Sunday, June 23, 2019

Endre Tót | Dirty Rains

Endre Tót
Dirty Rains
Lund, Sweden: Edition Sellem, 1979
[20 pp]., 8vo., staple-bound
Edition of 1000

A catalog issued on the occasion of Tót’s exhibition of the same name held at Galerie St Petri in Lund, Sweden from November 15th to the 25th, 1979. The slim volume features a series of appropriated nude graphic adult images overlaid with Tót’s signature typewriter slashes and texts.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Gabor Toth | Write an idea up here

Gabor Toth
Write an idea up here
Budapest, Hungary: Self-published,  1985
10.5 x 15 cm.
Edition size unknown

Artist's card printed black on white with rubber-stamp design to recto. Inscribed, dated and signed by Toth in purple pen to verso and dated 12.9.85.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Lutz Bacher | Shit for Brains

Lutz Bacher
Shit for Brains
Berlin/New York, Germany/USA: Galerie Bucholz, 2015
404 pp., 30.3 x 22.7 cm., softcover
Edition of 800

A novel that Bacher wrote in August of 2010, in California.

Bacher died last month at the age seventy-five.

Thursday, June 20, 2019


Jiri Valoch
Toronto, Canada: Ganglia Press, 1969
[unpaginated], 11 x 7 cm., staple-bound
Edition size unknown

The 24th title in the "5¢ Mini Mimeo Series", which also included publications by Gerry Gilbert, Margaret Avison, Jiri Valoch, David UU, Bill Bissett, Victor Coleman, George Bowering, Michael Ondaatje, and publishers bpNichol and David Aylward.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Raymond Pettibon | Thinking of You

Raymond Pettibon
Thinking of You
Chicago, USA: The Renaissance Society, 1998
[232] pp., 31 x 23.5 cm., hardcover
Edition of 2000

Produced in conjunction with Pettibon’s first North American museum exhibition at the Renaissance Society in 1998, this title features 115 illustrations of Pettibon's pen and ink drawings of phallic silhouettes, accompanied by texts and text fragments.

Available from Printed Matter, here, for $50.00 US.

Pettibon turns 62 today.

Friday, June 14, 2019


Posts will continue to be sporadic as we prep for our cross-country move. Instagram likely to be updated more frequently (even if it pains me to say).

Follow me there, at I suspect almost half of the posts will eventually end up being related to books, multiples and records.

Daniel Spoerri | Spiegelobjekt

Daniel Spoerri
Spiegelobjekt (Kunstmultiplikator) (Mirror Object (Art Multiplier))
Cologne, Germany: Édition MAT / Galerie der Spiegel, 1964
50 x 100 x 8 cm.
Edition of 100 signed and numbered copies

From the series Édition MAT Collection 64, this assemblage on mirrors in a hinged wooden frame featured various affixed objects, each edition with a different configuration. The work is signed and numbered on a paper label affixed to the verso.

Spoerri can be considered one of the originators of the artists' multiple, and already here is playing with variations: the unique multiple (with each arranged differently) and the idea of using mirrors to further multiply.

The work has an approximate value of $10 000.

Yoko Ono | Blood Objects from Family Album

Yoko Ono
Blood Objects from Family Album
New York City, USA: UBU Gallery, 1995
17.5 x 10.2 cm.
Edition size unknown

An invitation for the exhibition "Yoko Ono drawings from Franklin Summer and Blood Objects
from Family Album" which included a key, string, tag and postcard inside a printed transparent plastic envelope.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Christo | Wrapped Books

Wrapped Books
New York City, USA: 1962
22.5 x 29.5 x 14cm
Unique work signed and dated 'Christo 62'

Christo turns 84 today. His partner and collaborator Jeanne-Claude died ten years ago, at the age of 74.

Tsuruko Yamazaki | Beyond Gutai : 1957-2009

Tsuruko Yamazaki
Beyond Gutai : 1957-2009 
Paris, France: Almine Rech Gallery Editions, 2009
130 pp., 27 x 12 cm., softcover
Edition of 500

Despite being the only woman artist active with the Gutai group from its origins to its dissolution, Tsuruko Yamazaki waited over fifty years for her first European solo show. Beyond Gutai : 1957-2009 was comprised of historical pieces from the Gutai era (1954-1972) as well as more recent works. 

This title was published in conjunction with the exhibition from March 13th to April 30th, 2010. It features texts by Ming Tiampo and Midori Nishizawa, who writes: 

"For six decades Tsuruko Yamazaki traversed a unique path as an artist dedicated to the fiercely independent and radically experimental spirit that defined the Gutai Art Association (1954-1972) the foremost avant-garde art collective to emerge in post-war Japan. As a founding member of the Gutai and a shimmering presence among her peers, Yamazaki found her voice after witnessing an apocalyptic vision. On a pitchblack night, reflections of light ricoched through a group of discared tin cans in the street. In a flash, the fusion of light and metal in the darkness mesmerized Yamazaki, a young aspiring artist, living in the midst of impending recovery from the ruins of war and determined to create something completely new."

Artforum reports that Tsuruko Yamazaki died earlier this week.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

William Wegman

William Wegman signing prints at White Columns today, for the 2019 White Columns Print Portfolio, which also includes works by Alvaro Barrington, Katherine Bradford, Scott Covert, Arthur Jafa, Caitlin Keogh.

Contact White Columns to purchase, here.

(Image courtesy of matthewhiggs2015).

Monday, June 10, 2019

What is an edition, anyway?

Tucker Nicols' hand-illustrated posters for the exhibition What is an edition, anyway?, on view at the
McEvoy Foundation for the Arts until September 7th, 2019. The show explores "the traditions, conditions, and inventive expressions of the contemporary artist’s multiple." The exhibition features limited-edition artists’ books, prints, album covers, film ephemera, and other objects dating from the mid-20th century to the present, from the McEvoy Family Collection and the collection of Thomas Cvikota. Alongside these historical works are new commissions by  Enrique Chagoya, Daniel Clowes, Ala Ebtekar, Jonn Herschend, Stephanie Syjuco, and Hank Willis Thomas.

The McEvoy Foundation for the Arts is located at 1150 25th Street, Building B, in San Francisco, California. For more information, visit their website, here.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Robert Filliou | A New Way to Blow Out Matches

Robert Filliou
A New Way to Blow Out Matches 
Malmö, Sweden: Adlers Editions, 1980
7.3 x 10.7 x 4.8 cm.
Edition of 30 signed and numbered copies

Published by Bengt Adlers, Une nouvelle façon d'éteindre les allumettes, is a wooden box with a printed label containing a weighted spinning toy and a box of matches. The match affixes into the toy, becoming its handle.

The prototype was conceived of eighteen years prior, in 1962, as a toy for Filliou's then-seven year old son Bruce.

The instructions read:

1. Light the match
2. Snap to the top in motion

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Yves Klein

Yves Klein died on this day in 1962, at the age of 34. 

Monday, June 3, 2019

Donald Judd

Donald Judd was born on this day, 91 years ago. He died on February 12th, 1994.