PRINT December 2014


Brooke Hodge

As winter’s chill sets in, Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower: Artists’ Books and the Natural World (Yale University Press) beckons with the promise of a delicious wander through the meadows, hedgerows, and brambles of Britain. Nature, seen through the eyes of British artists ranging from self-taught naturalists to contemporary practitioners, many of them women, is the subject of this stunning publication from the Yale Center for British Art. The center’s senior curator of rare books and manuscripts, Elisabeth Fairman, has assembled an astonishing array of works—among them such highlights as the delightfully stylized drawings of flora and fauna in Helmingham Herbal and Bestiary (ca. 1500); Tracey Bush’s “Nine Wild Plants,” 2006, a series of collages made from discarded paper wrappers found on London’s streets; and Julie Cockburn’s intricate pop-up Beetles Book, 1965—showing

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