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Creator:
Hogan, Eileen, 1946-
Title(s):

The poetry box / [Eileen Hogan].

Published/Created:
London : Pit Pony Press, [2003]
Physical Description:
[80] cards : col. ill., ports. ; 55 x 90 mm. + 1 booklet ([36] p.) ; 17 cm. and 1 Perspex box ; 10 x 13 x 17.5 cm.
Holdings:
Rare Books and Manuscripts
N7433.4.H64 P64 2003 Flat A
Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art Fund
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Related Content:
View catalog record for a late-18th century example of the game utagaruta in the collections of the Yale Center for British Art
Classification:
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
Notes:
"Designed, typeset and printed by the Libanus Press."--colophon.
Limited edition of 50 copies.
Archival material concerning the present work is now in the collections of the Yale Center for British Art, Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts.
BAC: British Art Center copy is no. 8 of 50, signed by the artist. A postcard about the related exhibition has been removed to the contemporary book artists' file.
"The Poetry Box 2003 is a text and image artwork presented as a game investigating the relationship between words and images and exploring the conventions of portraiture. It grew from an invitation for Eileen to participate in an exhibition, Acts of Renewal, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2002 where a number of artists were invited to respond to an artefact in the museum's Japanese collection. Eileen chose a 19th-century poetry card game, uta karuta [or utagaruta], whose origins combine a traditional clamshell-matching game with European playing cards. Uta karuta relies on the players having knowledge of the hyakunin ishu, an anthology of 31-syllable poems by different poets. As there is no comparable, universally-known canon of poetry in Britain, Eileen mirrored the mix of structure and randomness in the game itself by inviting one hundred people to nominate a poem for inclusion. They were a cross-section of age, occupation and background and their choices provided a small-scale survey of who has been reading what and why at the beginning of the 21st century. The game comprises the first and last lines of poems on cards that have related images, including portraits of the poets on the verso. The aim is to match the first and last lines."--Artist's website, accessed February 13, 2018.
Subject Terms:
Artists' books -- Great Britain.
Card games -- Exhibitions.
Poetry -- Collections.
Utagaruta (Game)
Form/Genre:
Artists' books -- Great Britain.
Games -- Great Britain.
Playing cards.
Recreations -- Great Britain.
Multiples.
Contributors:
Libanus Press, printer.
Pit Pony Press, publisher.
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