The Blue Book

The Blue Book

Naxos, Greece, 1998

Unique hand-made book, 15.5 x 22cm. Textured cover and fifty pages, predominantly in shades of blue, some dove grey, with petals, leaves, berries and thread incorporated in the paper, all hand-made and hand-stitched by the artist. No text.

 



Thalassa

Thalassa

Florence, 1999 - 2000

Artist’s book hand-made by the artist in 21 versions, each signed and numbered by the artist. Cover size variable approximately17 x 27.5cm, hand-made and hand-painted paper and stitched with gold thread by the artist. Forty internal pages 14.5 x 22cm, Ingres paper, some containing colour xeroxes of original works by the artist, others hand-painted with texts hand-written in gold ink by the artist. Each book follows the same format and is part of a series but is also unique as the painted pages and script vary. The colours are predominantly shades of blue and gold. The book is about the idea of the Sea and Origins.

 

 



A walk in the woods

A walk in the woods

Florence 2000

Artist’s book digitally printed in an edition of 50 copies on the occasion of the exhibition “We Map Out Our Obsessions”, Florence, 2000. Each copy signed and numbered by the artist. Soft bound with transparent protective cover printed with the title in Red. Fifty-two pages 11x15.5cm combine images by the artist and text by the artist printed in red on Colotech 160gsm paper on the theme of Woman, Femininity and the Cycle of Nature.

Concept and layout by Rea Stavropoulos.
Printed in Florence by La Stamperia di Massimo Massaini



Danzare la Vita

Danzare la Vita

Bologna 2001

Unique book recording the dance sequences for the rehearsal and filming of “Danzare la Vita” (Dance into Life) at the Teatro San Martino in the deconsecrated Church of San Martino, Bologna. Principal dancer and choreographer Samuella Bianchi with Francesco and Maruska. Hard bound, cover with colourful Florentine design, 98 pages 8.7 x 9.7cm, drawings using conté No.2 extra fine drawing pencil.

 




Dance, Dreams and Journeys - 
          fragments of a life

Dance, Dreams and Journeys – fragments of a life

Florence, 2003

Edition of 50, each signed and numbered by the artist. 116 pages, 13 x 17cm, digital prints from original drawings in the artist’s sketchbooks 1973-2003 and texts by the artist on Colotech 160gsm paper. Plain scarlet cover. Hand bound with Murillo 360 gsm. Sections include “The Seventies”; “From Sri Lanka to India, by train and boat”; “Family”; “Travels through Greece”; “Dance – Rhythm in Space”.

Concept and layout by Rea Stavropoulos.
Printed in Florence by La Stamperia di Massimo Massaini



Meditations - Florence,           Tivoli, Ninfa

Meditations – Florence, Tivoli, Ninfa

2004

Unique loose leaf book, primrose yellow cover tied with orange and grey string. Two end pages of grey cardboard. 24 pages of scarlet Ingres paper, 29.5 x 21 cm, with colour xerox copies of works from sketchbooks glued on to them, images measuring 29.5 x 10.5 cm, predominantly soft greens, ochre and darker cypress green, allow red borders of backing paper to show on either side. The images are of statues, trees, reflections in the gardens of Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli, Ninfa near Rome and Boboli Gardens in Florence, all painted over a week in November 2004. The pages are interleaved with powder blue tissue paper 29.5 x 21cm and smaller strips of the same tissue paper and of grey Ingres paper with quotations hand-written in red ink from poets and writers: Keats, Marguerite Yourcenar, Flaubert, Marvell, Marina Warner, Frank O’Hara.

 



Juego de Dados 2005

Juego de Dados 2005

Florence, 2004

Spiral bound calendar/book digitally produced in an edition of 30 copies, each signed and numbered by the artist, containing the artist’s twelve images for the Game of Dice exhibition in Barcelona 2004, the artist’s lay-out for the completion of the dice and two photographs from the exhibition. 32 pages, including cover page, 15 x 21.2cm. The cover reproduces a hand-written text by the artist written as a message for the New Year. The edition was produced to be circulated to friends of the artist.

Concept and layout by Rea Stavropoulos.
Printed in Florence by La Stamperia di Massimo Massaini



Hommage à Lewigue

Hommage à Lewigue

Porto Alegre, Brazil 2005

Unique hand-made book conceived by Javier Quintanilla to commemorate fellow artist Jean-Marie Lewigue and to be presented and exhibited at the exhibition “Jogo de Dados” (Game of Dice), Casa de Cultura Màrio Quintana, Porto Alegre, Brazil, after which it was given to Lewigue’s widow.
Collaborative work: each of the seven artists was invited to contribute four pages on 300gm hand-made paper 60 x 35cm and was given complete freedom as to style, medium and content. Rea Stavropoulos’s four pages are concerned with issues of life, death, the struggle of the artist for independence and ideas of transcendence as discussed in Rilke’s Duino Elegies and through the figure of the Angel. They include hand-painted images using watercolour, crayon, pencil and ink and hand-written texts. Each artist worked separately, in Barcelona, Madrid, Florence and Porto Alegre and the pages were then sent to Javier Quintanilla who assembled the book. Rea Stavropoulos’s four pages form the final part of the book.



Secret Gardens

Secret Gardens

Florence 2001 - 2006

Unique free-standing sculptural book, can assume different forms for display e.g. circle, semi-circle, spiral, open circle. Can be opened up to be read and viewed like a scroll retro and verso. Each is hand-painted in watercolour on 200gm Fabriano paper and includes a scene from Boboli Gardens in the interior part of the circle and paintings of flowers punctuating the artist’s prose poem “Secret Gardens”, which is hand-written in red ink on the external part. The flowers and plants and their positioning are unique to each work. Twelve versions of this piece have been produced to date, each varying in size, but approximately 10 x 70.7cm (size of sheet when stretched open) for the smaller ones, and 21.3 x 162cm for the larger versions. Each version is signed and dated by the artist.



Secret Gardens

Secret Gardens

Florence, 2006

Digitally produced to accompany the artist’s exhibition and installation “Secret Gardens” at La Corte Arte Contemporanea, Florence, May 2006. Edition of 300 (100 signed and numbered by the artist). Soft bound, it has a separate detachable stone coloured protective cover with the title printed in red. The two inside flaps have an introduction to the Secret Gardens project written by the artist in Italian and English. 32 pages, 10 x 20cm, reproduce images of works from the Secret Gardens project, video stills, performances, installations, work in progress. There are two articles by Lucia Fiaschi and Mo Throp printed in both English and Italian. The artist’s prose poem “Secret Gardens” is included in the original English, with an Italian translation.

Concept and layout by Rea Stavropoulos.
Photographs by Rea Stavropoulos and Paolo Mariani.
Printed in Florence by La Stamperia di Massimo Massaini



Paperwork for Sian

Florence, 2007

Unique free-standing sculptural book  with images of figure, hands, plants, abstract and organic forms hand-painted in watercolour  on paper retro and verso and the artist’s “Secret Gardens” prose poem hand-written in red ink between the images recto and verso.
Can be opened up to be read and viewed like a scroll and may be manipulated into different forms for display e.g. spiral, semi-circle, circle, so size is variable. Size of sheet when  stretched open 10 x 70.5 cm. Signed and dated by the artist.

 

 






Mythologies 2009 - Rea Zoe Stavropoulos

Mythologies 2009 - Rea Zoe Stavropoulos

Florence, 2009

Digitally produced to accompany the artist's exhibition and installation "Mythologies 2009 - Rea Zoe Stavropoulos" at "Il Comignolo", Sasso Barisano, Matera, Southern Italy, September 2009. Edition of 120 each signed and numbered by the artist. Texts by the artist in English: "Reflections on Names and Places", "Do Names Shape Destinies?", "Choròs/ Chòros Dance/ Space" and in Italian "Riflessioni su Nomi e Luoghi", "Nomi e Destini - Matera", "Choròs/ Chòros Danza/ Spazio".
Soft bound, it has a separate detachable red coloured cover, with the title printed in black on the front cover and other texts printed on the back cover. 20 pages, 14cm x 14cm , reproduce images from the "Mythologies" series and the "Dancers" series and there are two pages of "Fragments" where self portrait images of the artist dancing, walking and painting are juxtaposed with "fragments" of the works.

Concept and layout by Rea Stavropoulos.
Photographs by Rea Stavropoulos and Paolo Mariani
Printed in Florence by La Stamperia di Massimo Massaini