Section 30. Ian WILSON.

Ian Wilson’s First Section Book

Section 30.

[28] leaves, printed on rectos only. 8vo, printed semi-stiff wrappers, title on spine. Eindhoven: Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, 1982.

Ian Wilson’s first artist’s book, produced in an edition of 500 copies. Known primarily for his intangible language-based work, Wilson (1940-2020), from the 1980s, undertook a lengthy series of artist's books under the title Section(s). The very first was the present work, published with the Stedelijk van Abbemuseum in 1982. He collaborated on later publications with a number of galleries, institutions, and private collectors, such as Giuseppe Panza di Biumo, Art Metropole/David Bellman, Victoria Miro, Kunsthalle Bern, Ghislain Mollet-Viéville, Maeght Lelong Gallery, Ryman, Michel Claura, etc. Each was printed in an edition of 500 copies.

In near fine condition; faint sunning to the spine and slight wear to the lower cover. We locate just two copies in the United States, at the Getty and Whitney Museum.

Ian Wilson: The Discussions (2008), p. 173.

“As the quintessential vehicle for communication and thought, language replaces traditional representation in Ian Wilson’s work…Wilson has rigorously shunned the creation of any form of physical object and has sought to resist all forms of objectification. Since 1968 he has operated principally through the channels of speech, turning only in the 1980s to also include the production of sets of books based on the repetition of a single abstract verbal construct such as ‘unknowable,’ ‘absolute knowledge,’ or ‘perfect.’”-Anne Rorimer, New Art in the 60s and 70s: Redefining Reality (2001), pp. 89-90.

“Wilson has also produced a number of artist books, each simply titled Section followed by a number. The word ‘section’ reminds me of how nations organize their constitutions according to ‘acts’ and ‘sections.’ …Linguistically, a section also always implies a pre-existing whole. A section can only be derived from a whole. Chapters have a different connotation in that they are like building blocks toward a whole. After all, a chapter can be incomplete while a section is always complete to the extent that it is a section. As such, naming his artist’s books Section followed by a number is homologically related to Buddhist or Hindu sutras, collections of canonical texts that were then assembled into a book of teachings.”-Ken Lum, “Ian Wilson: From Chalk Circle to Full Circle,” in Everything Is Relevant, Writings on Art and Life, 1991-2018 (2020), p. 241.

Price: $450.00

Item ID: 8106