Van Sant, Gus. – Orlean, Matthieu (ed.): . Gus Van Sant: ICONS – English Version. Actes Sud Editions, 2016. Tall 4to hardcover. 208 pages, richly illustrated with text in English. Light rubbing to corners of cover (see photo) else clean and well preserved and unused copy First edition Fine monograph…
Bowling, Frank. – Godfrey, Mark & Gemma Brace et al (ed.):. Frank Bowling: London / New York Hardcover plus “Land of Many Waters” – two books set. Bristol: Arnolfini & Hauser and Wirth, 2021. Two books, one large oversized hardcover and one smaller in wraps as issued. 116 and 141…
Very well made facsimile edition of Duchamp’s own original Manual for ÉTANT DONNÉS – first thus / Complet de l’introduction d’Anne d’Harnoncourt. Manual of Instructions was prepared by the artist for the disassembly of Étant donnés in his New York studio and its reassembly at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. First published more than twenty years ago, the manual has had far-reaching ramifications for the study of Étant donnés and Duchamp. Illustrated with 116 black-and-white Polaroids taken by the artist and 35 pages of his handwritten notes and sketches, the revised edition includes a new essay by Michael R. Taylor on the pivotal importance of the manual to an understanding of Duchamp’s artistic practice as well as the first English translation of the artist’s text
“Duchamp left a large volume of correspondence, a thousand documents that form a valuable source for our knowledge of the artist’s personality and work. In his letters, Duchamp talks of his plans and works in progress. He discusses important projects, including the ‘ready-made’ — a concept that was radically to change the course of 20th-century art.
A selection of 285 of Duchamp’s most telling and important letters are here transcribed and published for the first time, in a book which will be essential for students and scholars with an interest in the artist. The editor has devoted twenty years to assembling traceable letters, translating and annotating them. Providing a detailed introduction to each correspondent, he also comments on the historical content of each letter. This volume of fundamental importance contains the letters in their original language, together with translations into English.”
In 1932, Marcel Duchamp published Opposition and Sister Squares Are Reconciled, a collaboration with chess champion Vitaly Halberstadt on endgames in chess. Ernst Strouhal’s illustrated study approaches this volume as an “almost utopian treatise on chess endgames” and as a trilingual artist’s book. Strouhal playfully yet validly demonstrates how Opposition and Sister Squares are Reconciled by M. Duchamp & V. Halberstadt (1932) not only comprises a rare, almost utopian treatise on chess endgames but is also a unique chess book for artists and an artist’s book for chess players
“Published to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the original installation of Étant donnés and to accompany the first major exhibition on the work and its studies, this richly illustrated book presents a wealth of new research and documents that draw upon previously unpublished works of art, photographs, and other materials. Examines the critical and artistic reception of Étant donnés, as evidenced by the subsequent work of Les Levine, Hannah Wilke, Robert Gober, Marcel Dzama, Ray Johnson, and other artists who have engaged with Duchamp’s provocative and challenging tableau-construction.” Étant donnés was Marcel Duchamp’s final work and, per his instructions, installed after his death. The piece was a surprise to the public because it was assumed Duchamp had retired completely from art making after 25 years spent playing competitive chess. A gorgeously produced catalog benefiting from the filter of time through which the meaning, context, and influence of this challenging work of art can be better understood”