Printed on both sides, addressee written in ms. Postcard, mailed. Amsterdam: 1975.
Very rare postcard announcing one of the earliest exhibitions at Other Books and So. Ulises Carrión (1941-89) and Aart van Barneveld (1951-90) opened the bookshop’s doors on 15 April 1975, and the space’s inaugural exhibition was Boeken en linguïstische objecten uit allerlei landen [Books and linguistic objects from all sorts of countries] for the month of May.
The recto of this postcard announces the extension of an exhibition at drukhuis, a space one door down from Other Books and So (Herengracht 227). On the verso is a brief...
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Printed on both sides, addressee written in ms. Postcard, mailed. Amsterdam: 1975.
Single sheet, printed on recto only, horizontal & vertical folds. Amsterdam: 1976.
Scarce flyer, designed by Tom Gravemaker, for a show at Other Books and So that was curated by Michael Gibbs. He included pieces by Bal, Dermisache, Tot, Hendriks, Roth, Hellion, Oldenburg, de Rook, Ulrichs, Y. Klein, Uecker, Kalkmann, Picabia, de Vries, Hartwell, Carrión, etc. Newspapers from the United States, Netherlands, Canada, England, Spain, Germany, Poland, Australia, Venezuela, Switzerland, Italy, and New Zealand were incorporated.
Fine. From the collection of Tjeerd Deelstra (b. 1937), the collector and Fluxus adherent.
❧ Guy Schraenen, ed., Dear reader. Don’t read. (2016), pp...
Many black & white illus. Unpaginated, with price-list. 8vo, orig. semi-stiff pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [Paris: 2000].
A scarce bookseller’s catalogue offering photobooks and photographs by Araki, Frank, Hosoe, Kawada, Moriyama, etc. Lists 52 items, with the price-list laid-in. WorldCat records no copy in North America. In fine condition.
Illus. on recto with text printed in red, verso blank. Pictorial card. Düsseldorf: Konrad Fischer Galerie, .
Scarce invitation to Panamarenko’s first show with Konrad Fischer. In excellent condition.
❧ Ausstellungen bei Konrad Fischer: Düsseldorf Oktober 1967-Oktober 1992 (Edition Marzona: 1993) 23 (p. 35).
Postcard, printed on both sides, mailed. Cologne: Paul Maenz, .
One of Maenz’s classic postcard invitations, this was Paolini’s third solo show with the gallery. Near fine copy; mailed to Galleria Marilena Bonomo (Bari).
❧ Gerd de Vries, ed., Paul Maenz Köln, 1970 — 1980 — 1990: Eine Avantgarde Galerie und die Kunst Unserer Zeit (1991), p. 254.
Michael Lailach, ed., Printed Matter: Die Sammlung Marzona in der Kunstbibliothek (2005), p. 150.
Color illus. on inside of covers.  pp. Large 4to, pictorial softcover, title on spine. N.p.: Yvon Lambert, 2006.
Rare artist’s publication, Adam Pendleton’s first. Pendleton (b. 1984) debuted with Yvon Lambert’s gallery in New York the previous year with the exhibition Deeper Down There (22 April-28 May 2005). Contains color reproductions of the four titular paintings and text works by the artist.
In fine condition. WorldCat: Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY) and Clark Art Institute.
From the New York Times review of Deeper Down There (20 May 2005): “Adam Pendleton, a young painter and Conceptualist, takes a coolly intellectual...
81 black & white portraits of the artists. 159 pp. Small 8vo (146 x 105 mm.), semi-stiff printed wrappers. [Kassel: 1977].
A very scarce book printed for documenta 6, with amusing portraits of artists (and their signatures) who presented works or performances at the exhibition in Kassel. The photographer Pfaffe has captured intimate photographs of Abramovic, Acconci, Beuys, Christo, Korot, Kounellis, Kubota, De Maria, Matta-Clark, Muntadas, Paik, Potts, B. & G. Schmidt-Heins, Serra, Vostell, etc. Facing each portrait is a reproduction of the artist’s signature, as well as their biographical information.
Black & white illus. throughout. 32 pp. 8vo, yellow pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Seattle: Nine One One & The Real Comet Press, 1984.
Very rare exhibition catalogue of artists’ books. Curated by Clive Phillpot, Jill Medvedow, and Laura Millin, the show was simultaneously staged in four public locations around Seattle.
From the Introduction by Medvedow: “It is my experience that people do not go to a gallery to read. So, when Nine One One, a contemporary arts and resource center, received a grant to organize an exhibition of artists’ books, I was determined to find a way to place the books...
Many black & white illus. 47 pp. & ads. Oblong 4to, printed covers, plastic spiral-bound. Paris: 1970.
A very rare exhibition catalogue, organized by the young curators and art historians Jean-Marc Poinsot (b. 1948) and Alfred Pacquement (b. 1948) on political art addressing racism in its many deleterious forms. WorldCat records just two copies in France. There are short prefaces by the curators and a lengthy analysis by Poinsot (“Lecture possible”) of the artists and their work. According to the Archives de la critique d’art page for Poinsot, this was his first-ever contribution to a catalogue; for Pacquement, this was...
Black & white photographic illus. on recto with text, details on verso. Pictorial postcard, mailed. Düsseldorf: Konrad Fischer, 1973.
Rare postcard invitation to Polke’s third and final show with his former classmate and collaborator Konrad Fischer. The image on the recto shows an earlier iteration of Polke’s installation of Vitrinenstück, the version depicted in Ausstellungen bei Konrad Fischer… varies substantially.
In excellent condition. Mailed to curator Judith Cahen (b. 1938).
❧ D. Fischer, ed., Ausstellungen bei Konrad Fischer: Düsseldorf Oktober 1967-Oktober 1992 (Edition Marzona: 1993) 79.
Pictorial postcard, mailed. Bonn: Galerie Klein, 1977.
Scarce Sigmar Polke exhibition postcard. This copy was mailed to “Herr u. Frau Hahn” (possibly collector and conservator Wolfgang Hahn (1924-1987)). Polke’s “[Photographer’s Window, Afghanistan]” (1975) is reproduced on the recto.
Near fine; two holes punched out.
Full-bleed color illus. throughout. Unpaginated. 8vo, glossy pictorial semi-stiff wrappers, perfect-bound, title on spine. London: Sadie Coles HQ; Köln: Walther König, 2003.
Scarce Richard Prince artist’s book published in conjunction with his exhibition of the same name at Sadie Coles HQ (23 April-31 May 2003); published in an edition of 1400 copies. It opens with Prince’s essay on his book collection, “Collecting: Bring It All Back Home.” The remainder of the book consists of photographs that juxtapose the covers and dust-jackets of American and English editions of books in Prince’s collection.
In fine condition. Designed by Herman Lelie.
Full-bleed color illus. throughout.  leaves. 4to, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Toronto: Presentation House Gallery & Bywater Bros. Editions, 2006.
Uncommon artist’s book by Richard Prince (b. 1949). The first publication in Bywater Bros.’s Lynn Valley series, later books were made with Johannes Wohnseifer, Jonathan Monk, Annette Kelm, Dick Oulton, Roe Etheridge & Cheyney Thompson, Zhang Dali, Derek Sullivan, Jack Pierson, Andrew Dadson, and Fiona Banner.
Illus. on recto, details on verso. Pictorial postcard, mailed. Düsseldorf: Konrad Fischer Galerie, 1979.
Scarce postcard invitation from Konrad Fischer Galerie. Near fine; small loss to the head of the recto. Mailed to Heidi & Dieter Witte.
❧ Ausstellungen bei Konrad Fischer: Düsseldorf Oktober 1967-Oktober 1992 (Edition Marzona: 1993) 160.
Illus. throughout.  pp. (incl. wrappers). Stuttgart: ca. 1974-75.
A very rare publisher’s catalogue created by Albrecht D.’s Reflection Press, which was founded in 1968. This chaotically designed catalogue offers books, multiples, paintings, collages, and mail art. Many of the listings are illustrated.
In fine condition.
❧ Not in A. Desjardin, The Book on Books on Artists Books (2nd ed.: 2013).
Black & white illus. throughout. 76,  pp. with biographies of artists. 12mo, printed softcover. New York: 1977.
Rare exhibition catalogue from René Block’s New York outpost which opened at 409 West Broadway in May 1974. This show (21 May-11 June 1977) was the last to take place at the New York gallery.
Adherents of the “Wiener Aktionismus” were the focus of the present exhibition: Gunter Brus, Otto Muhl, Hermann Nitsch, Arnulf Rainer, Gerhard Ruhm, and Rudolf Schwarzkogler. There are many pictures of the artists' works within. Curator Peter Weiermair has written the introduction.
Good copy; covers foxed and first...
Five black & white illus. Illustrated flyer, folded for mailing. Düsseldorf: Konrad Fischer, 1970.
Flyer distributed for Richter’s debut presentation with Konrad Fischer’s gallery. The two had a difficult friendship stretching back to their time as students at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. With Sigmar Polke, the three then started the Capitalist Realism movement in 1963. Richter (b. 1932) went on to have six exhibitions with Fischer.
The flyer has five small images of the artist's paintings and a complete listing of the pictures selected for the show, with their catalogue raisonné numbers. Printed on Fischer’s letterhead, it also lists the other...