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Of green leaf, bird, and flower: artists' books and the natural world

Of green leaf, bird, and flower: artists' books and the natural world

Fairman, Elisabeth R., editor; Yale Center for British Art, host institution

Highlighting an enduring interest in natural history from the 16th century to the present, this book explores depictions of the natural world, from centuries-old manuscripts to contemporary artists' books

Hardback, Book. English.
Published New Haven: Yale University Press, [2014]
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Elisabeth Fairman ; essays by Elisabeth R. Fairman, Robert McCracken Peck, Molly Duggins, David Burnett ; contributions by Laurie Clark [and 16 others]
ISBN: 0300204248, 9780300204247
Note: Published to accompany the exhibition of the same name held at Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven, May 15-August 10, 2014.
Note: Includes index.
Note: Exhibition held at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 15 May to 10 August 2014.
Physical Description: 247 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 27 cm
Subject: Art and Design.; Bonnell, Mandy; Plants; Nature in art Exhibitions.; Natural history illustration Exhibitions.; Animals; Drawing; Printmaking; Artists' books Exhibitions.; Natural history; Artists books

Author note

Elisabeth Fairman is senior curator of rare books and manuscripts at the Yale Center for British Art.


“A book in which science and art blissfully hold hands . . . [Its] wonderfully unruly heart . . . bolsters the notion that amateur field guides are living books . . . personal works, in the same way that Emily Dickinson’s poems are personal. . . . ‘Green Leaf’ is all about the joys of looking hard.”—Dana Jennings, New York Times
New York Times||“Stunning . . . an astonishing array of works . . . showing us the ingenious ways artists observe and depict the natural world. The volume’s carefully orchestrated rhythm of images and words reveals Fairman’s fruitful collaboration with book designer Miko McGinty. Short texts, sprinkled throughout . . . offer lively commentary on the beautifully photographed plates.”—Brooke Hodge, Artforum
Artforum||‘The sheer beauty of some of the watercolours, prints and paper-cuts is astounding. They make me long to sit for days in the Yale library and leaf through the other pages. And the book is flawlessly produced, right down to the pocket at the back to tuck your own cuttings in, and ribbon markers in Farrow & Ball hues.’—Augusta Pownall, The Spectator
The Spectator||‘Of Green Leaf, Bird and Flower is more like an album: whimsical, eclectic and full of surprises.’—Susan Owens, World of Interiors
World of Interiors||‘There’s something charmingly retro about this volume, which is deliberately designed to evoke an old-fashioned fieldwork book, complete with a pocket in the back for your own notes and specimens.’—Caroline Bugler, V&A Magazine
V&A Magazine||'Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower is a lavishly illustrated compilation of essays about the Yale Center for British Art. . . This beautiful tome. . . is a fine overview of a truly magnificent British obsession.’—Louise Fabiani, TLS
TLS||Shortlisted for the 2014 Authors' Club Book Prize
Authors' Club||“An example of exquisite bookmaking”—Sara Evans, Art of the Times
Art of the Times||“Elegantly designed . . . almost an artist’s book in itself . . . [and] an important contribution to the study of how artists see and depict nature through the medium of the book.”—Stephen J. Bury, Print Quarterly
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