JAB32 Fall 2012


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JAB32: From Portugal

Editors note
by Brad Freeman

In JAB32 guest editors Catarina Figueiredo Cardoso and Isabel Baraona have assembled essays written expressly for JAB by the current best and most active Portuguese scholars, writers, artists, and publishers. These essays trace the history, ideas, people, and works that define Portuguese experimental publishing, art, and poetry from the latter half of the twentieth century up to now.



Experimental work is often defined, at least partially, as being in opposition to the larger cultural milieu. In the 1950s, 1960s, and up to the early 1970s much of the innovative art and writing being produced in Portugal formed positions which contrasted the autocratic Estado Novo that had ruled the country and its far flung colonies for forty years. Some of this work, for instance the magazine KWY which is written about in these pages, was produced by artists who were in exile due to the repressive political and cultural conditions at home. These artists and writers actively engaged with the larger international art and poetry scenes which espoused ideas of cultural criticism and individual freedom that would not have been welcomed or sanctioned by the Estado Novo. Since the Carnation Revolution of 1974 the Portuguese cultural scene, in terms of new work that gives voice to a more diverse community of ideas, has grown and continues to flourish.


Various artists, KWY covers 1958 - 1964.
Photography by Filipe Braga



I sincerely thank Cardoso for her tireless and meticulous work on these essays, which reflect the earnest and exemplary scholarship by the authors. JAB is privileged to provide a forum for these valuable and timely contributions about a little known and largely ignored history.

JAB32 was offset printed on the Heidelberg GTO at the Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College Chicago by Jenna Rodriguez, Claire Sammons, and Mirabelle Jones under my supervision. Rodriguez and Sammons are Print Production Fellows and graduate students in the Interdisciplinary Arts Book and Paper MFA program at CCC. Jones is an intern and currently enrolled in the Book Arts/Writing MFA program at Mills College in Oakland. The paper is Mohawk Superfine ultrawhite smooth. Isabel Baraona painted and designed the images for the outside and inside covers. Baraona also painted and designed the artist’s book in the envelope attached to the inside back cover. Two essays about her books were published in JAB30, fall 2011.



Luan Barros and Mirabelle Jones videotaping Books Received
for the
JAB ONLINE page of the website.

Special thanks are given to Karol Shewmaker and Rod Slemmons for their assistance in copy-editing. Thanks to Luan Barros for his ongoing video work for JAB, and Kathi Beste as our intrepid webmaster. JAB is indexed in The H.W. Wilson Company, Art Abstracts, CSA’s ARTbibliographies Modern, and in Bibliography of the History of Art.

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JAB32 was offset printed on the Heidelberg GTO at the Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College Chicago by Jenna Rodriguez, Claire Sammons, and Mirabelle Jones under my supervision. Rodriguez and Sammons are Print Production Fellows and graduate students in the Interdisciplinary Arts Book and Paper MFA program at CCC. Jones is an intern and currently enrolled in the Book Arts/Writing MFA program at Mills College in Oakland. Digital files were imageset at CBPA on the Agfa Avantra 25. The paper The fonts are Ehrhardt and Stymie, kindly recommended by the inimitable and knowledgable Alastair Johnston.
This marks the return of a slab serif used in previous issues with Memphis, a copy of the more reputable Stymie.
is Mohawk Superfine, Ultrawhite, smooth.

Isabel Baraona painted and designed the images for the outside and inside covers. Baraona also painted and designed the artist’s book in the envelope attached to the inside back cover. Two essays about her books were published in JAB30, fall 2011.
Special thanks are given to Karol Shewmaker and Rod Slemmons for their assistance in copy-editing. Thanks to Luan Barros for his ongoing video work for JAB, and Kathi Beste as our intrepid webmaster.

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Porto, March, 2012
Front left to right: Ana Romana, Isabel Baraona, Pedro Moura, Manuel Portela, Johanna Drucker, Catarina Figueiredo Cardoso, Rui Torres