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.
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Illus. on recto, details on verso. Pictorial postcard, mailed. Düsseldorf: Konrad Fischer Galerie, 1979.
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...
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.
Black & white portrait on recto, details on reverse. Photographic postcard. Munich: Rüdiger Schöttle, 1978.
A famous and rare postcard invitation bearing Ruscha’s portait, 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).
Pictorial postcard, mailed. Düsseldorf: Konrad Fischer Galerie, .
Very scarce and early postcard invitation from the Konrad Fischer Galerie. This was the artist’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).
Fine, mailed to the artist Gerhard von Graevenitz (1934-83).
❧ Ausstellungen bei Konrad Fischer: Düsseldorf Oktober 1967-Oktober 1992 (1993) 13.
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’...
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...
10 black & white illus. Leporello (158 x 127 mm. folded; 158 x 1651 mm. unfolded), printed on one side only and consisting of 13 printed pages. [From final page]: Seattle, WA: Richard Hines Gallery, 1979.
A very rare catalogue in an innovative leporello format issued on the occasion of Serra’s solo exhibition of drawings at the Richard Hines Gallery in Seattle. All seven pieces are illustrated, with a check-list.
Near fine, minor wear to the first and last pages.
Black & white illus. throughout. 34 pp. Small 4to, pictorial wrappers (designed by Barfuß), staple-bound. Berlin: Happy-Happy, 1981.
One of the earliest exhibition catalogues in which Kippenberger (1953-97) features, albeit here under the pseudonym “Hans Siebert.” The real Hans Siebert was a poster artist who executed the paintings in Kippenberger’s Leiber Maler, male mir series. Among American institutions, we could only one example of this catalogue, held by the Museum of Modern Art (NY).
It reproduces approximately 15 of Kippenberger’s early paintings and drawings. The graphic upper wrapper was designed by Ina Barfuß (b. 1949). “Siebert” is pictured on the...
One black & white full-page illus. 8 pp. Large 8vo (252 x 168 mm.), orig. printed wrappers, staple-bound. [Antibes: 1955].
The rare catalogue of the first posthumous exhibition for the artist (1914-55), which was held at the Musée d’Antibes (now the Musée Picasso); WorldCat shows only one copy, in Switzerland. A travelling exhibition of de Staël’s work was organized in the United States the same year. This catalogue, with one illustration, lists 17 works, with measurements, which the artist completed “in the light of the Mediterranean” in the months before his suicide. At the end, there is a note that...
Single sheet, printed on recto only, two rubber-stamped illus., horizontal & vertical folds. Amsterdam: 1977.
Other Books and So flyer for a performance by the Dutch artist Moniek Toebosch (1948-2012). This was one of a series of early exhibitions staged at the bookstore’s new premises at Herengracht 259. Allan Kaprow and Tom Ockerse had concurrent shows, 6-24 September.
Fine. From the collection of Tjeerd Deelstra (b. 1937), the collector and Fluxus adherent.
❧ Guy Schraenen, ed., Dear reader. Don’t read. (2016), pp. 184 & 201 (pictured).
Paper cutout in the shape of two hands. [Paris: A L’Etoile Scellée, 1953].
The scarce and delightful invitation — in the shape of two hands — for a Toyen exhibition held at A L’Etoile Scellée in May 1953. Managed by André Breton, the gallery was financially supported by the gallerist Sophie Babet. Located on rue du Pré aux Clercs in the 7th arrondissement, the gallery served as an influential center of Surrealism from 1952 to 1956. Breton was responsible for a bold program, inviting unheralded abstract and Surrealist artists.
Toyen (1902-80), born Marie Cermínová, was one of the earliest Surrealists...