Catalogue No. 4 - Spring, 1977: Editions by Artists. bookseller ART METROPOLE.

Catalogue No. 4 - Spring, 1977: Editions by Artists.

Many black & white text illus. throughout. 4to (267 x 205 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers, staple-bound, with stamp & postmarked. [Toronto: Spring 1977].

One of the rarest Art Metropole catalogues, this is a landmark catalogue because of its extensive offerings from North American and international artists. Established by the collective General Idea (AA Bronson, Felix Partz & Jorge Zontal) in 1974, Art Metropole was the first large-scale distributor of artists’ books and publications in North America — two years before Printed Matter opened. This copy is addressed to the LACMA librarian Eleanor Hartman, and in personal correspondence with AA Bronson (who called the bookstore a “family affair”), we learned that the address is in the hand of Jorge Zontal.

On the inside of the upper wrapper, Art Metropole is announced as an “archive/agency established to document, collect, publish and disperse information on the activities of artists working in new contexts and multiple media formats, including publications, recordings, multiples, film and video.” The catalogue is then divided into Publications, Periodicals, Records, Special Editions, Video, and Film. Among the listings, we find rare books and works by or about Armleder, Baldessari, Barry, H. & B. Becher, Beuys, Brecht, Buren, Dibbets, Ehrenberg, Filliou, General Idea, Haacke, Higgins, Knowles, Kosuth, LeWitt, Matta-Clark, Oldenburg, Piper, Polke, Y. Rainer, Ruscha, Siegelaub, Snow, Spoerri, Tot, Valoch, Weiner, Yokoo, etc., etc.

This copy is in near fine condition, despite the delicate newsprint employed; tiny tear to the head of the spine, and the original staple used to mail this has been carefully removed. There is also a faint vertical crease. An page from Michael Snow’s Cover to Cover is on the upper wrapper.

❧ See “Art Metropole’s Publications and Events History with Related Ephemera, January 1971 – April 2006,” on the National Gallery of Canada website.

Price: $750.00

Item ID: 7809