Barcelona, Spain: Carnets de Peintre, 2003. Limited Edition. Hardcover. 2002-2003. Miquel Barceló The artist’s handwritten pages have been transcribed under the supervision of José Díaz for printing at the Atelier du Livre d’Art et de l’Estampe at the Imprimerie Nationale.
The manual typesetting consists of placing the letters one by one in a drawer, creating the printing layout line by line. Making a typographic cliché implies an original document that is photographed or scanned at a certain scale, obtaining a negative from the clichés that are created in relief on a magnesium plate. The printing entails transferring the characters and illustrations arranged on the metal plate onto paper.
The print run and the number of prints per page are agreed by the artist and editor, and the resulting plates are later destroyed, ensuring no more copies can be made.
To ensure print quality, images and watercolours are scanned from an original in a high-quality file (1440 dpi). After touch-up work, the files are converted to tiff format and are printed in four colours, with colour fidelity to the original.
The inks used are based on ultrachrome pigment (a coloured liquid composed of minerals) to guarantee the stability and longevity of the prints on suitable quality paper.
Handmade sheets of paper (with an output of 80 pages per day) are made of cotton linen using a pH-neutral glue at the factory of the Capellades Paper Mill Museum, under the supervision of Victoria Rabal.
This book combines the computer processing of colour technology and the quality of traditional typographical machines at the Atelier du Livre d’Art et de l’Estampe at the Imprimerie Nationale, directed by Christian Jourdain. Fine in Fine Archival Box. Tight, bright, and unmarred. Red cloth binding, paper onlay, gatefold dos-á-dos binding, color printed onlay labels, color printed endpages, mixed media, techniques include typographic print, chromolithography, phototype, helioprint, plates and prints using a selection of colours for the prints from original digital sources; matching archival case. 8vo. np. Illus. (color and b/w plates). Limited edition of 99 copies and 5 hors commerce copies. Signed by the artist. Item #9934