The First Cut is a major exhibition featuring new and recent works by over 30 international contemporary artists who work with paper in revolutionary ways.

Featuring established and emerging artists from America, Australia, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Romania, Sweden and the UK, it explores how the humble scrap of paper is transformed into extraordinary creations, through cutting, folding and sculpting.

The title alludes to the beginning of the creative process but also suggests a violent and sinister action.

Published to accompany the exhibition The First Cut at Manchester City Galleries (Manchester Art Gallery and The Gallery of Costume), 4 October 2012 – 27 January 2013.

James Aldridge, Noriko Ambe, Su Blackwell, Claire Brewster, Sarah Bridgland, Peter Callesen, Long-Bin Chen, Laura Cooperman, Béatrice Coron, Susan Cutts, Nicola Dale, Andrea Dezsö, Tom Gallant, Manabu Hangai, Chris Jones, Chris Kenny, Andreas Kocks, Elisabeth Lecourt, Emma van Leest, Violese Lunn, Andrea Mastrovito, Mia Pearlman, Abigail Reynolds, Georgia Russell, Rob Ryan, Andy Singleton, Justine Smith, Susan Stockwell, Andersen M Studio, Yuken Teruya, Kara Walker

Fiona Corridan, Natasha Howes

Manchester Art Gallery

ISBN 978-0-901673-82-4
240 × 170 mm
112 pages
Illustrated in colour

Paper at the Cutting Edge
published in 2012 by
Manchester Art Gallery
Essay by Natasha Howes and Fiona Corridan
112 pages, 240 × 170 mm
ISBN 978-0-901673-82-4