8 artists’ books by Fernando Aguiar

Unique copies, signed and dated by the author, distributed by Granary Books in June 2022. [Images. Links]

All images and descriptions courtesy of Granary Books (https://www.granarybooks.com) and Fernando Aguiar.

Fernando Aguiar, (A)VERBAL, 2018 >

Self-published, 2018. Item #3084. Oblong blue wrappers, 11 9/16 x 4 1/2 in., 16 leaves (32 pp.), bound with two metal bolts. The cover is painted in acrylic on 400 gr. cardstock. Interior pages are painted with acrylic paint, and hand-stamped. Of the work, the artist notes: “unlike most of my artist books, this one has no reference to verbal signs, resulting in a purely visual book.” Signed by Aguiar on the inside back cover. Fine.

Source of images and description: https://www.granarybooks.com/pages/books/3084/fernando-aguiar/a-verbal

Fernando Aguiar, BOO OOO OOK 3, 2011 >

Self-published, 2011. Item #3087. Red wrappers with flaps, 15 x 10 1/4 in., 24 pp., silk colophon. According to the artist, the images were produced using acrylic paint on vegetal paper, upon which metal and wood stamps were hand-applied with additional acrylic paint. Signed by Aguiar on inside back cover. Fine.

Source of images and description: https://www.granarybooks.com/pages/books/3087/fernando-aguiar/boo-ooo-ook-3

Fernando Aguiar, BOO OX #5, 2018 >

Self-published, 2018. Item #3081. Box made of brown paper over thin boards, 6 1/4 x 8 1/4 in. The box contains 30 monoprints made by hand with acrylic inks on paper and cardboard, each measuring approx. 5 1/16 x 7 7/16 in. and stamped on the back with the poet’s name. The prints are wrapped in tissue paper. A label with title and poet’s name is pasted to the cover of the box along with two 3-dimensional letters also pasted to the cover. There is no specific order for the prints, except according to the colophon, “the one given by the author in the act of binding.” There is a signed and dated colophon (in Portuguese) at the bottom of the box; an English translation of the colophon acts as a title page. Unique edition.

Source of images and description: https://www.granarybooks.com/pages/books/3081/fernando-aguiar/boo-ox-5

Fernando Aguiar, Certificate of Authenticity, n.d. >

Self published, n.d. Item #3088. Broadside, 11 7/16 x 8 1/4 in. From the artist: “I have always found it redundant for a contemporary artist (especially if he is alive…), to create a work of art, sign it (as is common in these cases…) and then initial or sign a ‘paper’ saying that this work is authentic (supposedly with the same signature with which you signed the work…). It seems obvious to me that someone who has the ability to falsify a work of art (whether drawing, painting, sculpture…) will also have the ability to falsify the respective certificate. So, and ‘extremely concerned about this issue,’ I decided to create a Certificate of Authenticity that is effectively authentic. The initial project (in 2018) was to print this certificate on canvas, measuring 100×150 cm, in an edition of 10 copies, numbered and signed, but in the meantime, I made this edition on paper (in 2020), with a print run of 100 numbered and signed copies.” This is from the edition of 100 copies, numbered and signed by Aguiar. Fine.

Source of images and description: https://www.granarybooks.com/pages/books/3088/fernando-aguiar/certificate-of-authenticity

Fernando Aguiar, IMAGO, 2019 >

Self-published, 2019. Item #3085. Metal spiral bound in paper over boards, 12 x 12 in., 38 pp. A monoprint measuring 9 7/8 x 5 1/8 in. is pasted to the cover together with individual 3-dimensional acrylic letters that spell the title. For this unique edition, in 2011, Aguiar painted sheets with acrylic paint and hand-printed metal stamps, also in acrylic. In 2019, he describes his process of reworking these initial pages: “I took some of these painted sheets, cut them, and glued these sections of painted paper on a support in cardboard, according to a previously outlined structure.” Signed on the cover by Aguiar, with the date of the book’s binding. Fine.

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Fernando Aguiar, DA REVOLUÇÃO AO INDUSTRIAL [From Revolution to Industrial], 2018 >

Self-published, 2018. Item #3086. Oblong black vinyl wrappers, 14 3/8 x 4 3/4 in., 16 leaves (32 pp.), bound with polypropylene, screws, and nuts. Cover painted in acrylic. According to Aguiar, this unique book “is made by hand-printing metal engravings, repeating the same graphic elements from page to page, with small alterations of these elements on the page, as well as in the intensity with which they are printed,” accompanied also by elements of graphic punctuation. He continues: “it’s an artist’s book with a strong conceptual component.” Signed by Aguiar on the final page. Fine.

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Fernando Aguiar, O DEDO (poema em 22 andamentos) [THE FINGER, poem in 22 movements], 1981/1986 >

Self-published, 1981. Item #3082. Brown paper wrappers, 4 1/4 x 12 3/16 in., 32 pp., with one of the poems (no. 14) pasted to the cover and treated with fingerprints in several colors. A segment of the cover has been cut out to reveal the title and poet’s name on the half-title page. The poems are in Portuguese. Of this work, Aguiar notes: “the 22 movements of this book are themed around the finger, through verbal, experimental and visual poems. My most published poem ever (more than 50 times, in magazines, anthologies and catalogues) entitled ‘Dois dedos de conversa’ (small talk), created in 1978, is included in this book.” He notes that this work was published in 1981, with a print run of 1000 copies that “practically sold out.” Aguiar continues: “In 1986, with a part of the remaining books, I made a series of collages on the cover of these books, with pieces of pages from copies that had been returned by bookstores with folds, creases or with dirty or torn covers, to which I ‘printed’ my own fingerprints with stamp ink. All covers have collages and ‘fingerprints’ with different shapes and colors.”

Source of images and description: https://www.granarybooks.com/pages/books/3082/fernando-aguiar/o-dedo-poema-em-22-andamentos-the-finger-poem-in-22-movements

Fernando Aguiar, Verbalidades #1 [Verbalities #1], 2017 >

Self-published, 2017. Item #3083. Oblong, dark brown wrappers bound with two metal bolts, 8 x 5 1/2 in. 24 pp. For this unique edition, Aguiar painted the pages of the book on folded laid paper with acrylic paint, and hand-printed them with metal stamps. He notes that two books were made with different paintings, but the same characteristics (in terms of dimensions, binding, and silk paper colophon, present here). Signed and dated by Aguiar on inside back cover.

Source of images and description: https://www.granarybooks.com/pages/books/3083/fernando-aguiar/verbalidades-1-verbalities-1

[We are grateful to Granary Books and Fernando Aguiar for the authorization that allowed this entry to be made available in the PO.EX Digital Archive]