leaf (title-page), 21 leaves, printed on rectos only. Square 4to (194 x 198 mm.), black printed wrappers (trace of spine label), staple-bound. Schiedam: Stedelijk Museum, 1970.
The artist’s first publication produced to mark a solo museum exhibition. For the remainder of his life, Brouwn (1935-2017) generally made square-format artist’s books with minimalist white covers to document (or materialize) his shows with museums and galleries. Based on Harry Ruhé’s exhaustive bibliography and exhibition list of Brouwn, this is very probably the first exhibition catalogue/artist’s book that Brouwn co-published with a museum.
In this book, the artist invites the reader to walk in the direction of 21 cities around the world: La Paz, Rangoon, Havana, Helsinki, Georgetown, Seoul, Washington, Warsaw, Dakar, Khartoum, Tokyo, Dublin, Peking, New Delhi, Madrid, Montevideo, Bern, Brazzaville, Ottawa, Moscow, and Guatemala.
“In the process of turning the pages, readers may make a series of mental leaps from one spot on the globe to another. During the exhibition, visitors could follow lines on the floor pointing in the direction of those cities towards which they were told on a label to walk a certain distance. The representation of different distances and directions engenders multiple possibilities for spatial experience with direct reference to the globe and the global, no matter how many meters one is meant to walk toward a given geographical destination.”–Anne Rorimer, New Art in the 60s and 70s, Redefining Reality (2001), p. 180.
Near fine copy of this very rare and early artist’s book by Brouwn; some minor wear to the extremities. Embossed ex-libris stamp of “Ad van den Berg” on the first blank leaf and withdrawn stamps from Bibliotheek Noordbrabants Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch on the title-page. In WorldCat, we found four examples recorded by American institutions.
❧ Harry Ruhé, Stanley Brouwn: a chronology (2nd ed.: 2005).
A. Moeglin-Delcroix, Esthétique du Livre d’artiste: Introduction à l’art contemporain (2nd ed.: 2012), p. 164 (pictured).
Item ID: 8249