Thursday, January 8, 2015

John Baldessari | 

John Baldessari

Fable: A Sentence of Thirteen Parts (with Twelve Alternate Verbs) Ending in Fable.

Hamburg, Germany: Anatol AV Filmproduktion, 1977
Softcover, 4 x 5.25" (folded),  45.5 x 65" (unfolded).
Edition size unknown

An accordion fold Artist's book, in four parts, with each section folding out from the center. When completely unfolded the book forms a cross.

"Part of the work is a horizontal foldout of thirteen pictures. On all but one of the images the artist has written nouns or adjectives in yellow, which are to be read syntactically from left to right. The center picture represents the verb, and is intersected by a vertical foldout of images with alternative verbs written on them."

“The concertina or accordion format of Fable…successfully liberates it from its origins as a wall piece, and reinterprets is contents through a historical book structure."
- Coosje van Bruggen

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