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Details on recto, handwritten address on reverse. Postcard, mailed. Milan: Daniel Templon, 1974.
Postcard addressed to famed gallerist John Weber, it announces an Art-Language exhibition at Daniel Templon’s Milan gallery. The group showed with Templon on a number of occasions in the 70s.
In fine condition; a most interesting example of exhibition ephemera mailed between important galleries.
❧ Julie Verlaine, Daniel Templon: Une Histoire de l’art contemporain (2016), p. 394.
Michael Lailach, ed., Printed Matter: Die Sammlung Marzona in der Kunstbibliothek (2005), p. 90.
14 black & white illus. 36 unnumbered pages. Irregularly shaped small 4to (200 x 200 mm.), die-cut corners (spine faintly rubbed), staple-bound. [Chicago]: The University of Chicago Library, 1986.
An important exhibition catalogue as well as reference work on artists’ books. This catalogue was designed by the book artist Buzz Spector (b. 1948), and his pencil notes for the mock-up have been reproduced in this final version. Jeffrey Abt, the organizer of the exhibition, writes in an insightful essay: “The contemporary artist’s book…represents an evolution of the book’s use from a vehicle for text and its illustration to an artistically...
Many illus. 96 pp. Tall 8vo, orig. grey covers (upper cover bowed & spine sunned), title on spine. [London]: The Arts Council of Great Britain, 1976.
An essential early exhibition catalogue of artists’ books. This was published for a travelling exhibition arranged by the Arts Council. 157 artists’ books, anthologies, catalogues, periodicals, and important reference works were selected by Attwood and Phillpot, who also contributed essays. The catalogue is profusely illustrated with images of the earliest artists’ publications.
A near fine copy, small fold to a corner of the upper cover.
❧ A. Desjardin, The Book on Books on Artists...
Many illus. 131,  p. Small 4to, orig. semi-stiff pictorial covers, title on spine, perfect-bound. London: British Council, 1975.
The uncommon catalogue for this important exhibition hosted by the British Council, with the essays printed in parallel English and German text. Somewhat overshadowed by the exhibition Artists’ Books of a year later, this show consisted of an impressive presented 120 bookworks and reference books. As is explained on pp. 18-23 (and shown by several illustrations of the exhibition space), each book was displayed on a book shelf and could be handled by visitors. “Art works” were denoted with red stickers...
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...
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.
❧ A. Desjardin, The Book on Books on Artists Books (2nd ed.: 2013) 62...
Illus. throughout (several in color). Oblong thick 8vo, semi-stiff pictorial wrappers, metal fastener. Unpaginated. Amsterdam: 1986.
Boekie Woekie’s first catalogue, issued several months after the bookshop’s founding in January 1986. A collaborative effort and filled with snapshot images of many of the books, this is an important catalogue heralding the opening of the artist-run shop and its considerable efforts to distribute artists’ books worldwide. The original founders were Henriette van Egten, Rúna Thorkelsdóttir, Jan Voss, Pétur Magnússon, Kees Visser, and Saskia de Vriendt.
The catalogue lists 130 items, some with prices. It includes work by Voss, Thorkelsdóttir, van Egten, Visser...
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...
Three black & white illus. 9 unnumbered pages. 8vo (210 x 135 mm.), orig. gray printed wrappers (a little sunned), staple-bound. Paris: P. Rosenberg, 1936.
A scarce Braque exhibition catalogue of paintings made since 1931, featuring mostly still lifes along with two nudes. It lists 20 paintings, three of which are illustrated. Rosenberg had lured Braque away from Daniel Henry Kahnweiler and his brother Léonce in 1922. Braque’s first solo exhibition at Paul Rosenberg’s famed gallery on 21, rue la Boëtie took place in 1924. The final page of this catalogue announces future exhibitions for Seurat, Picasso, Monet, Matisse and...
14 black & white illus.  pp. 4to (270 x 215 mm.), printed wrappers. Eindhoven: prins bernhard fonds, 1980.
Very scarce Stanley Brouwn (1935-2017) catalogue, published to mark the artist receiving the David Röell-Prijs from the Prins Bernhard Fonds in 1980; unknown edition size. It contains reproductions of this way brouwn (1964) and 1 m, 1 step (1980). Text in Dutch.
In near fine condition; some minor scuffing to the spine. WorldCat records just three copies in North America.
❧ Stanley Brouwn: a chronology (2nd ed.: 2005).
Black & white illus.  pp. 4to (270 x 215 mm.), printed semi-stiff wrappers. Amsterdam: Visual Arts Office for Abroad, 1982.
Near fine copy of this scarce Stanley Brouwn (1935-2017) catalogue, published on the occasion of his exhibition at the Dutch pavilion (unknown edition size). The catalogue contains reproductions of the work and photographs of Brouwn’s Biennale exhibition installation. With an informative text — in English and Italian — on the artist’s practice by the art historian Jan Debbaut (b. 1949).
Near fine; a few trivial scuffs. With the printed eight-page illustrated insert laid-in.
❧ Harry Ruhé, Stanley Brouwn: a....
Unpaginated. Square 4to (158 x 162 mm.), printed softcover, title on spine. Frankfurt: Portikus; Rotterdam: Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, 1993.
Rare Stanley Brouwn (1935-2017) artist’s book co-published by Portikus and the Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art; unknown edition size. We locate only a handful of copies in American institutions.
In this publication, Brouwn multiplies meters, ells, steps, and feet on each page, and converts them to centimeters. It was produced on the occasion of the 1993 Frankfurter Buchmesse.
Very good copy; large diagonal crease to the lower cover and a smaller one to the upper...
A trio of rare Stanley Brouwn (1935-2017) artist’s books published simultaneously, with identical paginations and produced in editions of 700. This joint work was made on the occasion of the artist receiving the 2000 Oeuvreprijs van het Fonds voor Beeldende Kunsten, Vormgeving en Bouwkunst.
All three volumes are in fine condition, but for some minor scuffing to the covers. The Clark Art Institute is the only American library with a complete set of all three.
❧ Harry Ruhé, Stanley Brouwn: a chronology (2nd ed.: 2005).
A rare complete set of Brouwn’s first artist’s book “trilogy.” Separately published by the Van Abbemuseum and éditions micheline szwajcer & michèle didier in editions of 600, these three volumes, each presenting their own unit of measurement — feet, ells, and steps — are usually offered individually. Our trio is also presented with the éditions szwajcer & didier announcement card (opening 24 April 1998) for the release of the latter two books.
In 2000, Brouwn created a similar three-part work with the Netherlands’s Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture under the titles: a distance of 336 steps, …2444601 feet...
Unpaginated, printed on rectos only. Thick 4to (156 x 156 mm.), printed softcover, artist’s name on spine. Eindhoven: Van Abbemuseum; Barcelona: MACBA, 2005.
Uncommon artist’s book by Stanley Brouwn (1935-2017), jointly published by the Van Abbemuseum and MACBA in an edition of 1400 copies. The exhibition for which this book was printed took place at the Van Abbemuseum (23 January-17 April 2005); MACBA (22 June-25 September 2005); and Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (14 December-5 March 2006).
The distances in the book are cyclically recorded from Africa, North America, Europe, South America, Oceania, Antarctica, Asia beginning on 24 January...
Unpaginated, printed on rectos only. Square 4to (155 x 156 mm.), printed softcover, artist’s name on spine. [Strasbourg]: Musée d’art moderne et contemporaine Strasbourg, 2001.
A rare artist’s book by Stanley Brouwn (1935-2017), from an edition of 600 copies. Text in English and French. Here the artist measures his steps in “one old foot of strasbourg = 298 mm.” He begins with 60 minutes of steps and concludes with 120 (as printed on the antepenultimate leaf).
Fine. We locate just three examples in North America.
❧ Harry Ruhé, Stanley Brouwn: a chronology (2nd ed.: 2005).
 leaf (title-page), 21 leaves, printed on rectos only. Square 4to (194 x 198 mm.), black printed wrappers (trace of spine label), staple-bound. Schiedam: Stedelijk Museum, 1970.
The artist’s first publication produced to mark a solo museum exhibition. For the remainder of his life, Brouwn (1935-2017) generally made square-format artist’s books with minimalist white covers to document (or materialize) his shows with museums and galleries. Based on Harry Ruhé’s exhaustive bibliography and exhibition list of Brouwn, this is very probably the first exhibition catalogue/artist’s book that Brouwn co-published with a museum.
In this book, the artist invites the reader to...
Unpaginated, printed on rectos only. Square 4to (155 x 155 mm.), printed softcover, title on spine. Luxembourg: Casino Luxembourg – forum d’art contemporain; Dijon: L’Office, Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Dijon, 2001.
Rare Stanley Brouwn (1935-2017) artist’s book, printed in an edition of 700. Text in English and French. The “imaginary column” — measured in “one old foot of Luxembourg = 295 mm.” — grows from 30 feet to 100.
A fine copy. Among American institutions we found just the example at the Art Institute of Chicago.
❧ Harry Ruhé, Stanley Brouwn: a chronology (2nd ed.: 2005).
Many black & white illus. throughout. Unpaginated. Small 4to, printed wrappers & orig. printed dust-jacket, staple-bound. London: Kettle’s Yard Gallery, 1986.
One of the great exhibition catalogues on artists’ books. This sharply conceived book was published for a 1986 exhibition at Kettle’s Yard Gallery (1 November-7 December). Organized by Pavel Buchler (b. 1952), who also designed and wrote this catalogue, the exhibition included loans from Christian Boltanski, Ulises Carrión, Nigel Greenwood, Richard Hamilton, Kasper Koenig, Annette Messager, Anthony d’Offay Gallery, Hansjörg Mayer, Barbara and Gabriele Schmidt-Heins, Michael Werner Galerie, Karsten Schubert, Lawrence Weiner, etc. The exhibition featured the work of...
Black & white floor plan on recto, details on verso. Pictorial card. Düsseldorf: Galerie Konrad Fischer, 1982.
Scarce Daniel Buren exhibition announcement. Held concurrently with a show by Ludger Gerdes. In fine condition.
❧ Ausstellungen bei Konrad Fischer: Düsseldorf Oktober 1967-Oktober 1992 (Edition Marzona: 1993) 191 (p. 203).
Black & white illus. on recto, details on verso with printed address label. Photographic postcard, mailed. Munich: Rüdiger Schöttle, 1980.
Scarce postcard for Buren’s second solo presentation with Schöttle. Part of the installation for Buren’s first exhibition with the gallery (3-31 May 1977) is shown on the recto. Fine; mailed to Eve Sonneman.
❧ Michael Lailach, ed., Printed Matter: Die Sammlung Marzona in der Kunstbibliothek (2005), p. 104.