Book coverDynasty
Book coverDynasty
Book coverDynasty
Book coverDynasty

Artist Thomas Raat and designer Edwin van Gelder (Mainstudio) have often made books together before, and here too their collaboration pays dividends. Dynasty is an overview of Raat’s work from the past ten years. A slightly more standard monograph than previous books resulting from this partnership, but one showing strong materiality and clear, well thought-out choices. The content is ordered in accordance with a set pattern, with the oeuvre being examined in four ways: pictorial (photos of objects), physical (exhibition photos), reflective (essays) and practical (index with technical details). Each of the four sections has its own dedicated paper type and grid. This may sound rather conceptual and rigid, yet the impression made as a result is energetic. Hard choices have clearly been made in the selection of images, and this results in a good rhythm. Exhibition photographs are notoriously hard to work with, but thanks to this strong selection even they come across well here. The different paper types – a combination of coated and uncoated – have been well chosen and lend the object photos in particular an added intensity. Some members of the jury considered the cover to be less convincing. The front board in particular with its symbol – a detail from Raat’s work – reveals little about what can be found inside.

Edition: 2022
Date of publication: June 22
Author: Thomas Raat
Language: English
Translator: Caspar Wijers
Final editor: Thomas Raat
Image editor: Thomas Raat, Edwin van Gelder
Photographer: Peter Abrahams, Danielle van Ark, Tom Carter, Charlott Markus, Peter Tijhuis, Willem Vermaase, Benjamin van Witsen
Artist: Thomas Raat (text: Robert van Altena, Nick Hackworth, Hans den Hartog Jager)
Publisher: Distanz, Berlin (DE)
Available through: Bookshop, webshop
Graphic designer: Mainstudio (Edwin van Gelder) (Amsterdam), Mainstudio (Gianluca Flütsch) (Amsterdam)
Lithographer: Zwaan Lenoir (Marco Kokkelkoren), Wormerveer
Printer: Zwaan Lenoir, Wormerveer
Binder: Boekbinderij Patist, Den Dolder
Size book block (w x h x d in mm): 215 x 280 x 23
Number of pages: 312
Print run: 1000
Price: € 38
ISBN: 9783954764815
Font and foundry: Diatype (ADC Dinamo), Bradford Regular (Lineto), Bradford Mono (Lineto)
Binding style: Sewn Patabind with flaps
Paper for interior (grammage): 90gsm UPM Sol, 80gsm Holmen TRND, 120gsm Rainbow Zalm, 120gsm Crush Kiwi, Igepa
Material cover (grammage): 300gsm Incada Silk, Antalis
Special features: Cover printed in black and two Pantone colours (salmon pink and light green) mixed at the printing press, black foil (KURZ Colorit 912) (KuiperDonse, Utrecht), interior printed partly in CMYK, Pantone 206 (dark pink), black, cover printed using three different rasters