Susan Howe and R. H. Quaytman

Edition Review

  • Susan Howe and R. H. Quaytman, Tom Tit Tot (2014)

  • Bound book with letterpress, silkscreen, and digital printing, 12 3/4 x 10 inches. Edition of 95. Printed by the Grenfell Press, with Brett Groves, Axelle Editions, and the Lower East Side Printshop, New York. Published by the Library Council of the Museum of Modern Art. $3,000. Deluxe edition including a further print by Quaytman published in an edition of 26. $8,000.

The title of this artist’s book by poet Susan Howe and her daughter, the artist R. H. Quaytman, comes from an English variant of the folk tale Rumpelstiltskin. In this telling, a young woman saves her life and gains her freedom by guessing the name of a strange creature who has come to her aid in the impossible task of spinning fives skeins of flax a day for a month. The resourcefulness and ingenuity of remarkable women are two of the many themes that run through this engrossing, conceptually prismatic edition.

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