14 pp. Folded loose sheets. New York: 1974.
Newsletter distributed by Rietman, one of the main purveyors of art books in New York in the latter half of the 20th century. Offers mostly exhibition catalogues and art monographs, but we note the “S.M.S.” portfolio for $150. We include a brochure for “The Nova Scotia Series” and a typed letter signed by Rietman.
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14 pp. Folded loose sheets. New York: 1974.
Several black & white illus. Unpaginated. Small 8vo, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. San Francisco: 1992.
Scarce dealer catalogue offering works by Baldessari, Bloom, Condo, Cragg, Darboven, Forg, Gober, Hockney, Judd, Knoebel, Z. Leonard, S. Levine, LeWitt, Mangold, Marden, Nauman, Pettibon, Polke, Rauschenberg, Salle, Sherman, Wool, etc. Near fine; mailed copy and stapled photograph inside.
Three black & white illus. Unpaginated. Small 8vo, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. San Francisco: 1992.
Scarce dealer catalogue offering pieces by Beuys, Caramelle, Cucchi, Dine, Fischl, Halley, Immendorf, Kosuth, LeWitt, Long, A. Martin, Oldenburg, Prince, Riley, Ryman, Schnabel, Serra, Sherman, Stella, Sultan, Taaffe, Tuttle, Twombly, Wool, Wurm, etc. Near fine; mailed copy.
34 pp. 8vo (215 x 136 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers (corners a trifle worn), staple-bound. [Paris]: Editions des Musées Nationaux, 1951.
The updated French edition of this scarce museum catalogue. The Jeu de Paume was opened in 1947 for the exhibition of Impressionist artworks. Its earliest shows were organized by René Huyghe (1906-97), paintings curator at the Louvre, and one of the figures responsible for the safeguarding of France’s artistic treasures during the German occupation. Huyghe’s assistant curator, Jean Leymarie (1919-2006), edited the present catalogue. It proceeds room by room, updating earlier versions of the catalogue with the new arrangement...
Details on recto, verso blank. Printed card. New York: John Weber Gallery, 1972.
Scarce and early exhibition ephemera distributed by John Weber Gallery. Shortly after the closure of Virginia Dwan’s New York gallery on West 57th Street where he was director, Weber opened his own space at 420 West Broadway in September 1971. Many of Dwan’s artists joined Weber’s new gallery and several were part of the present exhibition.
In excellent condition.
Single sheet, printed on recto only, two black & white illus., horizontal & vertical folds. Amsterdam: 1977.
Rare Other Books and So flyer for an Allan Kaprow (1927-2006) exhibition. The items displayed were supplied by Barbara Moore and Jon Hendricks’s dealership Backworks. The flyer bears two slightly unsettling found images from a medical textbook. The present show was one of several held concurrently early on at the bookstore’s new premises at Herengracht 259. Tom Ockerse’s exhibition had the same dates.
Fine. From the collection of Tjeerd Deelstra (b. 1937), the collector and Fluxus adherent.
❧ Guy Schraenen, ed., “We have...
Several color illus. 63 pp. Small 4to (223 x 169 mm.), pictorial boards, title on spine, pictorial endpapers. Cologne: Kölnischer Kunstverein & Japanisches Kulturinstitut, 1997.
Scarce catalogue for an exhibition jointly organized by the Kölnischer Kunstverein Japanisches Kulturinstitut in Cologne (26 August-8 October 1995). It was published two years after the exhibition took place.
The catalogue contains installation views, a diagram of the exhibition space, and lists of the rotating display of On Kawara’s Date Paintings. Each week the paintings were rotated with new ones. On the facing wall copies of the newspapers which the artist used to construct the...
Black & white illus. 13,  p. Small 8vo, printed wrappers, stitched. Birmingham: Ikon Gallery, 2006.
Uncommon exhibition catalogue for On Kawara’s solo presentation at Ikon Gallery. From the foreword by curator Jonathan Watkins: “This exhibition consists entirely of Date Paintings. They are part of On Kawara’s Today Series, an ongoing project begun in 1966, a series of paintings, each made in a day, bearing the inscribed date on which they were made. Each painting in this selection was made on a Sunday, one selected per year since the inception of the Today Series, thus conveying the idea ironically of...
Color illus. throughout. 50 pp. & plates. Large 4to, cloth-covered boards, pictorial dust-jacket, title on spine. Köln: Lenbachhaus München & Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2000.
An important and richly illustrated On Kawara exhibition catalogue that is now rather scarce. This show was devoted to Kawara’s I Got Up postcards. With texts by Ulrich Wilmes and Michel Butor in German, French, and English.
Black & white full-page and double-page illus. throughout.  pp. (incl. inside of wrappers). 12mo, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Münster, Germany: A. Bernhöft & Skulptur Projekte Münster, 2017.
Rare booklet published in conjunction with the 2017 iteration of Kawara’s traveling exhibition Pure Consciousness. Seven Date Paintings completed on seven consecutive days in January 1997 were displayed at the Berg Fidel child day-care center in Münster, Germany. Text by Akiko Bernhöft in German and English.
❧ See the One Million Years Foundation website page “Pure Consciousness” for a full description of the exhibition series.
Black & white full-page & double-page illus. throughout.  pp. (incl. inside of wrappers]. 12mo, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Toronto: Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery & Bywater Bros. Editions, .
Rare booklet for the Toronto leg of On Kawara’s Pure Consciousness traveling exhibition of Date Paintings. The series began in Sydney in 1998 and continues to this day, per the artist’s wishes. The paintings were exhibited at Ossington Old Orchard Public school in Toronto in February 2006. It was organized by Reid Shier. The booklet’s cryptic text is excerpted from Shigeru Matsui’s Pure Poem (2001).
Fine. We do not locate any...
Black & white illus. (one double-page). 18 pp. Small 8vo, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Palestine: Alpha Studio, 2007.
The very rare booklet published in conjunction with the Bethlehem leg of Kawara’s traveling exhibition Pure Consciousness which began in Sydney in 1998. For the exhibition, seven “Date Paintings” from the Today series (1966-2013) are displayed in a kindergarten classroom. These paintings have traveled around the world to cities and towns such as Sydney; Tongyeong, South Korea; Reykjavik; Istanbul; Goa; Inari, Finland; Thimphu, Bhutan; Abidjan, Ulaanbaatar; Toliara, Madagascar, etc. The photographs in the booklet focus on the students with the paintings only blurry...
 pp. Small folio (297 x 210 mm.), printed pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Nagoya: Institute of Contemporary Arts, 1989.
An uncommon Kawara exhibition catalogue published by Nagoya’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. Curated by Eriko Osaka, the show consisted of 23 of Kawara’s “Date Paintings” (executed between 7 June 1966 and 24 November 1988) displayed alongside 24 works by other Japanese artists, including Hiroshi Sugimoto, Jiro Takamatsu, Kanji Wakae, Nobuo Sekine, Hitoshi Nomura, Kazuo Okazaki, Ryoji Koie, etc. The latter 24 artworks are all pictured in this catalogue. Text in Japanese.
In near fine condition; minor scuffing to the spine.
201 black & white illus on rectos only.  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...
Illus. throughout. Total of 4790 pp. 12 vols. Thick 4to (217 x 156 mm.), uniform gray cloth, titles on spines. Brussels: Editions Micheline Szwajcer & Michèle Didier, 2004.
The massive and rare reproduction of the On Kawara’s I Met series (1968-79); signed by the artist. During this period, Kawara (1932-2014, i.e., 29,771 days) documented every single person with whom he conversed in the course of a day. He eventually grew tired of the practice, as did some of his closest friends (explained below), but it ended only when Kawara’s attaché case containing the rubber stamps integral to several of his...
Illus. throughout. Total of 4740 pp. 13 vols. Thick 4to (all 216 x 155 mm.), uniform gray cloth, titles on spines. Brussels: mfc-michèle didier, 2007.
The very rare monumental facsimile of the On Kawara’s I Went series (1968-79); signed by the artist. For more than a decade, Kawara (1932-2014, i.e., 29,771 days,) assiduously recorded all of his movements on photocopied local maps on which he traced his peregrinations in red. This period of the artist’s life was especially peripatetic; he traveled around North America, South America, Europe, and Japan. Besides Walther König’s facsimile (1992, edition of 300) of Kawara’s I...
Many color plates. 72 pp.; second part unpaginated. Oblong 4to (217 x 281 mm.), orig. black pictorial boards, title on spine, orig. slipcase (a little worn). Tokyo: Parco Co., 1991.
A scarce catalogue on Kawara’s previously unstudied five-year stay in Tokyo, where he was part of influential avant-garde art student associations and wrote many pieces of art criticism. His violent and grotesque imagery from this period is in stark contrast to his streamlined conceptual “Date Paintings.” This book reproduces the complete Bathroom series (1953-54; Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art), Events in a Warehouse (1954; ibid.), and a number of...
2 p.l., 2001; 2 p.l., 2001 pp. Two vols. Small 4to (152 x 118 mm.), orig. black cloth over semi-stiff boards, gilt & silver lettering on upper covers and spines, housed in a cloth-covered slipcase. [Brussels]: Editions M. Szwajcer & M. Didier, 1999.
The scarce artist’s book revisiting On Kawara’s One Million Years. A total of 570 copies of this work were printed: 60 numbered and signed, 10 artist’s proofs, and 500 numbered; this is one of the numbered copies (no. 305). The first volume, “Past” (998031 BC to 1969 AD), begins with the phrase, “For all those who have...
Many black & white illus. 16 pp. Small folio (295 x 210 mm.), orig. semi-stiff pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Tokyo: Galere Watari, 1983.
A rare exhibition catalogue for Kawara’s bookwork One Million Years. The exhibition took place at Galerie Watari in Tokyo from 27 October to 30 November. With a useful biography of the artist at the end. The present exhibition was held concurrently with another one of Kawara’s work at the Galerie Watari: Date Paintings 1981-1983.
Founded in 1972 by Shizuko Watari (1932-2012), Galerie Watari hosted exhibitions by Haring, Broodthaers, Nam June Paik, and Shinro Ohtake. The gallery closed in...
2 p.l., 2001; 2 p.l., 2001 pp. Two vols. Small 4to (152 x 118 mm.), orig. black cloth over semi-stiff boards, gilt & silver lettering on upper covers and spines, housed in a cloth-covered slip-case. [Brussels]: Editions M. Szwajcer & M. Didier, 1999.
One of 60 signed copies — initialed on the colophons in both volumes — of this remarkable artist’s book recasting On Kawara’s famed One Million Years. A total of 570 copies of this work were printed: 60 numbered and signed, 10 artist’s proofs, and 500 numbered. The first volume, “Past” (998031 BC to 1969 AD), begins with...