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Derek Jarman's Sketchbooks [Hardcover]

Stephen Farthing , Ed Webb-Ingall
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9 Sep 2013
There are few more complete examples of an artists record of their own life than the intimately detailed and beautifully produced handmade books that Derek Jarman created throughout his career. Seen together they reveal the story of how he gathered, shaped and made concrete his ideas. Containing poetry, drawings, pressed flowers, photographs, excerpts from scripts and notes, the sketchbooks are part autobiography and part social history, layered and bursting with the energy and creativity not only of this groundbreaking film-maker and artist, but also of London in the 1970s and 80s. Wholly private during his lifetime, these precious books are an intimate pictorial record of the relationship between Jarmans personal and professional life, revealing the detailed planning and research, and creative and emotional engagement, behind each of his films.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (9 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500516944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500516942
  • Product Dimensions: 27.3 x 21.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Annotated scripts for all of his films are included, resulting in a remarkable, once-private archive that fans will savour. --The Bookseller

The book will delight Jarman's still-growing faithful, for whom he remains a unique and irreplaceable artist and provocateur. --The Observer

This 250-page posthumous collection, put together by Stephen Farthing and Ed Webb-Ingall, offers an insight into his creative process, combining his memos, drawings, poems, collages and scripts. --Shortlist

The late, great art-house doyen Derek Jarman's sketchbooks are artworks in themselves: enchanting tapestries woven from annotated scripts, scribbled camera moves, impossibly neat handwritten notes and poems and scrapbook samples from his life and work. --Empire

Seen together for the first time here, [his sketchbooks] reveal the story of how he gathered his ideas. --Gay Times

Derek Jarman's Sketchbooks distils the many strands that made up Jarman's work - humour, torrential creativity, romanticism and the palpable political anger that burned fiercely during the dog days of Thatcherism. --Dazed & Confused

Looks set to be a must-have for the coffee table. --Attitude

it's wonderful to have in print even the partial view of his alchemical modus operandi that Derek Jarman's Sketchbooks provides. --Sight & Sound

This book cements Jarman's status as a man who made a large proportion of his waking hours into rapt, heroic art. --The Daily Telegraph

Beautiful. --Harper's Bazaar

A skilfully curated compendium, in which newspaper cuttings, lines from screenplays, production notes and pressed flowers are juxtaposed with a playfulness that evokes the energy of Jarman's best work. --New Statesman

A welcome opportunity to revisit the extraordinary life and work of this complex man ... This painstakingly constructed portrait serves to renew a sense of respect and awe for a man who operated fearlessly, in often dark times. --The World of Interiors

A precious relic of an era that was 'pre-laptop, pre-Photoshop', when creativity was manual, not digital; it is also an entrancing vindication of the book as an object of art. --Peter Conrad, The Observer

A book of books: it folds the artist and writer's life into one chronological stream, packaging his previously unpublished manuscripts into a beautifully curated compendium ... an important contribution to the literature on Jarman's life and work ... Derek Jarman's Sketchbooks is as multi-textured as the polymath maker it commemorates. --The Times Literary Supplement

More than just production notes to Jarman's films, these Sketchbooks capture the creative and personal life of one of the late 20th-century's finest artists. --The Quietus

This facsimile of the eccentric artist and filmmaker's personal albums, with his jottings in calligraphic fountain pen, simply wouldn't be possible on a Kindle. They belong to another time, another place. --The Spectator

Bestselling ... exquisite photographs ... [has] turned a tabloid monster into a national treasure. --The Independent

Brings Jarman and his art into fuller and more luminous perspective ... painstakingly edited and strikingly reproduced. --New Statesman

A welcome opportunity to revisit the extraordinary life and work of this complex man ... This painstakingly constructed portrait serves to renew a sense of respect and awe for a man who operated fearlessly, in often dark times. --The World of Interiors

A precious relic of an era that was 'pre-laptop, pre-Photoshop', when creativity was manual, not digital; it is also an entrancing vindication of the book as an object of art. --Peter Conrad, The Observer

A book of books: it folds the artist and writer's life into one chronological stream, packaging his previously unpublished manuscripts into a beautifully curated compendium ... an important contribution to the literature on Jarman's life and work ... Derek Jarman's Sketchbooks is as multi-textured as the polymath maker it commemorates. --The Times Literary Supplement

This facsimile of the eccentric artist and filmmaker's personal albums, with his jottings in calligraphic fountain pen, simply wouldn't be possible on a Kindle. They belong to another time, another place. --The Spectator

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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful insight . . . 1 Mar 2014
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A beautifully producd book and a real insight into the creative processes and intellectual depth of his pioneering and multi-talented artist, still sadly missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 24 Jan 2014
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Interesting, well presented, would recommend to anyone who is interested in Derek Jarman. Makes a great present and a great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Derek Jarman ; an irreplaceable man and spirit 15 Nov 2013
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This beautiful facsimile of the alst notebooks of the poet gardener film mkaer writer maestro and impresario Derek Jarman is to be relished treasured and returned to-and sharedw ith those you most care for
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful book 31 Dec 2013
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I have seldom felt ripped off by a book, but this one accomplished that. Sketches to me are drawings of people, places or things. These 'sketches' are nothing more than pictures of 'stuff'. Things like ticket stubs, programs, illegible scribbling and most fascinating of all, the covers of his books, e.g. dogeared brown squares. It took me about twenty minutes to go through it before throwing it in the trash. Farthing must have had his tongue firmly in his cheek when he created this. Hopefully after people learn what it is, he won't be laughing all the way to the bank.
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