Acclaimed French book artist and author Didier Mutel combines his deep knowledge of the craft of printing and engraving and his rebellious, punk-inspired revolutionary personal style to construct and deconstruct what we think of as a book. Working in one of the last surviving 18th century printers’ studios in Paris, Mutel mixes up classical methodologies and new technologies to create works that have both visual elegance and visceral power. The University of Miami Special Collections has acquired one of the (very) limited edition copies of Mutel’s Forbes Simulacrum, which he defines as “a Danse Macabre for Billionaires,” a take-off on the traditional Medieval text in which Death visits a variety of recognizable human types. In his oversized, beautifully executed text, Death will be visiting a variety of billionaires from the Forbes list of richest people in the world. Come view the book, watch a video of Mutel creating an engraving in the time it takes to hear Sid Vicious’ version of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” and hear his fascinating stories about re-envisioning the art of fine printing.
Watch a short video of Didier Mutel creating one of the ten plates that make up his work My Way…each of which was created-from polished plate to the first pull off the press–in the 3.56 minutes it takes Sid Vicious to sing My Way.
Image Courtesy of Didier Mutel