Monday, May 22, 2017

On Kawara | I Am Still Alive















On Kawara
I Am Still Alive
Berlin, Germany: Edition René Block, 1975
[208] pp., 21 x 24 cm., slipcase
Edition of 450 numbered copies

In 1969, On Kawara sent a telegram that read "I AM NOT GOING TO COMMIT SUICIDE DON’T WORRY", followed by "I AM NOT GOING TO COMMIT SUICIDE WORRY" and " I AM GOING TO SLEEP FORGET IT".

These were followed, a month or so later, with another that read "I AM STILL ALIVE." Almost nine-hundred more identical telegrams would follow, addressed to dozens of friends and acquaintances, for more than three decades. By this time Kawara had stopped writing about or explaining his work. In response to inquiries from journalists or curators, he would typically send a telegram reading "I AM STILL ALIVE".

This first edition by Edition René Block (another would follow in 1978) contains reproductions of the telegrams. It is available here, from Harper's Books, for $1750.00 US.



Stanley Brouwn, RIP










Stanley Brouwn died on Thursday May 18th, at the age of 81.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Ger van Elk | The Well Shaven Cactus



Ger van Elk
The Well Shaven Cactus...
Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Art & Project, 1972
[18] pp., 21 x 10 cm., staple-bound
Edition of 300

Published by the influential Art & Project Gallery/Magazine, this artist's book by Dutch conceptual practitioner Ger Van Elk features documentation of five works: The Well Shaven Cactus (1969); Paul Klee - Um Den Fisch, 1926 (1970); The Co-Founder of the Word O.K. (1971); The Discovery of the Sardines (1971); and The Symmetry of Diplomacy (1971).

A video of The Well Shaven Cactus - in which the artist grooms a cactus plant with an electric razor, can be seen on Youtube, here.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Lionello Gennero | Musical Book









Lionello Gennero
Musical Book
Atlanta, USA: Nexus Press, 1979
[15] pp., 43 x 28 cm., loose leaves
Edition of 60 signed copies

A loose-leaf artist book as chance operation sound score, in which each page (made of wood, paper, plastic, parchment, corrugated cardboard, foil, metal, plastic, etc.) provides a different possible sound. Includes performance instructions / directions for use.

"The original copy of Musical Book I produced and used in the production of Il Té di Alice (Alice's Tea-time), was performed by Lo Zoo throught Europe in 1969. The present edition is a collaboration with Michael Goodman on the Nexus Press. The first performance from this edition occurs on the 20th of March, 1979."
 - Lionello Gennero 


Friday, May 19, 2017

Robert Lax | A-ble Char-lie Bak-er Dance






Robert Lax
A-ble Char-lie Bak-er Dance
East Markham, UK: Tarasque Press, 1971
[12] pp., saddle-stapled
Edition of 250

A poem consisting of only four words, broken into different syllables. Three of the four are the first words from the Joint Army/Navy Phonetic Alphabet designed for radio transmission during World War II (A for Able, B for Baker and C for Charlie). This alphabet uses D for Dog, which Lax has replaced with Dance.

The book features drawings and design by Emil Antonucci - best known for his 'soft-modernist' logo for The Four Seasons - whose collaboration with Lax lasted over twenty-five years.

Available here, for $300.00 US.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Mrzyk & Moriceau | Dentifrite




Mrzyk & Moriceau
Dentifrite
Paris, France: Self-published, 2015
30.5 x 4.5 x 5.5 cm
Edition of 30 signed and numbered copies

A cast resin with acrylic paint edition by Petra Mrzyk and Jean-François Moriceau.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Felipe Ehrenberg, RIP



Mexican conceptual artist Felipe Ehrenberg died yesterday of a heart attack at the age of seventy-three. Ehrenberg co-founded the Beau Geste Press with his wife Martha Hellion and artist David Mayor. In addition to numerous artists' books and catalogues, they published the artists' periodical Schmuck, which was the subject of a series of posts here, last week and the week before (see hashtag below).

The press ceased operation and Ehrenberg returned to Mexico in the mid-seventies, moving to Xico, a small town in the state of Veracruz. He began creating sociopolitical art and joined the los grupos movement. He worked as a professor at the Universidad Veracruzana, and received Fulbright and Guggenheim scholarships. From 2001 to 2006, he served as the cultural attaché to Brazil.

A retrospective dedicated to the press's output continues at the CAPC in Bordeaux, France, until the 28th of this month.