Elisabeth Tonnard

An Empty Field


Some great and very very special words.

This book is my complete transcript of President Trump’s address to employees of the CIA the day after his inauguration. To keep in style, the text is cut into bits of 140 or fewer characters. Until the um amazing printing is done, and it’s going to be really great, you can find a digital version here.

B&w digital printing, paperback, size 12.5 x 19 cm, 96 pages.

Priced at €14, plus shipping. Pre-order now through my webshop or through email.

Published in Leerdam, The Netherlands on January 23, 2017.

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January 23, 2017 at 8:00 pm

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Two new discussions of my work

The new year started well with discussions of my work by two insightful critics who have both been following my work for a substantial time.

Sarah Bodman wrote an article about literature and the artist’s book, discussing several of my books and drawing connections to interesting works by Sally Alatalo, John McDowall and Colin Sackett. Published in Polish in the journal Er(r)go, the editors and Sarah Bodman have given kind permission for an English version (PDF) to be put online here.

Johan Velter wrote a glowing reading of my latest book The Plan. You can find it here on his blog (in Dutch).

Het nieuwe project (!) van Elisabeth Tonnard verenigt alle kwaliteiten en gevoeligheden: haar liefde voor het wit en de ruimte, de ironie van dit bestaan, de liefde voor de nietszeggende foto die dan alles kan betekenen, de herhaling, de subtiele wijzigingen. En tegelijkertijd is dit ook een maatschappijkritiek die het kan zonder grote woorden te moeten gebruiken, geen moralisme gebruikt (Against expression) maar overloopt van betekenis en cultuur.

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January 4, 2017 at 3:40 pm

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Book fair at Paradiso in Amsterdam


On Sunday December 11 I’m participating in the Beurs van Bijzondere Uitgevers at Paradiso in Amsterdam.

You’ll find my table in the main room. When you enter it is immediately to the left, on the slightly raised platform.

New books that I will bring this year include The Death of the Poet and The Plan.

Weteringschans 6-8, Amsterdam

11 December 2016
13.00 – 17.00

Admission is €3,-

Participating publishers: Wasco, Van Brug, Middernacht Pers, Feest der Poëzie, Tortuca, Timmer Art Book, Lecturis, Stichting Drukwerk In De Marge, Haes Uitgeverij, Yeats Sisters Press, Karin van Pinxteren, Uitgeverij crU, Rob van Hemert, Falstaff & Fakir, Zirimiri Press, Elisabeth Tonnard, De Strraat, Pantofle Books, General Features, Babel & Voss, Passage, Douane, Salvo, Ton Martens, Book Perfect, Sherpa, Lalito, Zammagazine, Lula Valetta, Mixed Media Soup, De Meulder, Ekstreem, Bonas, Elletra, Leesmagazijn, Coppens & Frenks, Knust / Extrapool, De Nederlandse Vereniging voor Patafysica,  Piet Schreuders, De Buitenkant, Bantammer, 99 Uitgevers, Matchbox, De God van Nederland, Seugling Uitgeverij, Jeanet Kingma, Katarina Rudebeck, De Klaproos, Wasser im Turm, Snood, Lino Pers, Polak & Van Der Kamp, Lies Kindt, Demodokos, De Eiereland Pers, Schaep 14, Octavo, Parréssia, De Weideblik, Titi Zaadnoordijk, Tienstuks, Uitgeverij P, De Wilde Tomaat, De Carbolineum Pers, Pels & Kemper, TYP, Editions Saint Jacques, Abraxas, Kelderuitgeverij, Papieren Tijger, Schokland, Hof van Jan, Uitgeverij Vleugels, De Zingende Zaag, Serena Libri, De Statenhofpers, Pegasus, Duizendeneen, De Roos, Voetnoot, C.J.Aarts, Jap Sam Books, Valiz, De Gouden Reaal, Plantage, Huis Clos, Roma, Basboek, Alauda Publications, Bas Lubberhuizen, Sjolsea, Wil van Iersel, Prominent, Philip Fokker.

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November 28, 2016 at 1:35 pm

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Offprint Paris

Next week I’ll be participating in the 7th edition of Offprint Paris. This edition will host 130 independent and experimental publishers in Photography, Contemporary Art and Graphic Design from 16 different countries. You’ll find me and my books at the table I share with Joachim Schmid.

New books that I will bring this year include Song of Myself, Joachim Schmid Works, The Death of the Poet and The Plan.

More info about the fair is to be found at Offprint’s website.

Beaux Arts de Paris, 14 rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris
November 10–13, 2016

Note that for security reasons it is prohibited to access the Beaux-Arts with bags exceeding the A3 format. Luckily we make small books.

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October 31, 2016 at 8:44 pm

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The New York Art Book Fair


Please join us for this year’s New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 from September 16 – 18, with a preview on the 15th. Joachim Schmid and myself are sharing a table on the 2nd floor, booth N52.  New works that I’ll bring to the fair include a virtual library of books from burned paintings, a time and space crossing tale sampled from a range of biographies, a portrayal of the work methods of my co-exhibitor, a collection of status updates by dead poets, and a discovery of The Plan in East German propaganda books from the 1980s.

For practicalities visit: http://nyartbookfair.com/about/

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September 6, 2016 at 12:00 pm

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Catalogue of books


I have made a small overview catalogue of my books and editions published from 2003 to 2016. The pdf can be viewed here. If you’d like to receive a paper copy, please order it through the webshop. You will also receive one with your book orders (as long as it’s available).

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September 5, 2016 at 12:10 pm

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The Plan


I’m happy to announce my new book titled The Plan.

My interest in white space in texts and fascination for printed materials and propaganda books from East Germany brought me to discover the Plan. The Plan is the chameleonic directive to every situation of societal life – whether it is playing sports, writing a book, or practicing for war. Always think of the Plan. Better yet: always have it in your hand.

The Plan consists of a book and a folder, together forming one object. The book contains 26 pictures reproduced from miniature books published in the German Democratic Republic during the 1980s. Each book is accompanied by an original, pre-owned GDR folder, each different and individually obtained from households in the former state. The folder comes with a foldout sheet of the Plan.

Edition of 150 copies, numbered.

Digital print, full color paperback, A5 size, 48 pages. Plus original GDR folder, A4 size, with a folded and stamped A2 sheet.

See more images of the book here.

Priced at € 45,- plus shipping. Order through the webshop or by email. The book will also be available at my table at the upcoming NY Art Book Fair.

If you really want to understand what the GDR was about, you need to look at The Plan.
Joachim Schmid




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August 30, 2016 at 11:36 am

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