The art of sedition

In a brilliantly seditious act artist David Batchelor has used a copy of the first issue of art journal October as a canvas for his latest series of drawings.

The October Colouring in Book by David Batchelor
The October Colouring in Book by David Batchelor

Art theory and criticism journal October was first published in 1976 and any images it has published have always been in black and white.

The October Colouring in Book by David Batchelor

With this in mind Batchelor has looked to jazz it up a little, transposing his latest drawings onto its pages in a vaguely iconoclastic way.

The October Colouring in Book by David Batchelor

The result is a visually transformative journal, now known as the October Colouring in Book, which reveals the artist’s latest investigations into colour.

The new improved version of the book has been reproduced by publisher Common Editions which says: “Circles, triangles and rectangles of brilliant transparent colour and planes of opaque black celebrate colour, placing it above the language of art theory, and back at the centre of artistic practice.”

The October Colouring in Book by David Batchelor

The book has been designed by Stinsensqueeze and allows for full-size images to dominate each page while also showing some of the imperfections of the original copy. 

The October Colouring in Book by David Batchelor

There are also a set of 50 screen prints available to buy at £120, which are signed and numbered, and have been hand finished by the artist after the printing process. 

October Colouring-In Book is published by Common Editions and Riding House, priced £12 and you can see the works it contains at the Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915–2015 exhibition.

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