Author: Jean-Clarence Lambert (*1930)
Artist: Kumi Sugaï (1919 - 1996)
Jean-Clarence Lambert had only just avoided an accident himself when his friend Kumi Sugaï was in a serious car crash. After returning from a summer holiday with his wife, Sugaï lost control of the wheel while passing another car (at 125 mph!) and ended up in hospital. This was the occasion that inspired Lambert to write the poem Accident. Lambert wrote, for instance: 'Mais accélerer, c'est errer sans accès.'. (But to accelerate is to wander without access.)
After the accident, Sugaï had to be assisted in his work by two young Japanese artists. Nevertheless, he would not be kept from creating five original etchings – variations on his initial 'S' and the racetrack theme – to illustrate the poems. It is therefore hardly surprising that Sugaï included numerous traffic elements in Accident, such as arrows, red lines, asphalt, mud, yield lines, sharp turns and blind spots, with cadmium red, white and asphalt black as his basic colours.
Atelier RLD was responsible for the publication of this artist's book. The abbreviation stands for printing, engraving and publishing couple Robert and Lydie Dutrou, but the Atelier was opened in 1973 by Lydie Dutrou. Robert Dutrou (1930-1999) previously worked as a printer for renowned Galerie Maeght, where he assisted great artists like Braque, Masson and Miró. Lydie and Robert produced bibliophile book editions and artist's books from their own studio. Besides being a graphic arts centre, the Atelier RLD later also became a dynamic practice and a hatching ground for young engravers.
Description: Accident / Jean-Clarence Lambert ; [5 gravures orig. de] Sugaï; – Paris: Dutrou, 1992. - Leporello. : ill. ; 54 cm
Printer: Dutrou (Paris)
Edition: 135 copies
This copy: Nummer VIII of 135 on Moulin de Pombié. One of the 20 E.A. copies numbered from I to XX reserved for the author and the artist.
Note: Signed by the author and the artist. The five original etchings are signed by the artist.
Bibliography: Bénézit 13-348
Shelfmark: KW Koopm E 50
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