Item ID: 8362 I Am Still Alive. On KAWARA.
I Am Still Alive.
I Am Still Alive.

The Suicide Telegrams

I Am Still Alive.

201 black & white illus on rectos only. [207] leaves. Thick oblong 4to (210 x 242 mm.), orig. cloth, title on spine. Berlin: Edition Block, 1978.

First edition of this scarce artist’s book documenting Kawara’s telegrams affirming “I am still alive”; this is one of 450 numbered copies from Serie A, all of which are bound in cloth and housed in a slipcase. Arranged chronologically and reproduced at their original size, the telegrams of this project were sent from December 1969 until 31 December 1977. We find messages sent to Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, Teresa O’Connor, Germano Celant, Adriaan van Ravesteijn, Yutaka Matsuzawa, Tommaso Trini, Konrad Fischer, Hiroko Hiraoka, Klaus Honnef, Ken Friedman, Yvon Lambert, Zedenek Felix, René Denizot, Radoslav Putar, Jost Herbig, Paula Cooper, Johannes Gachnang, Rene Block, etc.

A fine copy, colophon numbered in pencil “A5.”

❧ S. Bury, Artists’ Books: The Book as a Work of Art, 1963-2000 (2nd ed.: 2015), p. 201 (pictured on p. 84).

A. Moeglin-Delcroix, Esthétique du Livre d’artiste: Introduction à l’art contemporain (2nd ed.: 2012), Bibliographie des Livres et Revues d’Artiste, p. 430.

Price: $1,750.00

Item ID: 8362