In this beautifully conceived artist’s book, the paintings and drawings of Glenn Brown referencing the meteoric career of Ian Curtis and Joy Division are brought together with specially written texts by the novelist Michael Bracewell and the poet Lavinia Greenlaw – both writers perfectly attuned not only to the haunting music of Joy Division but also to the art of Glenn Brown.
Taking its title ‘Licht and Blindheit’ from the last Joy Division record to be released during Ian Curtis’s lifetime, Michael Bracewell’s essay describes the musical intensity and profound romanticism that have made Joy Division as iconic and musically influential as Kraftwerk or The Doors.
Lavinia Greenlaw’s poetic sequence reflects on the ways in which Joy Division’s music made sense of a 1970s adolescence and the impact of Ian Curtis’s death. Her poems are interspersed with reproductions of paintings by Glenn Brown which are either tributes to Curtis or inspired by Joy Division’s lyrics and music.
Glenn Brown also contributes a spectacular sequence of new drawings, made specifically as a visual introduction to this book and as a meditation on the band’s legacy.
Joy Division has been designed by Peter Willberg and printed in Germany by Plitt GmbH. It is set in Monotype Perpetua and Berthold Corporate and printed on 200gsm Gardamatt Art, 175gsm Colorplan Real Grey and 215gsm Gardacover Hifi.
This is the regular edition of 400 signed and numbered copies.
*Finalist for the British Book Design & Production Award 2017