The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art in North London is currently showing Cut & Paste: European Photomontage 1920-1945, and I highly recommend it to graphics lovers, type fanatics, arch-modernists and incurable romantics of all kinds. The last part may seem strange for an exhibition that includes doctored pictures of Hitler and the victims of Madrid, and much revolutionary propaganda and exhortations to Master Technology and Increase the Ranks of Proletarian Specialists, but it’s at the heart of my appreciation.
Bookkake launched on an inauspicious day for publishers: on the same morning, the home of Martin Rynja, director of independent publisher Gibson Square, was the subject of an attempted arson attack, apparently in connection with an upcoming novel. It would be nice to think these were just opportunists, but the presence of police officers already tailing the group suggests otherwise. This was a planned attack, and for obvious reasons.
Gibson Square specialises in political and current topics. Books such as Londonistan by Melanie Phillips and Blowing Up Russia by Yuri Felshtinsky and the late Alexander Litvinenko have stirred up controversy for different reasons, but it is the publication of Sherry Jones’ The Jewel of Medina which is believed to be the spur for recent events.
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