[From upper cover]: Catalog 1983/84, Books by Artists. Inc PRINTED MATTER.
[From upper cover]: Catalog 1983/84, Books by Artists.

[From upper cover]: Catalog 1983/84, Books by Artists.

Numerous black & white illus. in the text, some full-page. 166, [1] p. order form. Large 4to, color printed wrappers, glue-bound. [New York: Printed Matter, 1983].

Printed Matter’s largest catalogue up to that point and a valuable bibliographic resource for the study of artists’ books. It lists Printed Matter’s inventory of thousands of titles and many are well-described. This includes the early work of Kathy Acker, Carl Andre, A.A. Bronson, Stanley Brouwn, Christo, the Coracle Press, Robert Cumming, Helen Douglas, Andrea Evans, Sue Fishbein, Mike Glier, the Guerilla Art Action Group, Hans Haacke, Keith Haring, Robert Jacks, Alison Knowles, Barbara Kruger, Sol LeWitt, Lucy Lippard, Richard Prince, Gerhard Richter, and Ed Ruscha. Pages 154 to 160 offer periodicals and the catalogue ends with audioworks.

In the introduction, Ingrid Sischy (1952-2015), the critic and editor of Warhol’s Interview Magazine, writes: “Dear Booklover, Dear Artlover, All bookstores, libraries, and bookshelves project a kind of buzz. You can hear it sometimes when you watch someone reading. You’re hearing the mind of the author moving the mind of the reader, you’re listening being passed on–in fact, you’re hearing civilization itself. That’s why books matter so much…

“Printed Matter began because there was a need for it to be there. There was a great big hole which needed to be filled by a place that could reflect and fulfill the intentions of a medium that was fast becoming an active form in the new vocabulary of alternatives: the contemporary artists’ book, which is made to be dispersed over the usual art boundaries, over the counter, or through the mail, to anyone anywhere, average price $5 – $10, first come first served. Printed Matter exists today for precisely the same purpose. Now as then, the exhaustive stock includes works by famous artists, in fact famous works, as well ss the possibility of hundreds of brand new discoveries. The only thing that’s changed is that there are some titles that are unavailable now, all sold out, and some people who are desperate to get hold of them.”

A fine copy.

❧ BoBoAB (2nd ed.) 438.

Price: $350.00

Item ID: 7199