Nigel Henderson, Parallel of Life and Art; Victoria Walsh, Thames and Hudson, 2001.
This is almost definitely the best book I have yet come across in the library. It’s become a sort of inspirational presence within my studio space. You’d think there’d be nothing else I could get from it I’ve looked at it so much, but somehow each time I do I’m as absorbed as I was the first time.
Most of the illustrations and photos in here are black and white, which is pretty unusual for a modern book.
Nigel Henderson was best mates will Paolozzi. That should say a lot.
There’s street photography, photograms, collage, assemblage, sculpture. He has such a consistently good eye in all of it. But for me the most interesting parts are the bits that document the exhibitions he put on - Parallel of Life and Art in 1953, and Patio and Pavilion in the famous ‘This is Tomorrow’ exhibition of 1956.
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