A PLASTIC TOOL
KULCHUR - Vol. 2 No. 5 - Spring 1962
EAU DE COLOGNE [First Two Issues]
FUCK YOU: A Magazine of the Arts - Number 5, Vol. 4
NAKED CITY [Ex-Libris Ralph Ingersoll, Founder of PM Newspaper]
JADE PRESENTS ... IGGY POP [Concert Flyer]
ARCHIGRAM NINE [9]
THE KNOWN WORLD

A SENTENCE OF THIRTEEN PARTS (WITH TWELVE ALTERNATE VERBS) ENDINGS IN FABLE

BALDESSARI. John

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Hamburg: Anatol AV und Filmproduktion, 1977. First Edition. Series of four nested accordian-fold series that extend into a crucifom. House in black printed folded portfolio; 4" x 5.25" (folded), 46" x 60" (unfolded) approx. Mild rubbing to portfolio. Some moderate wear overall and imperfectly folded, as common. Else sound and clean. Solidly very good. (Item ID: 22147)

Arguably Baldessari's most desirable artist's book, and one of the best of the 1970s. Single B&W images appropriated from television are paired with single words superimposed in yellow that (as the title explains) form a sentence of thirteen parts, with twelve alternate verbs. Enigmatic and challenging: "the form [...] successfully liberates it from its origins as a wall piece, and reinterprets its contents through a historical book structure" (Phillpot, "Some Contemporary Artists and Their Books," ARTISTS BOOKS: A Critical Anthology and Sourcebook, p. 118).


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