The Book of the Art of Artists’ Books. Rolf DITTMAR.

The Book of the Art of Artists’ Books.

Many black & white illus. 173, [9] pp. Oblong 4to (291 x 221 mm.), orig. pictorial covers (spine a bit creased). Tehran: [1978].

An important exhibition catalogue, and rare example of a show of artists’ books that took place outside of the United States of America or Western Europe. This show was staged at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in affiliation with the Shabhanou Farah Foundation. The great collector of artists’ books and book objects Rolf Dittmar composed the catalogue’s text in German, which is then presented in parallel English and Persian text. It was translated from German into English by Thekla Zachrau, and the Farsi (or Persian) translation was done by M. Sardani and S. Bastani.

The exhibition was divided into eight sections, each introduced with a short essay: The Transmutation of the Book; Artists’ Books; Transparent Books; The Haptic Dimension of the Book; The Book as Idea; Modifications of the Book Form; Object-Catalogues; and the Book as Experiment. It includes pieces by Anselm Kiefer, Wolf Vostell, Irma Blank, Broodthaers, Brouwn, Buren, Robin Crozier, Michael Gibbs, Halina Jaworski, Polke, Warhol, Iannone, Nannucci, Timm Ulrichs, Brecht, Kaprow, Spoerri, Andre, Beuys, Filliou, Jasper Johns, Yves Klein, Roth, etc. Each work is thoroughly described.

Near fine copy; silver marker scribble on upper cover.

❧ A. Desjardin, The Book on Books on Artists Books (2nd ed.: 2013) 15.

Price: $350.00

Item ID: 7564