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This publication was crafted by the artist and printed on the occasion of the exhibition ALEXANDER LEE : THE BOTANIST at Collectors Contemporary, Singapore (7 November - 17 December 2014). The book features the 47 artworks in the exhibition, as well as an introduction by Jennifer Copley, a text by Eric Shiner, and an interview between Agustín Pérez Rubio and the artist.

THE BOTANIST is a collection of more than 50 works in which Alexander Lee imagines Joseph Bank's botanical endeavor in Tahiti, as he arrives on the shores of Matavai Bay during James Cook's First Voyage of Discovery in the Pacific. Lee used leaves from plants and algae he gathered from Matavai Bay to make a series of nature prints, composing and pressing leaves with Chinese ink on polypropylene. 

The 47 artworks reproduced in this publication are divided in 5 chapters: Rua-ta'ata (The Transformation), Matari'i, The Transit of Venus, Maiore, and Matavai, which act as an organizing roadmap to the works from The Botanist series.

Printed in 2014 by Collectors Contemporary, Singapore

Paperback, Color and Black and White, 80 pages including cover

Dimensions: 8-1/4 x 5-3/4 x 1/4 inches / 21 x 14.6 x 0.63 cm

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