Black & white illus. (some full-page). 47 pp. Large 4to (277 x 205 mm.), pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [Toronto: 1977].
A rare and early catalogue issued by Art Metropole, the first large-scale distributors of artists’ books and publications in North America. This catalogue offers dozens of works by European artists such as Abramovic, Beuys, Boltanski, Broodthaers, Buren, Darboven, Dibbets, Ehrenberg, Filliou, Fulton, Graham, Rebecca Horn, Hansjörg Mayer, Merz, Nannucci, Polke, Maria Reiche, Rot, Schwitters, Spoerri, Lea Vergine, Vostell, etc. Publications from Art Metropole, periodicals, records, and videos are also listed for sale, with prices. The graphic cover art comes from Rudolf Schwarzkogler’s Portfolio of the 3rd...
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Black & white illus. (some full-page). 47 pp. Large 4to (277 x 205 mm.), pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [Toronto: 1977].
46 pp. Large 4to (270 x 210 mm.), orig. printed wrappers, staple-bound. [Toronto: 1979].
A very rare and early catalogue published by Art Metropole; unrecorded on WorldCat. On the inside of the upper wrapper, Art Metropole’s archivist Tim Guest lays out a definition of the artist’s book: “Since the early 1960‘ [sic] artists have been producing bookworks as a completely autonomous artform. Different in that they exist outside the traditions of either the ‘literary text’ or the ‘illustrated book’, they are instead books as works of art in themselves. They belong to that movement in art history which seeks to de-emphasize form and aesthetics...
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 integrated, sometimes sculptural object. Though superficially...
Eight folders housed in an archival box (335 x 240 x 55 mm., secured with two elastic bands), containing original & reproduced photographs, maps, sketches, photographs, transcripts, and documents. Paris: La Hune, November 1992.
Boltanski’s rare “archive as artists’ book” stemming from the 1990 “Die Endlichkeit der Freiheit” exhibition [in trans. “The Finiteness of Freedom”] (September 1–October 7) in Berlin. This is one of 100 copies signed and numbered by the artist of a total edition of 120 (20 hors-commerce). For this exhibition, the artist created a memorial installation at Grosse Hamburger Strasse 15 in an empty lot where an apartment building had once stood...
Text illus. Four unnumbered leaves. Printed sheets (297 x 210 mm.), orig. wrappers, staple-bound. [From the first page]: Hou, Denmark: Egmont Højskolen, Feb. 1979.
A very scarce exhibition catalogue crafted by Carrión. The artist also curated exhibitions on bookworks, mail art, and rubber stamp books in Emmastad, Curaçao; Warsaw; Amsterdam; Rotterdam; Budapest; Alkmaar; Maastricht; Cambridge, England, etc. The present catalogue, with text in English and Danish, begins with Carrión thanking the artist Niels Lomholt. He then describes the exhibited materials: “Time pressures didn’t allow for a wide research, but I believe that the show includes most if not all the significant artists...
20,  unnumbered pages. 8vo (200 x 130 mm.), printed thick paper wrappers. Madrid: Estampa Ediciones, 1991.
One of Carrión’s rare bookworks, posthumously published by the Other Books and So Archive; from a numbered edition of 300. This work, printed offset, contains a collection of text-based poems by Carrión employing the first three or four letters of the alphabet.
As new. WorldCat records only three copies in North America.
Many black & white illus. 13 unnumbered leaves, printed on rectos only (except for one leaf). Small folio (295 x 210 mm.), pictorial wrappers, fastened with plastic clasps. [From verso of the first leaf]: Amsterdam: Agora Studio, Sept. 1980.
A rare exhibition catalogue, printed in an edition of 200. Carrión (1941-89), the Mexican Conceptual and book artist, as well as publisher and bookseller, devised a retrospective of his works and communications with his collaborators, for which he investigates the use of names and addresses. Drawing on his archive of names and addresses, the artist accomplished this by “concealing the signature on each one of the...
Many illus in the text. Four unnumbered leaves. Small folio (298 x 210), orig. printed wrappers, staple-bound. Amsterdam: U. Carrión, 1981.
Very rare lecture notes serving as the explanation for a piece of performance art created by Carrión to examine informal modes of communication. The artist, with the help of friends, spread gossip about himself around Amsterdam. This piece also entailed a lecture and a video recapitulating the results of this experiment-cum-artwork. The text of this work is printed in parallel Dutch and English texts. Each step of the performance is explained, and definitions, accompanied by diagrams, of gossip, scandal, rumor, etc....
55 unnumbered leaves. Tall 8vo (230 x 109 mm.), orig. printed semi-stiff wrappers, title on spine. [From lower cover]: N.p.: Verlaggalerie Leaman, 1978.
One of Carrión’s scarce artists’ books, from an edition of 300. In this bookwork, the artist has recreated the genealogy of the Muxlow family in Yorkshire, whose history he discovered on the final pages of a very worn bible while he was studying at the University of Leeds. The birth dates, marriages, and death dates for the members of this family have been documented and preserved with the straightforward layout of the present book.
An uncommon work by Carrión, in near fine condition. Spine a bit sunned.
12,  unnumbered pages. Small oblong 8vo (130 x 200 mm.), printed thick paper wrappers. Madrid: Estampa Ediciones, 1991.
One of Carrión’s rare bookworks, based on a 1977 artwork with the same title, posthumously published by the Other Books and So Archive; from an edition of 300 numbered copies. The text, printed offset, presents ten syllogisms mimicking the form of poems.
As new. WorldCat records only two copies.
47 pp. Small 4to (210 x 158 mm.), orig. black wrappers (upper corner creased), staple-bound. [London]: Nigel Greenwood Inc. Ltd., 1972.
First edition of this seminal exhibition catalogue, which features the first English translation of Celant’s essay on artists’ books, as well as an important list of nearly 300 then-unheralded artists’ books. Originally published in the first issue of the Italian magazine Data (Sept. 1971),the essay is recognized as one of the earliest in-depth examinations of the book form and its bearing within Conceptual art. Celant (b. 1940), the art historian and critic, organized several Arte Povera exhibitions in Italy in the 1960s and...
Many illus. in black & white. 240 pp. Small 4to (228 x 209 mm.), semi-stiff pictorial wrappers (extremities a trifle worn). New York: Praeger, 1969.
First edition (an edition was published in Britain simultaneously) of this important anthology presenting the works of 35 American and European artists, accompanied by their artists’ statements; stapled to page 204 is an autograph postcard from Andre, dated 23 July 1976, in which he mentions a “terrible fight” with Donald Judd. Celant (b. 1940), the influential art critic and curator, coined “Arte Povera” in 1967 and frequently discussed this movement as well as artists’ books in his writings. This was...
Color illus. throughout. 60 unnumbered pages. 8vo (210 x 150 mm.), white wrappers, stitched, title blind-stamped on cover. Brooklyn: Trying to Press, 2017.
A rare artist’s book, signed by Finch on the title-page in pencil; WorldCat locates only three institutional copies in North America.
From the artist: “Sunlight in a Room is a book documenting interesting natural sunlight and optical effects occurring in my Brooklyn studio throughout the day. The cover picks up on the idea as well, it was blind stamped and catches the light, which is necessary in order to be legible.”
Color illus. throughout. 220 unnumbered pages. Oblong 4to (222 x 305 mm.), orig. cloth covered boards, title on spine & upper cover. Brooklyn, NY: Trying to Press, 2016.
An uncommon artist’s book based on Finch’s 2015 Marfa Contemporary exhibition of the same name; printed in an edition of 500, and signed by the artist in orange pencil on the first blank leaf.
Referring to Leopold Bloom’s journey around Dublin, Finch recounts his peregrinations in New York City on 19 September 2014 through a selection of ca. 1400 Pantone color swatches. Each swatch, with adjacent text revealing what is evoked, conveys sights as mundane as gravestones...
Eight perforated sheets (ca. 282 x 215 mm.) of continuous-feed green bar computer paper (perforated margins a little worn, minor loss of paper to final blank sheet), in orig. printed mailing envelope. Chicago: Museum of Contemporary Art, 1967-68.
Flavin’s famous and rare computer-produced exhibition catalogue Pink and ‘Gold’; this copy, in the original printed envelope, is addressed to the influential critic and artist Sidney Tillim (1925-2001). Each example of this catalogue is unique, due to the irregular printing from pre-punched paper cards fed into a rented IBM 1401 decimal computer. Each visitor could print their own catalogue. This was Flavin’s first solo...
23 silk-screened images of potatoes hand-tinted & tipped-in. 14 unnumbered leaves. Folio (430 x 310 mm.), orig. pink paper wrappers & yellow band with watercolored title, stitched. London: The Everyday Press, 2018.
A charming illustrated recipe book by the chef Jeremy Lee and British artist Simon Popper; produced in an edition of 75. Recipes include: pommes sarladaises, potato soup, Cullen skink, champ, and “Janson’s Temptation.” The silk-screened potato images were copied from 19th-century engravings of potatoes. Printed by Lesley Sharp.
Numerous illus. Large folding poster (914 x 610 mm.), folded into eight panels (minor wear to the central fold). [San Francisco]: November 2010.
Leiber’s scarce penultimate catalogue (no. 51), a poster issued on the occasion of the 2010 New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1; WorldCat records no copies in the United States. “This poster mimics the event flyer for 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering, a series that took place October 13-23, 1966, at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York. The series was the inaugural program of the Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) organization and involved a collaboration between invited...
Many black & white illus. Ca. 320 unnumbered pages. Photocopied paper (280 x 215 mm.), mounted with a metal bracket in the orig. manila folder, title written in blue marker on upper cover & spine. [From title page & spine]: San Francisco: S. Leiber, 1994.
A famous Steven Leiber (1957-2012) catalogue, his 16th, describing more than 700 items; printed in an edition of about 100 copies. This catalogue is modeled after Harald Szeemann’s catalogue for the celebrated Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form exhibition presented at the Kunstalle Bern in 1969. “Rose Holtz,” mentioned on the cover, is Leiber’s grandmother, whose basement hosted his premises...
13 double-page illus. 5 pp. of text. 4to (280 x 215 mm.), orig. plain stiff boards, spine taped as issued. San Francisco: Steven Leiber, .
Steven Leiber’s rare penultimate catalogue, devoted to the artists’ books of the Schmidt-Heins sororal twins, with color reproductions of their work. It is modeled after the exhibition catalogue Buchwerke, Barbara Schmidt-Heins, Gabriele Schmidt-Heins, Original-Bucher 1972 bis 1976, issued by the Kunstraum München & the Institut für moderne Kunst, Nuremberg, in 1976. This catalogue offers 14 unique bookworks for sale (seven by each twin), and provides detailed descriptions of their structures and illustrations.
Born in Rellingen, the twins (b. 1949) both studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg. Their bookworks garnered praise through exhibitions in 1976 at the Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst and documenta 6 the year after.
11 photocopied sheets, printed on one side only, stapled. Housed in a found Jim Carroll Band’s Catholic Boy record sleeve, sticker on upper cover: “Artists’ 871 Recordworks.” San Francisco: 871 Fine Arts, 1998.
Leiber’s very scarce 34th catalogue, which focused on artists’ recordings and audio works. Each of these was placed in a found record sleeve. An exhibition of these materials took place at 871 Fine Arts from 9 July to 8 October 1998. We find works by Cage, Long, Marclay, Nauman, Pettibon, Ono, Johns, Weiner, Kruger, Warhol, Beuys, etc. Some of the listings were not for sale. Leiber’s involvement in this catalogue...
Many black & white photocopied illus. 18 unnumbered leaves. 8vo (215 x 143 mm.), printed pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [San Francisco: 2005].
A rare catalogue (no. 44) issued in zine form by Leiber that offers 39 works by Raymond Pettibon, including drawings, artist’s books, ephemera, and a collaborative piece with Ed Ruscha. These were all shown at 871 Fine Arts in an exhibition assembled by Adrienne Fish and Leiber. This catalogue is modeled after Pettibon’s zine Tripping Corpse, published by SST Records from 1981 to 1985.
In fine condition. WorldCat records only three copies in North America.
Many black & white illus. 10 folded newsprint sheets (489 x 330 mm. unfolded). [San Francisco]: October 2008.
Leiber’s fair catalogue for the third iteration of the New York Art Book Fair in 2008. His 49th catalogue imitates the first issue of Hans-Peter Feldmann’s periodical Image from 1979. The first four leaves and the final four are illustrated with numbered images corresponding to the materials described on the middle two leaves. The catalogue presents publications and ephemera by or related to Abramovic, Acconci, Baldessari, Boltanski, Feldmann, General Idea, Huebler, Kusama, Matta-Clark, Messager, Nauman, Pettibon, Richter, Ruppersberg, Ruscha, Ulay, Wool, etc. 104 items are listed.
In excellent condition, the middle of the center fold is a little worn. The edition size is unknown.
Black & white and color illus throughout. 27 unnumbered leaves. Large 4to (266 x 235 mm.), orig. printed semi-stiff wrappers, title on spine. San Francisco: January 2010.
A rare Leiber catalogue modeled after publications by Dan Graham; this is Leiber’s 50th catalogue. WorldCat records only two copies. It offers books by Acconci, Applebroog, Boltanski, Broodthaers, Carrión, Dibbets, Duchamp, Filliou, Haring, Huebler, Kippenberger, Kosuth, Kruger, LeWitt, Messager, Ono, Prince, Vautier, Wool, etc. There are also a number of scarce exhibition catalogues and art periodicals. The cover of each item is reproduced at several points in the text. Laid-in is a single-leaf insert describing a run of...
Many black & white illus. 124 pp. Laser-printed single sheets, rectos only (280 x 215 mm.), semi-stiff printed pictorial wrappers, plastic-spiral bound. San Francisco: April 2002.
Leiber’s rare 40th catalogue, offering ca. 331 items, many of which were duplicates from the Ruth & Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry (now at the University of Iowa). Also included were artists’ books, periodicals, recordings, exhibition catalogues, and ephemera. Approximately 100 copies of this catalogue were produced and sent to clients.
Nice copy and rare. We know of only three American institutions with copies. Small faint stain to title-page and head of upper cover a bit worn.