Both folded A4 format, printed on rectos only. Zürich: 1987.
Scarce exhibition posters created by Marlene Frei for a D. Roth exhibition of his drawings, multiples, books, and records in 1987. The first poster, clearly designed by Roth, has been signed and dated by him. Printed on the gallery’s letterhead, the second poster reproduces a handwritten note by Roth apologizing that he will not be present at the show’s opening.
Both in near fine condition.
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Both folded A4 format, printed on rectos only. Zürich: 1987.
Many illus. 85 pp. 12mo, printed semi-stiff wrappers, title on spine. Amsterdam: Tuja Books, 1999.
An amusing collection of reminiscences by collector and gallerist Harry Ruhé. With anecdotes about artists such as Brecht, Brouwn, Carla, Corner, Friedman, Hansen, Maciunas, Moorman, de Ridder, Roth, etc. A separate, signed edition of 100 copies was made the same year.
Near fine; some marks to the lower wrapper.
Large poster catalogue (445 x 572 mm.) of Ruscha’s first 10 artist’s books, vertical & horizontal folds, ms. prices added in blue ink. Los Angeles: Heavy Industry Publications, [ca. 1970].
Rare catalogue, in poster format, of Ruscha’s photographic artist’s books; WorldCat records just the copy at the RKD in The Hague, although we know of several copies in American institutions. Most examples that we have seen are cut into two horizontal rows, the present is intact as it was originally printed. This copy seems to have been sent to Europe because some of the books have had their prices updated...
Eight black & white offset-printed photographic illus.  pp. Accordion format (195 x 105 mm. closed; 195 x 940 mm. fully unfolded). Munich: Galerie Heiner Friedrich, 1970.
The extremely rare catalogue for the first exhibition devoted to Ruscha’s artist’s books. Hosted by the trailblazing German gallerist Heiner Friedrich (b. 1938), an important proponent of American artists in Europe, the show presented Ruscha’s first eight books, beginning with Twentysix Gasoline Stations (1963) — incorrectly dated “1962” here — and ending with Nine Swimming Pools (1968). Interestingly, a second show focused on these books did not take place in the United States...
Three black & white illus.  loose sheets as issued, printed on rectos only. Clinton, NY: 1974.
An extremely rare Ruscha exhibition catalogue; the only copy recorded on WorldCat is at the host institution Hamilton College. In the early 70’s, Ed Ruscha exhibited at a number of American universities, such as the University of California, Santa Cruz; UC, San Diego; Colgate University; Northern Kentucky State University; University of North Dakota; and Hamilton College. The majority of these shows were devoted to the artist’s prints and fabled books. The very first exhibition devoted to Ruscha’s artist’s books was held March-April 1970...
Black & white portrait on recto, details on reverse. Photographic postcard. Munich: Rüdiger Schöttle, 1978.
A famous and rare postcard invitation bearing Ruscha’s portrait, published on the occasion of a presentation of his artist’s books at Schöttle’s gallery in Munich. In fine condition.
❧ Michael Lailach, ed., Printed Matter: Die Sammlung Marzona in der Kunstbibliothek (2005), p. 159.
Jeremy Cooper, The World Exists to be Put on a Postcard: Artists’ Postcards from 1960 to Now (2019), p. 112 (pictured).
 leaves, printed on rectos only. Printed wrappers, leaves laid-in and loose as issued. Utrecht: Utrechtse Kring, 1971.
An extremely rare exhibition catalogue; held at the Utrechtse Kring, this was the third solo presentation of Ed Ruscha’s storied artist’s books at a European gallery. It followed shows at Heiner Friedrich in Munich (17 March-4 April 1970) and Nigel Greenwood Inc. Ltd. in London (7-30 January 1971). Neither Berggruen Gallery nor Gagosian (two of Ruscha’s main American galleries) list this show in their exhibition histories for the artist and presumably are not aware of it.
Ruscha (b. 1937) is introduced in...
Black & white photographic illus. with caption on recto, details on verso. Photographic postcard, mailed. Düsseldorf: Konrad Fischer, .
Very scarce and early postcard invitation produced by Konrad Fischer. This was Ryman’s second exhibition in Europe and first with Fischer’s gallery. Ryman’s first European show, with Galerie Heiner Friedrich (19 November-December 10), began two days before the present one. The Fischer exhibition presented the artist’s “Classico” series (nos. 1-6). The illustration shows a detail of J. Green (1968).
“Konrad Fischer and the Munich-based gallerist Heiner Friedrich, at whose gallery Konrad Lueg had had a solo exhibition in 1967, became partners...
Many full-bleed black & white illus. throughout. 260 pp. (incl. wrappers). 12mo (160 x 117 mm.), orig. printed semi-stiff wrappers, pictorial flaps, perfect-bound. Paris: C. Daviet-Thery, September 2011.
An exhibition catalogue mostly unrelated to the exhibition for which it was published. This volume originates from Christoph Schifferli’s show Books on Books (2009) which he curated at the invitation of gallerist Christophe Daviet-Thery. He displayed 26 artists’ books that concern books and their representation. Daviet-Thery then commissioned book designer Saint-Loubert Bié to create the show’s catalogue. The designer invited artists Yann Sérandour and Jonathan Monk for a conversation about 12 artists’...
Illus. on recto, details on verso. Photographic postcard, mailed. Genoa: Saman Gallery, 1978.
Scarce postcard mailed on the occasion of the Schmidt-Heins twins’ exhibition at Saman Gallery. The twins are two of the most important European book artists. Near fine; some minor creasing from mailing. Addressed to Eve Sonneman.
Printed on one side only. Single sheet, two horizontal folds as mailed. Amsterdam: 1977.
Scarce announcement for Schraenen’s second 1977 exhibition at Other Books and So. Not only a scholar and collector of artists’ publications, Schraenen also ran a publishing firm that produced artists’ books, catalogues, and multiples.
Near fine; some minor browning at the margins and creasing to the foot of the sheet.
❧ Catalogue 237: Ulises Carrión (2022), p. 181.
Printed on one side only. Single sheet, horizontal fold as mailed. Amsterdam: 1977.
One of the most visually appealing Other Books and So flyers, it announces the first of two consecutive shows by Guy Schraenen (1941-2018) at the bookshop/gallery space. Schraenen and Ulises Carrión partnered on a great number of initiatives and projects.
Fine; faint sunning at the edges.
❧ Catalogue 237: Ulises Carrión (2022), p. 181.
Black and white & color illus.  pp. Square 4to, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Bremen: Neues Museum Weserburg, 1997.
Scarce exhibition catalogue; one of 1000 copies. The Schmidt Heins twins (b. 1949) are two of the most active and prolific book artists in Germany, engaging with newspapers, magazines, photographs, coffee beans, paint, etc. Guy Schraenen (1941-2018), curator at the Neues Museum Weserburg, conceived this exhibition as a retrospective of their bookworks from 1972-82. This catalogue was jointly designed by the twins. Schraenen contributes an essay entitled “Einzahl Mehrzal.” With useful lists of exhibitions and books on the penultimate page.
Black & white illus. throughout. 23,  p. Square 4to, aubergine pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Bremen: Neues Museum Weserburg, 1996.
Uncommon exhibition catalogue focused on Christian Boltanski’s artist's books. This show was one of many shows put together at the Neues Musuem Weserburg Bremen by curator Guy Schraenen (1941-2018) on the topic of artists’ publications. Boltanski (1944-2021) loaned several works to the exhibition, and the catalogue has several visual reproductions of his work. The catalogue essay, written by Schraenen, is entitled “Gedächtnis des Vergessens” [“Memory of Forgetting”]. This is a most useful reference in the study of Boltanski’s numerous books. With...
 pp. Square 4to, red pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Bremen: Neues Museum Weserburg, 1995.
One publication from a series of exhibition catalogues spearheaded by Guy Schraenen (1941-2018), the scholar of small presses and artists’ book, at the Neues Museum Weserburg in Bremen. He dedicated this show to an examination of photocopy art and its implications in contemporary art. Works by artists such as Seth Siegelaub, Emmett Williams, Mario Lara, Paulo Bruscky, Louise Neaderland, François Norguet, Russell Butler, Gastao de Magalhaes, Steve Hitchcock, Luis Catriel, Anna Bella Geiger, Flavio Pons, Timm Ulrichs, Lawrence Weiner, Tom Ockerse, etc., etc. were displayed, all of...
Black & white illus. throughout.  pp. Square 4to, red & white pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Bremen: Neues Museum Weserburg, 1999.
Uncommon exhibition catalogue on printed books and multiples by Daniel Buren (b. 1938). Curated by Guy Schraenen (1941-2018), the exhibition is an useful survey of an underappreciated aspect of the artist’s practice. Schraenen was responsible for a long series of exhibitions devoted to artists’ publications at the Neues Museum Weserburg. The catalogue is illustrated with pictures of many of Buren’s bookworks. Schraenen’s catalogue essay “Le Livre, Lieu d’Exposition ‘In Situ’” is printed in German and French. At the end are...
 leaves. 4to, gray printed wrappers, staple-bound. Bremen: Neues Museum Weserburg, 1992.
Important exhibition catalogue with a translation of Ulises Carrión’s “The New Art of Making Books” into German. This is one of a long series of catalogues on artists’ books that Schraenen edited at the Neues Museum Weserburg in Bremen. With a useful biography and bibliography of Carrión’s bookworks.
In excellent condition. Now a scarce catalogue. Volume 2 in the Sammlung der Künstlerbücher.
Black & white illus. throughout. 23,  p. Square 4to, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Bremen: Neues Museum Weserburg, 1992.
Uncommon and useful exhibition catalogue, this is an important reference work on the books of Dieter Roth (1930-98). Many of his works are reproduced within and the bibliography near the end has helpful details. With an essay by the curator, Guy Schraenen (1941-2018), entitled “Man sieht den Baum vor lauter Wald nicht.” [“You can't see the Tree for the Forest”]. With the errata stamped on the lower wrapper.
In excellent condition. One of 1000 copies printed. Volume 4 in the Sammlung der...
Several black & white illus.  pp. Square 4to, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Bremen: Neues Museum Weserburg, 1995.
One of the most important exhibition catalogues from this series; it contains the most authoritative bibliography of the enigmatic artist’s books, multiples, and ephemera. This is one of the regular versions printed (1200 copies), a special edition was made in the format of a portfolio under the title: ‘”Perfect is my death word: Bücher, Editionen, Ephemera.”’ Byars (1932-97) had a varied and prodigious output of printed works, this “attempt at a catalogue raisonné,” compiled by Bettina Brach, records 186 pieces. Printed in parallel...
 pp. Square 4to, gray printed wrappers, staple-bound. Bremen: Neues Museum Weserburg, 1997.
Scarce exhibition catalogue on the work of Jiri Valoch (b. 1946); one of 1000 copies. This is part of an extensive series of shows and accompanying catalogues on artists’ books curated by Guy Schraenen (1941-2018) at the Neues Museum Weserburg. The catalogue contains an essay by Schraenen (“Wort als Wort”), a 10-page work by Valoch, and a biography and bibliography of the artist.
In excellent condition. Volume 18 in the Sammlung der Künstlerbücher.
❧ A. Desjardin, The Book on Books on Artists Books (2nd ed.: 2013) 90...
Black & white illus. throughout.  pp. Square 4to, printed pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Bremen: Neues Museum Weserburg, 1994.
Scarce exhibition catalogue, concerning the transformation of writing by artists such as Joanna Adamczewska, Marcel Broodthaers, William Burroughs, James Lee Byars, Ulises Carrión, Guy de Cointet, Pierre Cordier, Hanne Darboven, Mirtha Dermisache, Christian Dotremont, Peter Downsbrough, Jean Dubuffet, Jochen Gerz, Brion Gysin, Wilfried Huet, J.H. Kocman, Tom Phillips, Raymond Queneau, K.B. Schauffelen, and Timm Ulrichs. With an essay by the curator, Guy Schraenen (1941-2018).
In fine condition. One of 1000 copies. Volume 11 in the Sammlung der Künstlerbücher.
❧ A. Desjardin, The...
Black & white illus. throughout. 23,  p. Square 4to, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Bremen, Neues Museum Weserburg, 1994.
Important exhibition catalogue of Sol LeWitt’s books that is now scarce. Organized by Guy Schraenen (1941-2018), this exhibition was one of several dozen shows on artists’ publications that he curated. The catalogue contains numerous reproductions of LeWitt’s bookworks and at the end there is a very helpful bibliography.
Near fine copy; sticker mark to the lower wrapper. Printed in an edition of 1000 copies. Volume 9 of the Sammlung der Künstlerbücher.
❧ A. Desjardin, The Book on Books on Artists Books (2nd...