Item ID: 8412 Variations on I Am Still Alive On Kawara. Sol LEWITT.

Variations on I Am Still Alive On Kawara.

[80] pp. Small square 4to (122 x 122 mm.), orig. printed softcover with flaps, orig. printed dust-jacket, title on spine. Firenze & Lugo: Exempla & Exit & Zona Archives, 1988.

A nice copy of this scarce Sol LeWitt artist’s book; one of 350 copies (of which 50 were signed by the artist). The receipt of a Kawara “I am still alive” telegram inspired LeWitt to formulate the “variations”, for example: “I AM STILL ON KAWARA,” “I AM ALIVE, ON KAWARA,” “STILL, AM I ALIVE,” “STILL, AM I ON?”. These 74 sensical permutations were first printed (in English, German, and French) in the Studio International issue (1970 July-August) edited by Seth Siegelaub (1941-2013) and Lucy Lippard (b. 1937). Maurizio Nannucci (b. 1939) published this book under his Zona Archives imprint. It has a permutation per page, printed uppercase in a single line, some with commas or question marks added.

In fine condition.

❧ Maffei & de Donno, Sol LeWitt Artist’s Books (2009), p. 122 (pictured).

Sol LeWitt: Libros, El concepto como arte (2014) 71.

A. Moeglin-Delcroix, Esthétique du Livre d’artiste: Introduction à l’art contemporain (2nd ed.: 2012), pp. 266-67 (pictured).

M. Nannucci, Always Endeavor to Find Some Interesting Variation (2016), p. 264 (pictured).

Price: $950.00

Item ID: 8412