Large illustrated single sheet poster (420 x 300 mm. unfolded). [Lund, Sweden]: Beau Geste Press, 1976.
An extremely rare poster issued by Beau Geste Press for an exhibition at the Galerie S:t Petri in Lund, Sweden; one of 500 copies produced. Managed by Felipe Ehrenberg, Martha Hellion, and David Mayor, Beau Geste Press, based in Devon, UK, was active from 1970 to 1976. The press collaborated with numerous artists and authors, all of whom are listed on this poster: Beuys, Carrión, Filliou, Gibbs, Higgins, Hompson, Kostelanetz, Maciunas, Saito, Schneemann, Shiomi, Valoch, etc., etc. For example, two of Ulises Carrión’s bookworks, Looking for poetry/Tras...
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Large illustrated single sheet poster (420 x 300 mm. unfolded). [Lund, Sweden]: Beau Geste Press, 1976.
Color and black & white illus. 8vo, orig. pink pictorial wrappers (upper cover a little dampstained), staple-bound. Neckargemünd: [December 1991].
A scarce bookseller’s catalogue modelled after Hans Richter’s experimental film Dreams That Money Can Buy (1947), and consisting of a section of materials relating to Richter as well as three “dreams.” These “dreams” are devoted to Ian Hamilton Finlay and Paul-Armand Gette; Andre, Brecht, Feldmann, Frampton, Long, Dietrich, Oldenburg, Shiomi, etc.; and Dieter Rot and many publications by Hansjörg Mayer. The catalogue offers 331 items in total.
In very good condition.
Many color illus. 7 p.l., 45 pp. Large 4to, pictorial wrappers, perfect-bound. London: Open Editions, 1992.
Uncommon and nicely illustrated exhibition catalogue, with the essays printed in Finnish and English parallel text. This travelling exhibition of British artists’ books was held at the National Gallery of Iceland, the Tokyo Gas Shinjuku Showroom, the Malmo Konstal, the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Norway), and the Vantaan Kaupunki. Work by Blamey, Büchler, Cutts, Fulton, Finlay, Long, Sackett, Stokes & Douglas, etc.
Near fine; a few scuffs.
310 black & white illus., on rectos only.  leaves. 8vo (210 x 141 mm.), orig. semi-stiff printed wrappers, perfect-bound. Paris: CNAC, 1974.
First edition, an excellent copy of Boltanski’s fifth inventory, documenting all the earthly possessions of a randomly selected person, this time a resident from Bois-Colombes, a suburb of Paris. This book was published for an exhibition (15 October to 2 December 1974) at the Centre national d’art contemporain. Earlier versions of this piece took place in Baden-Baden, Jerusalem, Oxford, and Copenhagen.
Boltanski explains the intention of this work in the Avant-Propos (in trans.): “The inventory of objects belonging to a woman from Bois-Colombes is...
Small cut-outs with black & white illus. housed in envelope pasted to upper wrapper. Five unnumbered sheets, printed on both sides, blue wrappers, staple-bound. New York: 1990.
A scarce exhibition catalogue distributed by Bound & Unbound for the 1990 ARLIS and CAA conferences. From the beginning of the catalogue: “This exhibition is not a survey of mail art. It’s intentionally limited to ways in which artists have used the mails as a process for the production and dissemination of book-like or sequential works. It’s about “mailed” rather than “mail” art, about communication, subverting established procedures, and the increasing internationalization of the avant-garde...
Full-page illus. by B. Cleveland on first & last pages. Five printed sheets, staple-bound. New York: 1989.
The scarce early catalogue for an innovative Bound & Unbound show held from 3 June to 1 July, 1989. It begins with an illuminating essay on the exhibition’s theme: “These publications - usually not collaborations and certainly not “artists’ books” or examples of fine printing - reflect a rich interaction of literature and visual art…The range of styles is diverse and open minded, from the pop-related idioms of Red Grooms, Robert Indiana, Allan D’Arcangelo, James Rosenquist and Jim Dine, to the austere minimalism of Susan...
Some black & white illus.  pp. Tall 8vo (279 x 108 mm.), printed semi-stiff wrappers designed by Hompson, staple-bound. New York: 1991.
The catalogue for an important exhibition of Davi Det Hompson’s oeuvre that took place at Bound & Unbound’s premises. It begins with an important essay by Clive Phillpot on Hompson’s works, followed by a biography, chronology of Hompson’s exhibitions, the artist’s C.V., and finally the exhibition checklist. The majority of the materials exhibited were for sale. The display presented Hompson’s early artists’ books, pamphlets, some of his wordworks, posters, and exhibition catalogues.
With this catalogue, we also include a limited edition silkscreened folding print by Hompson — 120 copies and signed by the artist — that was mailed separately or available for sale at the exhibition for $7.00, the printed press release, and the postcard announcement for the show.
Two thick-paper cards and rest printed sheets. New York: 1997.
Scarce Bound & Unbound exhibition catalogue. The show took place at the firm’s 601 West 26th Street address from 7 November 1997 through December. The exhibition included works and books by Kaprow, Brecht, Oldenburg, Holmes, Hyde, Onoi, Macinuas, Metzger, McElroy, Whitman, Schneemann, Higgins, Paik, Knowles, Vautier, etc., etc. A total of 50 items were shown, some of which were not for sale.
In fine condition.
Several black & white text illus. 4to, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. New York: 1989.
Rare Bound & Unbound exhibition catalogue on Wooster Enterprises, a short-lived stationery company established by Maciunas, Davidovich, and Henry. The useful introductory essay quotes Davidovich, who described the endeavor as bringing “high art ideas into the context of popular culture.” According to the essay, their creations were quickly snapped up by Bloomingdale’s, B. Altman’s, Mays and other large department stores. Wooster Entreprises’s initial success soon precipitated cash-flow problems and the founders became dissatisfied with the experiment.
The catalogue consists of a checklist of items available for sale — e.g., postcards, “Funfetti”, shopping list pad, pins, cookie jars ($1000.00 each), etc. — biographies of the artists, and several illustrations of the products.
Print-outs stapled and housed in a stamped manila folder and a yellow folder. New York: 1996 & 1999.
I. In a manila folder stamped with the title and the genres found within, this catalogue is entitled, “8 Sheets / Reference: Catalogues, Documentation, Artists’ Writings, Anthologies.” It was distributed at the 1996 College Art Association Conference.
II. In a yellow office folder, three stapled lists issued in 1999. They cover Lawrence Weiner, Weiner’s posters, and rare exhibition ephemera for other artists. In the other pocket of the folder there is a photocopy of a New York Times write-up of a Weiner exhibition at Bound & Unbound.
Three legal-format sheets, printed on both sides, stapled. New York: 1990.
A Bound & Unbound catalogue offering the fruits of their summer buying trip to Germany, Holland, Italy, Belgium, France, Czechoslovakia, and Switzerland. It includes works by or on Acconci, Barry, Vautier, Boltanski, Brouwn, Buren, Darboven, Filliou, Gette, Gilbert & George, Huisman, Ray Johnson, Kaprow, Knowles, LeWitt, Morellet, Munari, Penone, Piper, Rot, Ruscha, Spoerri, Tuttle, Voss, etc.
In fine condition. With a “Press Release” regarding the publication of Mimi Smith’s artist’s book Technical Error 31 ($350.00).
Many black & white illus. Seven legal sheets, printed on both sides, stapled. New York: 1991.
Scarce bookseller’s catalogue of Fluxus materials. It begins with an authoritative essay on Fluxus and its various schools and proponents. Barbara Moore, one of the two proprietors of Bound & Unbound, was close with many of these figures, such as George Maciunas and Dick Higgins. 42 extremely rare and valuable materials are offered, including books, a wristwatch, periodicals, posters, ephemera, photographs, an audio cassette, etc. There are materials by or related to Brecht, Filliou, Higgins, Knowles, Maciunas, Mac Low, Mekas, Barbara & Peter Moore, Ono, Paik...
Many black & white illus. 43 unnumbered pages. 8vo (180 x 128 mm.), orig. printed semi-stiff pictorial wrappers. Munich: Galerie Heiner Friedrich, 1978.
An uncommon catalogue of 26 Broodthaers editions and multiples. With a check-list at the end with information on edition size, medium, and publisher. Each work is illustrated.
In very good condition, with a few tape marks to the lower cover.
Illus. throughout. 64 unnumbered pages. 4to (202 x 202 mm.), orig. semi-stiff gray wrappers. [From colophon]: Eindhoven: S. Brouwn & van abbemuseum, 1981.
Brouwn’s artist’s book as exhibition catalogue for his show at the Van Abbemuseum. It consists of repeated black lines at identical intervals.
Near fine, printed in an edition of 1000 copies.
Several full-page black & white illus, with ads. Unpaginated. 8vo (208 x 150 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers (upper wrapper a bit soiled). Cologne: 1972.
A very rare bookseller’s catalogue prepared for documenta 5, offering 3028 items, including numerous famed artists’ books. In her fascinating piece on the appearance of books as early as documenta 5, Anna Sigrídur Arnar writes: “The publisher and bookseller Walther König installed books in a library format in alignment with the ‘concept of d5’ in the ‘Information’ section of the exhibition, encouraging visitors to roam through his fully functioning bookshop and peruse the books at will. Located just in front...
Black & white illus. Unpaginated 8vo, pictorial wrappers. Cologne: 1975-76.
A scarce catalogue offering works by or about Andre, Baldessari, Broodthaers, Buren, Darboven, Dibbets, Graham, Haacke, Huebler, Judd, Kaprow, Kosuth, Long, Nannucci, Piper, Roth, Ruscha, Weiner, etc.
Very good copy, slightly worn. Some annotations.
Black & white ads. Unpaginated. 4to (207 x 148 mm.), pictorial wrappers with R. Lichtenstein illus., staple-bound. Cologne: 1970.
An early European bookseller catalogue offering the artists’ books, editions, and exhibition catalogues of or concerning Beuys, Brouwn, Cage, Christo, Duchamp, Flavin, R. Graham, Judd, Knowles, LeWitt, Lichtenstein, Long, Oldenburg, Ono, Rauschenberg, Rot, Ruscha, Warhol, Weiner, etc.
In near fine condition, spine sunned.
Illustrated ads. 184 pp. 8vo (210 x 148 mm.), orig. printed pictorial wrappers (spine a bit worn). Cologne: 1985.
A scarce catalogue of art books, with a fine selection of publications by or on Beuys, Broodthaers, Christo, Dali, Dibbets, Duchamp, Filliou, Haring, Johns, Kippenberger, Nam June Paik, Paolini, Tom Phillips, Arnulf Rainer, Lippard, Richter, Ruppersburg, Schneemann, With further sections on Surrealism and Dada, among others.
Very good copy; upper cover a little worn.
42 photographic plates pasted-on & poster laid-in. Unpaginated. Large 8vo, orig. boards & orig. printed dust-jacket, perfect-bound. London: The British Council, 2001.
Scarce catalogue for the British Council’s exhibition of artists’ multiples. It begins with an insightful survey of the medium by Bury, then Head of the Modern English division at the British Library. Many of the items exhibited are illustrated, and there is a check-list at the end of the catalogue. The contents of the exhibition were selected by Diana Eccles, Brett Rogers, and Sarah Staton.
A handsomely designed and important catalogue, in fine condition (slightly warped due to the plates).
Many black & white illus. Two large folded sheets (299 x 212 mm. folded), unbound. Purmerend: Museum Waterland, .
An uncommon exhibition flyer for a display of bookworks at the Museum Waterland. Co-curated by Ulises Carrion and Agius, both included their own works, along with those of François Bouillon, Axel Heibel, Diderick van Kleef, Federico Sanguinetti, Ben Sleeuwenhoek, Ad Gerritsen, J. H. Kocman, Tom Ockerse, Gèza Perneczky, and Pawel Petasz. Several examples of each artist’s work are pictured. All of the works displayed were drawn from Agius and Carrión’s personal collections. This catalogue’s text, written by Alex A. M. de Vries, is in parallel...
Many illus. Unpaginated. 8vo, stiff pictorial boards, cloth spine. [Mexico City]: Alias, 2013.
First edition, an uncommon book examining Carrión’s De Diefstal van het Jaar “exhibition” at the Drents Museum in 1982. This show entailed Ulises Carrion (1941-89) displaying a large diamond in a small and dark room of the museum, without any visible security or restrictions, as a social experiment. In the last decade of his life, Carrión’s practice involved similar investigations of societal norms and the dissemination of information. The previous year, the artist had delved into the spread of gossip and rumors through social networks in the performance...
Text illus. Four unnumbered leaves. Printed sheets (297 x 210 mm.), orig. brown wrappers, staple-bound. [From the first page]: Hou, Denmark: Egmont Højskolen, Feb. 1979.
A very scarce exhibition catalogue crafted by Ulises Carrion. The artist also curated exhibitions on bookworks, mail art, and rubber stamp books in Emmastad, Curaçao; Warsaw; Amsterdam; Rotterdam; Budapest; Alkmaar; Maastricht; Cambridge, England, etc. The present catalogue, with text in English and Danish, begins with Carrión thanking the artist Niels Lomholt. He then describes the exhibited materials: “Time pressures didn’t allow for a wide research, but I believe that the show includes most if not all the...
40 photocopied pages (incl. wrappers), with many illus., stamp on upper wrapper. Small 4to (212 x 155 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. N.p.: 1978.
The extremely rare fifth issue of Commonpress, guest-edited by Ulises Carrion and devoted to boxing, one of the artist’s life-long passions. Based on floating editorship, this mail art periodical comprised works contributed by fellow artists that were then photocopied. Carrión solicited projects from Klaus Groh, Anna Banana, Bill Gaglione, Pawel Petasz, Robin Crozier, Silva Marcondes, etc. On the inside of the lower wrapper, Carrión writes: “The question now arises: has this anthology Primarily to do with art? Or, has...
96 unnumbered pages. Thick 8vo (210 x 150 mm.), semi-stiff printed wrappers. Geneva: Editions Héros-Limite, 2005.
The scarce second edition of Ulises Carrion’s famous Arguments (1st ed.: 1973, published by the Beau Geste Press). In the Getty Research Institute exhibition catalogue Artists and Their Books, Books and Their Artists (2018), Zanna Gilbert writes (about the first edition): “Carrión humorously interrogates the structure and content of books and the literary devices used by authors and playwrights. The titular exchanges in Arguments are indicated only by the names of the participants, with no reference to the actual content of their disagreements. The distinctly Anglophone names...