14 pp. Folded loose sheets. New York: 1974.
Newsletter distributed by Rietman, one of the main purveyors of art books in New York in the latter half of the 20th century. Offers mostly exhibition catalogues and art monographs, but we note the “S.M.S.” portfolio for $150. We include a brochure for “The Nova Scotia Series” and a typed letter signed by Rietman.
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14 pp. Folded loose sheets. New York: 1974.
Several black & white illus. Unpaginated. Small 8vo, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. San Francisco: 1992.
Scarce dealer catalogue offering works by Baldessari, Bloom, Condo, Cragg, Darboven, Forg, Gober, Hockney, Judd, Knoebel, Z. Leonard, S. Levine, LeWitt, Mangold, Marden, Nauman, Pettibon, Polke, Rauschenberg, Salle, Sherman, Wool, etc. Near fine; mailed copy and stapled photograph inside.
Three black & white illus. Unpaginated. Small 8vo, pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. San Francisco: 1992.
Scarce dealer catalogue offering pieces by Beuys, Caramelle, Cucchi, Dine, Fischl, Halley, Immendorf, Kosuth, LeWitt, Long, A. Martin, Oldenburg, Prince, Riley, Ryman, Schnabel, Serra, Sherman, Stella, Sultan, Taaffe, Tuttle, Twombly, Wool, Wurm, etc. Near fine; mailed copy.
34 pp. 8vo (215 x 136 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers (corners a trifle worn), staple-bound. [Paris]: Editions des Musées Nationaux, 1951.
The updated French edition of this scarce museum catalogue. The Jeu de Paume was opened in 1947 for the exhibition of Impressionist artworks. Its earliest shows were organized by René Huyghe (1906-97), paintings curator at the Louvre, and one of the figures responsible for the safeguarding of France’s artistic treasures during the German occupation. Huyghe’s assistant curator, Jean Leymarie (1919-2006), edited the present catalogue. It proceeds room by room, updating earlier versions of the catalogue with the new arrangement...
Black and white & color illus.  pp. Large 4to, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Nagoya: Akira Ikeda Gallery, 2002.
A very rare On Kawara exhibition catalogue, published by one of his main Japanese dealers. Six "Date Paintings" (from 1967 to 2001) were shown, all of which are illustrated within.
In near fine condition; some marks to the lower wrappers. In WorldCat we locate just the copy at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Printed in an edition of 1000.
10 black & white illus. 4to, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Nagoya: Akira Ikeda Gallery, 1988.
An uncommon On Kawara catalogue, it presents an extremely rare consecutive week of the artist’s Date Paintings (5-11 April, 1987). Begins with an essay by Kikuko Amagasaki (“On Kawara: Seeing and Reading”), in Japanese and English, and illustrates all ten paintings shown, all of which were executed in 1987. At the end, there is a list of the works displayed and a bibliography. This was Kawara’s third solo show with Akira Ikeda, his first took place in 1983.
From Amagasaki’s essay: “DATE PAINTING is different in...
Several color illus. 63 pp. Small 4to (223 x 169 mm.), pictorial boards, title on spine, pictorial endpapers. Cologne: Kölnischer Kunstverein & Japanisches Kulturinstitut, 1997.
Scarce catalogue for an exhibition jointly organized by the Kölnischer Kunstverein Japanisches Kulturinstitut in Cologne (26 August-8 October 1995). It was published two years after the exhibition took place.
The catalogue contains installation views, a diagram of the exhibition space, and lists of the rotating display of On Kawara’s Date Paintings. Each week the paintings were rotated with new ones. On the facing wall copies of the newspapers which the artist used to construct the...
Black & white illus. 13,  p. Small 8vo, printed wrappers, stitched. Birmingham: Ikon Gallery, 2006.
Uncommon exhibition catalogue for On Kawara’s solo presentation at Ikon Gallery. From the foreword by curator Jonathan Watkins: “This exhibition consists entirely of Date Paintings. They are part of On Kawara’s Today Series, an ongoing project begun in 1966, a series of paintings, each made in a day, bearing the inscribed date on which they were made. Each painting in this selection was made on a Sunday, one selected per year since the inception of the Today Series, thus conveying the idea ironically of...
Illus. throughout. 143 pp. 4to, green printed covers, title on spine. Birmingham: Ikon Gallery; Dijon: Le Consortium, 2007.
Scarce On Kawara catalogue, published after the exhibition that toured to all of the cities in the title. With a foreword (“Clockwise”) by curator Jonathan Watkins. It contains extensive installation photographs and reproductions of ephemera made for each location.
Black & white illus. throughout. 397,  p. Large & thick 4to (279 x 210 mm.), pictorial softcover, title on spine. Stockholm: Moderna Museet, 1980.
The important catalogue for On Kawara’s survey exhibition at the Moderna Museet and three other institutions. This publication is profusely illustrated with images and reproductions of the conceptual artist’s work, including the Today series, I Met, I Went, I Got Up, I am still alive, etc. It also contains photographs of “Date Paintings” in galleries, museums, and the homes of private collectors. The second half of the catalogue, save the final dozen pages, is essentially...
Color illus. throughout. 256 pp. Large & thick 4to (275 x 225 mm.), blue pictorial hardcover. Rotterdam: Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, 1991.
A fine copy of this On Kawara exhibition catalogue, with many illustrations of the artist’s “Date Paintings,” postcards, and telegrams. With text contributions by Karel Schampers (“Een mentale reis in de tijd”), Anne Rorimer (“The Date Paintings of On Kawara”), and Teresa O’Connor (“Notes: On Kawara’s I Am Still Alive”).
This exhibition was subsequently held at the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (12 March-10 May 1992); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (21 November 1992-7 February 1993); and Museum of Modern Art, San...
Color illus. throughout. 50 pp. & plates. Large 4to, cloth-covered boards, pictorial dust-jacket, title on spine. Köln: Lenbachhaus München & Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2000.
An important and richly illustrated On Kawara exhibition catalogue that is now rather scarce. This show was devoted to Kawara’s I Got Up postcards. With texts by Ulrich Wilmes and Michel Butor in German, French, and English.
4 black & white illus. Small 8vo, printed wrappers, staple-bound. New York: David Zwirner, 2008.
The rare booklet published for Kawara’s Pure Consciousness installation at Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, New York. It has photographs of the “Date Paintings,” all executed in January 1997, installed in a classroom and contains the artist’s text “Code Eight quintillion…”.
In fine condition. Unrecorded by WorldCat.
Black & white illus. (one double-page). 18 pp. Small 8vo, printed wrappers, staple-bound. Palestine: Alpha Studio, 2007.
The very rare booklet published in conjunction with the Bethlehem leg of Kawara’s traveling exhibition Pure Consciousness which began in Sydney in 1998. For the exhibition, seven “Date Paintings” from the Today series (1966-2013) are displayed in a kindergarten classroom. These paintings have traveled around the world to cities and towns such as Sydney; Tongyeong, South Korea; Reykjavik; Istanbul; Goa; Inari, Finland; Thimphu, Bhutan; Abidjan, Ulaanbaatar; Toliara, Madagascar, etc. The photographs in the booklet focus on the students with the paintings only blurry...
Many illus. Unpaginated. Four vols. Large 4to (280 x 215 mm.), orig. gray printed wrappers, titles on spines, housed in publisher’s cardboard box with orig. printed labels on outside & inside. Köln: Buchhandlung Walther König, 1992.
The scarce facsimile of On Kawara’s I Went, I Met, I Read, and Journal series for the year 1969, published by Walther König on the occasion of Kawara’s receiving the Kunstpreis Aachen. Kawara (29,771 days, i.e., 1932-2014) centered his artistic practice on the documentation of daily life: where he went, the people he met, and what he read. These notes were then compiled into...
Many color plates. 72 pp.; second part unpaginated. Oblong 4to (217 x 281 mm.), orig. black pictorial boards, title on spine, orig. slipcase (a little worn). Tokyo: Parco Co., 1991.
A scarce catalogue on Kawara’s previously unstudied five-year stay in Tokyo, where he was part of influential avant-garde art student associations and wrote many pieces of art criticism. His violent and grotesque imagery from this period is in stark contrast to his streamlined conceptual “Date Paintings.” This book reproduces the complete Bathroom series (1953-54; Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art), Events in a Warehouse (1954; ibid.), and a number of...
 pp. 4to, pictorial semi-stiff wrappers, staple-bound. New York: Edition Julie Sylvester, 1987.
Scarce first edition, a fine and fresh copy.
“The book contains 67 aphorisms, risqué jokes and questions by Martin Kippenberger in English, described as ‘Improved Papertigers Not Afraid of Repetition.’ In printing the text with handwritten corrections by Gisela Capitain, Kippenberger makes reference to his art dealer’s former occupation as a teacher.”–Koch.
In 1989 the artist published another collection of aphorisms and jokes in Gelenke I (Koch 79).
A near fine copy; some inoffensive scuffs to the upper wrapper. Among American institutions, WorldCat records copies at: Museum...
30 pp. & colophon. 8vo (199 x 139 mm.), white printed semi-stiff wrappers, French flaps, artist’s names on spine. Stuttgart: Edition Patricia Schwarz & Galeria Kubinski, 1986.
Signed copy of one of Martin Kippenberger’s (1953-97) rarer publications; printed in an edition of 500 copies, according to Koch. It contains a series of aphorisms coined by Oehlen (b. 1954) and Kippenberger on problems, printed in parallel English and French. Kippenberger collaborated with Oehlen and his brother Markus (b. 1956) on a number of books, catalogues, and exhibitions. Kippenberger has signed the recto of the first blank leaf: “Kippenberger 86.”
Black & illus. throughout. 51 pp. Small 8vo, orange printed softcover. Frankfurt: Galerie Grässlin-Ehrhardt, 1986.
A scarce Kippenberger publication, printed in an edition of ca. 1000 copies, according to Koch. Much of the edition was handed out at a Calma Trio concert on 11 March 1987 at the Neuschwanstein discotheque in Cologne. There are biographies and a list of “musical activities” for members of the trio: Rüdiger Carl, Martin Kippenberger, and Albert Oehlen
“This book (dedicated to Stefan Aust) has the same format and design as the books in the “Reclam Universalbibliothek” series [see Koch no. 30]. It contains small...
14 black & white illus.  pp. & ads. 4to, printed covers & pictorial dust-jacket (a trifle scuffed). Graz: Galerie Bleich-Rossi, 1987.
A rare Martin Kippenberger (1953-97) exhibition catalogue, printed in an edition of 540 copies, according to Koch. WorldCat records just four examples in North America.
“This catalogue…contains the sequel of the conversation between Joachim Lottmann and Michael Krebber about Martin Kippenberger, published in Peter 2-II. The illustration section shows six sculptures and eight drawings on hotel stationery from the year 1987. The back of the dust-jacket has a portrait photograph of Mister Joschi, a waiter at the Café...
Seven black & white illus. Square 4to, printed wrappers, staple-bound. New York: David Nolan Gallery, 1992.
A rare Kippenberger exhibition catalogue, produced in an edition of ca. 600 copies, according to Koch. Among North American institutions, WorldCat locates only six copies. The first and last leaves are pale yellow, the rest of the catalogue is printed on glossy stock.
“In 1991/1992 Martin Kippenberger taught at the Gesamthochschule Kassel. Worm Works was published to accompany an exhibition of ‘Kippenberger’s delightful class’ at the David Nolan Gallery, New York, from 28 May to 27 July 1992…
“The catalogue shows six wormlike little...
23 mounted illus. (all but one in color). 86 pp., one leaf with colophon. 4to, green printed boards, title on spine. Cologne: Galerie Max Hetzler, 1991.
Scarce Martin Kippenberger (1953-97) exhibition catalogue, signed by the artist; produced in an edition of ca. 500-800 examples, according to Koch. Kippenberger has signed in the center of the title-page.
“[The catalogue] contains 23 pasted-in reproductions of a series of oil paintings on the theme of ‘Fred the frog on the artist’s cross.’ The first painting, reproduced in black and white, was created in 1988 in Seville, the others in 1989-90 in Venice, California...