A scarce complete set of the five issues of Yvon Lambert’s journal (nos. 1-5). MOT POUR MOT / WORD FOR WORD.

A scarce complete set of the five issues of Yvon Lambert’s journal (nos. 1-5).

Black & white and color illus. throughout, some folding illus. 121; 149; 139 & [13] leaves; 156; 138 pp. All small 4to (210 x 150 mm.), color softcovers, perfect-bound. Paris: Yvon Lambert, 1979-83.

All five issues of Mot pour Mot, an annually published periodical; each issue was devoted to an exhibition or artist. A pioneering Parisian gallerist, Lambert was one of the first European dealers to exhibit American Minimalist and Conceptual artists such as LeWitt, Kawara, Robert Barry, Agnes Martin, Andre, Ryman, etc. Three of the issues were edited by René Denizot, and Barry (no. 3) and Giulio Paolini (no. 4) also co-edited issues. All issues are in French and English, and are richly illustrated..

On Kawara is the subject of the first Mot pour Mot (1979). It is a fascinating early survey of the artist’s practice, with several essays translated from Japanese and French. The illustrations and facsimiles show Kawara’s studio and pieces from his I am still alive, Date Paintings, I Went, I Met, and I Read series. These include telegrams and postcards sent to Lambert. The issue is printed in parallel French and English.

The second issue of Mot pour Mot (1979) was linked to the Artemisia exhibition developed by Lambert around Artemisia Gentileschi’s Judith Slaying Holofernes (1620-21). Artists including Buren, Charlesworth, Huebler, Kounellis, Kosuth, Lublin, Michals, Paolini, Sonneman, and Twombly were asked to create works in response to this picture, all of which are listed and illustrated. This issue also contains essays by Barthes, Eva Menzio, and Lublin.

Barry’s issue, no. 3 (1980), functions as an artist’s book and is filled with images of the artist’s earliest work. Barry is interviewed at length by Denizot in the first section.

No. 4 (1982), co-edited by Paolini and Denizot, contains original written work by the two editors, as well as photo collages by Paolini on classical themes.

The final issue (no. 5, 1983) is composed of writings by the essayist and critic Christian Prigent on painting and the arts.

All near fine; complete sets are very rare.

Price: $750.00

Item ID: 7744