leaves & ads. Square 4to, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Aachen: 1970.
A very nice signed copy of this scarce Lawrence Weiner (1942-2021) “catalogue as exhibition.” To the shock and ridicule of attendees to Weiner’s exhibition, there was only the catalogue to read through, no paintings, drawings, etc. Weiner has signed the present example on the upper left corner of the inside wrapper.
“One of the most controversial exhibitions presented at Gegenverkehr was Lawrence Weiner’s An Exhibition in May 1970, as Klaus Honnef summarizes: ‘Larry Weiner’s exhibition was the fifth or sixth in the chronology, consisting only of a catalogue. Larry wanted us to give it away for free, but we objected to that. Was nichts kostet, ist nichts (what costs nothing, is nothing), as we say in the Rhineland. Visitors were only allowed to look through it.’ Weiner’s exhibition led to a hitherto unprecedented wave of resignations by outraged members from Gegenverkehr.”–Brigitte Jacobs van Renswou, “1968-1970: Gegenverkehr – Zentrum für aktuelle Kunst,” Sediment 30: Klaus Honnef, From Conceptual Art to Photography, (2019), p. 21.
A signed copy, in near fine condition. We find just a handful of North American institutions holding this catalogue.
❧ D. Schwarz, ed., Lawrence Weiner: Books 1968-1989, Catalogue Raisonné (1989), Catalogs no. 4.
Item ID: 9040