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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...
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.
Facsimile black & white illus. throughout, all on rectos.  ruled leaves. Vertically oriented 8vo, semi-stiff green printed wrappers, notebook cover with facsimile ms., staple-bound. Bonn: Erhard Klein, 1990.
A rare facsimile reproduction of a notebook illustrated by Sigmar Polke (1941-2010). On the upper cover of the notebook are the dates “12-13.1.70” and a note at the bottom “für Palermo / von Sigmar 26.3.70,” both reproduced in facsimile. A facsimile inscription to the publisher Klein is at the end of the notebook.
In excellent condition. WorldCat locates only three copies in North America: Bard, Getty, and Harvard.
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...
Color photographic illus. on recto, details on verso. Photographic postcard. Düsseldorf: Konrad Fischer, 1975.
Scarce postcard invitation made for Richter’s third solo presentation at Konrad Fischer. This was the first time the artist’s surreal portraits of Gilbert & George were shown. Richter based them on photographs of the duo, from which he executed eight paintings. Gilbert & George had asked Richter to paint them during their March 1974 exhibition with Fischer. The recto illustration depicts the painting Gilbert & George (1975) [cat. raisonné no. 383].
In fine condition.
❧ D. Fischer, ed., Ausstellungen bei Konrad Fischer: Düsseldorf Oktober 1967-Oktober 1992...
Black & white photographic illus., details on verso. Photographic postcard. Düsseldorf: Konrad Fischer, 1972.
Postcard invitation to Richter’s second show at the gallery of his comrade-in-arms Konrad Fischer. Despite their tumultuous relationship, Richter (b. 1932) exhibited at the gallery six times, his debut occurring April-May 1970. The photograph on the recto depicts one of the three paintings shown: Rot-Blau-Gelb (rötlich) [cat. raisonné no. 327], Rot-Blau-Gelb (grünlich) [no. 328], and Rot-Blau-Gelb [no. 329]. The first two entered the collection of Sylvia and Ulrich Ströher and are now at the MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst in Duisburg. The third is at...
Many illus. throughout. 159 pp. 4to, orig. printed semi-stiff wrappers, perfect-bound. London: Book Works, 1996.
A wonderfully illustrated account of Book Works, the publisher of artists’ books founded by Rolo and Rob Hadrill in 1984. It features two essays, by Pavel Büchler and Ann Gallagher.
In fine condition. Printed in an edition of 2000 copies.
❧ A. Desjardin, The Book on Books on Artists Books (2nd ed.: 2013) 296.
Printed on one side only. Single sheet, vertical & horizontal folds as issued. Amsterdam: 1976.
Flyer for de Rook’s presentation held at Other Books and So. de Rook (b. 1943) is an artist, historian and published one of Ulises Carrión’s books, Conjugations (Love Stories) (1973) with his publishing outfit in Utrecht, exp/press. A fine copy.
❧ Catalogue 237: Ulises Carrión (2022), p. 180.
Black & white illus. throughout. Unpaginated. Large 4to, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Utrecht: exp/press, 1975.
Second edition (published in the same year as the first), a scarce and important compendium of stamp artists and their stamps. de Rook (b. 1943) is an art critic, book artist, and edited the avant-garde magazine bloknoot.
A near fine copy.
❧ John Held, Jr., ed., Mail Art: An Annotated Bibliography (1991) 10–(misdated as “1976”)
Black & white portrait of the artist & 8 color illus. Large 4to, orig. printed wrappers (minor soiling), title on spine. Tokyo: Akira Ikeda Gallery, 1993.
Very rare exhibition catalogue, one of 1000 copies produced; WorldCat locates no holdings outside of Germany. Akira Ikeda produced many impressive shows of American and European artists in his Tokyo and Nagoya galleries in the 80s and 90s. For this exhibition, Rosenquist (1933-2017) presented eight paintings from the titular series, each is illustrated within. At the end there is a checklist and a biography and bibliography of the artist.
Card, mailed. Text on recto, mailing label on verso. Amsterdam: Seriaal, 1970.
Scarce piece of Seriaal ephemera. Seriaal was an Amsterdam gallery devoted to accessible and affordable editions, multiples, and prints. A former librarian at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Smals (1939-83) directed the gallery from 1968 until 1975, when she turned it over to gallerist Helen van der Mey.
Based on the exhibition name, Rot (1930-98) presented multiples and prints, as well as chocolate and mold-based works.
Near fine, mailed copy.