC-804101 + Munken Lynx Rough 100 gr
Edition
700
Color
full color
Printer
Lecturis, Eindhoven (NL)
Photography in the book
Willem Vermaase
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