Item ID: 9374 Kunstenaarsboeken uit het [Artists’ Books from the] Other Books & So Archive Amsterdam (27 March-4 April 1981). Ulises CARRIÓN, curator.

Kunstenaarsboeken uit het [Artists’ Books from the] Other Books & So Archive Amsterdam (27 March-4 April 1981).

Seven black & white illus. [11] pp. Small 4to (210 x 150 mm.), pictorial printed wrappers, staple-bound. Schiedam, Netherlands: Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, 1981.

An uncommon exhibition catalogue published by the Stedelijk Museum in Schiedam; the show was curated by Ulises Carrión (1941-89), and the books displayed came from his personal archive, the Other Books and So Archive. By 1978, Carrión had closed his intrepid Amsterdam bookstore, Other Books and So, and converted it into an archive of artists’ books. This is one of a number of exhibitions on artists’ books that the artist organized; others took place in Iceland, Poland, Denmark, and several locations across the Netherlands.

This catalogue features an illuminating interview with Carrión (in Dutch and English), in which he spells out his criteria for what qualifies as a “bookwork,” “an object book,” and a “book object.” Describing the conception and production of his own bookworks, he says: “When realizing my works I’m strongly influenced by my literary background, I think. I’m constantly trying to get rid of it. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes not. I try to reduce the book as much as possible to its essence – a sequence of signs. To me, sequence implies time, it means you cannot perceive a book in one time or moment. The second element is visual by nature – that which you see when you open the book. I try as much as possible to use signs other than literary, even other than verbal. That’s why I use photography or rubber stamps. I’m very conscious of the paper. I strive towards an evident unfolding of the book. I don’t mean that the message should be evident, but rather the book’s structure, how the book fits together. You are free to interpret it as you wish, but there must be some sort of recognizable structure. I’m not talking of just a pile of loose sheets.”

Carrión selected artists’ books by Juan Agius, Anna Banana, Guglielmo Cavellini, Robin Crozier, Claudio Goulart, Kristjan Gudmundsson, Davi Det Hompson, Jiri Kolar, David Mayor, Bruno Munari, Maurizio Nannucci, Dieter Roth, Ed Ruscha, Takako Saito, Jiri Valoch, Lawrence Weiner, etc., etc. A full listing of the works is found at the very end.

In near fine condition. Printed in an edition of 350 copies.

❧ Guy Schraenen, ed., Dear reader. Don’t read. (2016) pp. 174 & 214 (pictured).

Price: $850.00

Item ID: 9374