23,  leaves, mimeographed on rectos only. Small folio (288 x 187 mm.), self-bound, stapled. Warsaw: Galeria Remont, 1977.
One of Carrión’s rarest exhibition catalogues. The artist curated this show at the Galeria Remont in Warsaw, a contemporary art space established by the Polish artist and filmmaker Henryk Gajewski (b. 1948) in a dormitory student club at the Warsaw University of Technology. The gallery operated from April 1972 to November 1979, hosting performance art, exhibitions of photography, stamp art, and bookworks, and many other events. Carrión had staged an exhibition called Contents at the gallery the previous December. The present exhibition’s title translates as “Other Books.” Gajewski and Carrión contributed essays to the catalogue, both in Polish.
The majority of the catalogue consists of an extensive list of artists engaging with the book form and their bookworks. They include Robert Altman, John Armleder, Daniel Buren, Mirtha Dermisache, Peter Downsbrough, General Idea, Michael Gibbs, Klaus Groh, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Dick Higgins, Douglas Huebler, Alison Knowles, Richard Kostelanetz, Joseph Kosuth, Anna Kutera, George Maciunas, Raul Marroquin, Maurizio Nannucci, Clemente Padin, Dieter Roth, Ed Ruscha, Takako Saito, Carolee Schneemann, Mieko Shiomi, Telfer Stokes, Endre Tot, Jiri Valoch, Wolf Vostell, Herman de Vries, Lawrence Weiner, etc., etc.
Leaves 16-23 present Carrión’s selections of seminal books along with essays theorizing on bookworks and mail art. Among the bookworks shown, we note: Carrión’s Looking for Poetry (1973), General Idea’s Manipulating the Self (1971), Hamilton Finlay’s Honey by the Water (1973), Huebler’s Location Piece 2 (1970), Kosuth’s Notebook on Water 1965-66 (1970), Maciunas’s Flux Paper Events (1976), Ruscha’s Every Building on the Sunset Strip (1966), Schneemann’s Up to and Including Her Limits (1974), Shiomi’s Spatial Poem (1976), and Weiner’s Various Manners and with Various Things (1976).
Near fine copy; staples rusted. The pictorial wrappers added to some examples of this catalogue were never bound with the present copy.
❧ For more information on the Galeria Remont, see the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw’s website page “Art Prints of the Exchange Gallery,” then the section on Gajewski and Galeria Remont.
U. Carrión, Quant aux Livres (2008), p. 209.
Juan J. Agius & Ricardo Ocampo, eds., Ulises Carrión: Books & More, Catalogue Raisonné (2013), p. 116.
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