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Black & white illus. throughout. 32 pp. 8vo, yellow pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Seattle: Nine One One & The Real Comet Press, 1984.
Very rare exhibition catalogue of artists’ books. Curated by Clive Phillpot, Jill Medvedow, and Laura Millin, the show was simultaneously staged in four public locations around Seattle.
From the Introduction by Medvedow: “It is my experience that people do not go to a gallery to read. So, when Nine One One, a contemporary arts and resource center, received a grant to organize an exhibition of artists’ books, I was determined to find a way to place the books publicly, reach new audiences...
46 pp. Tall 8vo, self-bound pink wrappers. New York: 1985.
Scarce catalogue issued by Jaap Rietman’s pioneering art bookshop. Opened in 1973, the business issued its first catalogue a year later. Across three locations, Rietman (d. 2016) maintained the store until 1996.
This catalogue lists a few artists’ books and mostly art monographs and exhibition catalogues. In fine condition.
Many black & white illus.  leaves. 12mo, printed wrappers. Berlin: 1971.
One of 500 copies; René Block’s 14th catalogue. This is an entirely illustrated catalogue that presents collaborative works by Filliou (1926-87) and Ben Vautier, Tomas Schmit, Daniel Spoerri, Diter Rot, George Brecht, Andre Thomkins, Robin Page, and Emmett Williams.
Fine and fresh copy of a rare publication. WorldCat records examples at: Museum of Modern Art (NY), NYPL, Getty, Otis College of Art and Design, Stanford, and Minnesota.
Black & white illus. throughout.  leaves. 12mo, printed wrappers. New York & Berlin: 1976.
One of 1000 copies printed. A profusely illustrated catalogue for the exhibition organized by René Block at his SoHo gallery for the three artists. Each artist with many pictures of their work, short essay, and exhibition history.
Fine. On WorldCat we locate copies at: Museum of Modern Art (NY), Getty, Yale, Iowa, Minnesota, Cincinnati, and Utah State.
Cover illus. & many black & white illus.  leaves. 12mo, printed pictorial wrappers. Berlin: 1971.
A very rare publication; one of 500 copies and René Block’s 13th catalogue. A rare posthumous gallery presentation of Marcel Duchamp’s readymades and prints shortly after the artist’s death. The text within consists of interviews between Claude-Lévi Strauss and Georges Charbonnier, and Duchamp and Arturo Schwarz, and a concise artist biography.
An excellent copy. WorldCat records examples at: Getty, Otis College of Art and Design, UC-Santa Barbara, and Frick.
1 p.l., 28 pp. Small 8vo (176 x 109 mm.), disbound, stitched. Antwerp: L. P. Delacroix, 1816.
The scarce, triumphant catalogue of paintings recovered from the French and exhibited in 1816 at Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts — now known as the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. The Academy was founded in 1663 by David Teniers the Younger. We locate no copy of this catalogue in North America.
Successive French occupations in the 1790s had led to the confiscation of Antwerp’s greatest cultural treasures from churches, museums, and private cabinets. A number of pictures by Rubens were among the spoliations. In the aftermath of...
Many illus. 48 pp. Small 8vo, pictorial semi-stiff wrappers, title on spine. Glasgow: Tramway Visual Arts; FRAC des Pays de la Loire: Nantes, .
Scarce and early publication on the artist Jonathan Monk (b. 1969). With contributions (in English and French) by Judith Findlay and David Perreau, and an entertaining interview between Douglas Gordon and Monk.
Full-bleed color illus. throughout.  pp. (incl. inside of wrappers). Small 8vo, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Midlothian, UK: Show & Tell Editions, 2015.
Rare Jonathan Monk (b. 1969) exhibition catalogue. Published in 2015, this catalogue records a peculiar 2012 exhibition of 64 works by the artist. The curator Paul Robertson was given permission to stage a show at Summerhall in a hidden attic. Only 129 people were able to see it. This is basically a thorough photographic bibliography of books and ephemera by the artist.
In fine condition. We locate just two copies in North America: Delaware and Ohio State.
Black & white illus. throughout. 23,  p. Square 4to, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Bremen, Neues Museum Weserburg, 1994.
Important exhibition catalogue of Sol LeWitt’s books that is now scarce. Organized by Guy Schraenen (1941-2018), this exhibition was one of several dozen shows on artists’ publications that he curated. The catalogue contains numerous reproductions of LeWitt’s bookworks and at the end there is a very helpful bibliography.
Near fine copy; sticker mark to the lower wrapper. Printed in an edition of 1000 copies. Volume 9 of the Sammlung der Künstlerbücher.
Full-bleed color illus. throughout.  pp. (incl. inside of wrappers). Oblong 8vo, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Toronto: Presentation House Gallery & Bywater Bros. Editions, 2007.
Artist’s book by Jonathan Monk (b. 1969); this is the third installment of the Lynn Valley series published by Bywater Bros. Editions (other artists in the series include Richard Prince, Annette Kelm, Zhang Dali, Derek Sullivan, Jack Pierson, etc.). The photographs in this book were taken at a Morrissey concert in Berlin.
Color illus. throughout. 67 pp. Small 8vo, white softcover & orig. pictorial dust-jacket. Milan: Lisson Gallery, 2013.
Jonathan Monk (b. 1969) exhibition catalogue. The artist ordered identical Jesmonite busts of his face and then invited Jannis Kounellis, Emilio Prini, Gilberto Zorio, John Baldessari to take a hammer and take off the nose in whatever way they saw fit. Monk also participated in the hammering (Senza Titolo VII).
As new. Lisson Catalogue 62.
Full-bleed illus. throughout.  leaves. 4to, pictorial hardcover, title on spine, illustrated endpapers. [Glasgow: Tramway, 2008].
Uncommon artist’s book by Jonathan Monk (b. 1969). Referencing the long-running BBC children’s program, the artist covers the Blue Peter book with exhibition invitations from his impressive collection of art ephemera. It includes scarce materials connected to shows by artists such as Kawara, Nauman, LeWitt, Ader, Merz, Ruscha, Tuttle, Boetti, Barry, Weiner, Twombly, Lamelas, Ian Wilson, Anselmo, etc.
Fine copy. Designed by the British artist Dan Rees.
Rich color illus. throughout. 90 pp. Oblong 4to, red printed wrappers & orig. pictorial dust-jacket, title on spine. Berlin: KINDL - Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, 2019.
The fourth installment of the artist Jonathan Monk’s “Exhibit Model,” this iteration was curated by Andreas Fiedler at the KINDL - Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst (10 March-21 July 2019). The catalogue is lavishly illustrated with installation shots and close-up photographs, with diagrams of the exhibition space. With essays and an interview in German and English.
Full-bleed black & white illus. throughout. Eight unnumbered leaves. Small 8vo, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [Baden, Switzerland]: Kodoji Press, 2017.
A series of photographs focused on the imprints of artists’ books and exhibition catalogues published in New York. A number of the publications are instantly recognizable. It includes books published by Multiples, Inc. (Marian Goodman), Rizzoli, Sperone, Taschen, Skarstedt Gallery, Assouline, Siegelaub and J. Wendler, 38th Street Publishers, etc. The books are by LeWitt, Siegelaub, Tuttle, Prince, Graham, Wool, Judd, S. Levine, Koons, Lawler, Warhol, Halley, etc. A list of the artists featured is found on the inside of the lower wrapper.
One of Jonathan Monk’s rarer books. In fine condition. No stated edition size.
Color illus. throughout. 44 pp. 8vo, orange printed wrappers, staple-bound. Rome: The British School at Rome, 2005.
Rare and nicely designed catalogue published in conjunction with Jonathan Monk’s ‘”Untitled and Unfinished (Afghanistan)”’ exhibition at the British School at Rome. For this show, Monk (b. 1969), with the help of gallerist Sonia Rosso, sent a video camera to an Afghan named Mustafa Shaibzada in order to film the lakes where Alighiero Boetti had wanted his ashes to be scattered, belatedly fulfilling his wishes. This catalogue is filled with stills from the film, which are accompanied by essays (in Italian and English) composed by...
Color illus. throughout. 44 pp. 8vo, orange printed wrappers, staple-bound. Rome: The British School at Rome, 2005.
Rare and nicely designed catalogue published in conjunction with Jonathan Monk’s ‘”Untitled and Unfinished (Afghanistan)”’ exhibition at the British School at Rome; signed by the artist on the title-page. For this show, Monk (b. 1969), with the help of gallerist Sonia Rosso, sent a video camera to an Afghan named Mustafa Shaibzada in order to film the lakes where Alighiero Boetti had wanted his ashes to be scattered, belatedly fulfilling his wishes. This catalogue is filled with stills from the film, which are accompanied by...
Color cover illus. & illus. throughout.  pp. 8vo, printed softcover. Lucerne, Switzerland: Kunstmuseum Luzern, 1980.
Scarce Daniel Buren (b. 1938) exhibition catalogue, published in conjunction with his exhibition-installation at the Kunstmuseum Luzern. Buren reprised his use of striped sails, a medium he had first employed on Wannsee Lake outside of Berlin in 1975. An exhibition at the Akademie der Künste followed that installation. The present 1980 show was preceded by a work in situ on Lake Lucerne (3 May).
The catalogue is printed in parallel German and French and contains diagrams and photographs of the sails and the exhibition installation.
Many black & white illus. throughout. Unpaginated. Small 4to, printed wrappers & orig. printed dust-jacket, staple-bound. London: Kettle’s Yard Gallery, 1986.
One of the great exhibition catalogues on artists’ books. This sharply conceived book was published for a 1986 exhibition at Kettle’s Yard Gallery (1 November-7 December). Organized by Pavel Buchler (b. 1952), who also designed and wrote this catalogue, the exhibition included loans from Christian Boltanski, Ulises Carrión, Nigel Greenwood, Richard Hamilton, Kasper Koenig, Annette Messager, Anthony d’Offay Gallery, Hansjörg Mayer, Barbara and Gabriele Schmidt-Heins, Michael Werner Galerie, Karsten Schubert, Lawrence Weiner, etc. The exhibition featured the work of Boltanski, Carrión...
Black & white illus. throughout.  pp. Square 4to, red & white pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Bremen: Neues Museum Weserburg, 1999.
Uncommon exhibition catalogue on printed books and multiples by Daniel Buren (b. 1938). Curated by Guy Schraenen (1941-2018), the exhibition is an useful survey of an underappreciated aspect of the artist’s practice. Schraenen was responsible for a long series of exhibitions devoted to artists’ publications at the Neues Museum Weserburg. The catalogue is illustrated with pictures of many of Buren’s bookworks. Schraenen’s catalogue essay “Le Livre, Lieu d’Exposition ‘In Situ’” is printed in German and French. At the end are very useful lists of...
 pp. Square 4to, gray printed wrappers, staple-bound. Bremen: Neues Museum Weserburg, 1997.
Scarce exhibition catalogue on the work of Jiri Valoch (b. 1946); one of 1000 copies. This is part of an extensive series of shows and accompanying catalogues on artists’ books curated by Guy Schraenen (1941-2018) at the Neues Museum Weserburg. The catalogue contains an essay by Schraenen (“Wort als Wort”), a 10-page work by Valoch, and a biography and bibliography of the artist.
In excellent condition. Volume 18 in the Sammlung der Künstlerbücher.
Black and white & color illus.  pp. Square 4to, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Bremen: Neues Museum Weserburg, 1997.
Scarce exhibition catalogue; one of 1000 copies. The Schmidt Heins twins (b. 1949) are two of the most active and prolific book artists in Germany, engaging with newspapers, magazines, photographs, coffee beans, paint, etc. Guy Schraenen (1941-2018), curator at the Neues Museum Weserburg, conceived this exhibition as a retrospective of their bookworks from 1972-82. This catalogue was jointly designed by the twins. Schraenen contributes an essay entitled “Einzahl Mehrzal.” With useful lists of exhibitions and books on the penultimate page.
Fine copy. Volume 16 in the Sammlung der Künstlerbücher.
Black & white illus. throughout. 23,  p. Square 4to, aubergine pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Bremen: Neues Museum Weserburg, 1996.
Uncommon exhibition catalogue focused on Christian Boltanski’s artist's books. This show was one of many shows put together at the Neues Musuem Weserburg Bremen by curator Guy Schraenen (1941-2018) on the topic of artists’ publications. Boltanski (1944-2021) loaned several works to the exhibition, and the catalogue has several visual reproductions of his work. The catalogue essay, written by Schraenen, is entitled “Gedächtnis des Vergessens” [“Memory of Forgetting”]. This is a most useful reference in the study of Boltanski’s numerous books. With an extensive list of...