Book Launch - Tom Phillips: A Humument 6th Edition
15 November, 6:00 – 8:00pm
In 1966 the artist Tom Phillips set himself a task: to find a second-hand book for threepence and alter every page, by painting, collage or cut-up techniques, to create an entirely new version. He found his threepenny novel in a junk shop on Peckham Rye, south London. It was 'A Human Document' (1892), an obscure Victorian romance by W. H. Mallock.
First published in 1973, 'A Humument' — as Phillips titled his altered book — quickly established itself as a cult classic. Since then, Phillips has been working towards a complete revision of the original 'A Humument', replacing pages in successive editions. This process is now finished. Published by Thames & Hudson, the final edition presents, for the first time, an entirely revised and complete version of 'A Humument' and brings to a close half a century of artistic endeavor.
RSVP to join us for the book launch event at Flowers Gallery, where the artist will be signing copies.