Dutch Details meets New Amsterdam

Henderikse, Broadway interior

HENDERIKSE, Jan. Broadway. New York/Rotterdam: Jan Henderikse/Uitgeverji Bébert Edition, 1983.

Oblong 4to.; long accordion foldout illustrated in b&w throughout; housed within printed cardboard covers; string-tied, with Manhattan bus map inserted. Near fine.

First edition; one of 100 copies. Henderikse’s artist’s book documents Broadway in 249 images laid out horizontally, three images to a panel, on 83 individual panels, each attached end-to-end so that it becomes an uninterrupted continuum of street views tracing New York City’s most celebrated thoroughfare as it travels the length of Manhattan from its Southernmost point at The Battery all the way to the Spuyten Duyvil. Folded out in full it is 99 feet long. Broadway, with its horizontal layout, foldout binding, and wide format was quite evidently modeled on Ed Ruscha’s book Dutch Details, which he had published 12 years earlier as a project related to Sonsbeek 71 at the Groninger Museum. This exhibition, which also included Henderickse’s work, focused on site-specific work, non-traditional media such as artists’ books, and other new forms to which the era’s conceptually oriented art practices were giving rise and so Ruscha made Dutch Details as a consciously American take on the typically Dutch-looking streetscapes and vernacular architecture he encountered in the area near the museum. Henderikse, a Dutchman who later took up residence in New York, responded in kind, documenting the typical streetscapes of “New Amsterdam.” 
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