Irwin, John, ed.; plus John Coplans and Arthur Secunda (from no. 4); and Phil Leider (from no. 5)
12 original issues, unbound as issued, in decorated paper covers. When the first sample copy of the June 1962 issue of Artforum arrived in the mail during the summer of 1962, with its mostly exclusive emphasis on California exhibitions, I thought it doomed. How wrong can one be? Even that issue, however, featured an article on Jean Tinguely and George Rickey and a review of Edward Kienholz, both by Arthur Secunda, plus Alfred Frankenstein on Mark Tobey. By the end of the year, the magazine already was spreading its horizon, with Kate Steinitz on fantastic architecture and John Coplans on the first US museum show of Pop Art, "The New Paintings of Common Objects," at the Pasadena Art Museum, with works by Warhol, Lichtenstein, Ruscha, and others. Artforum quickly developed into the world's most influential publication for new art and its leading advocate. Indeed, the enthusiasms of its editors and writers shaped much of the course of contemporary art in those and later years. In her anthology, Looking critically: 21 years of Artforum magazine (1984), Associate Publisher Amy Baker Sandback wrote: ".what would later be tagged as Pop, Minimal, Earthwork, Neo-Expressionism, and New Wave was introduced while the artworks were as yet unknown to the general public and before they had been defined by a body of criticism." These early issues are virtually impossible to assemble today because of the scarcity and fragility of many of the issues. This is the last complete volume one I can supply, though I do have a very few single copies of many of them. The set overall is in good to fine condition; obvious defects are as follows: no.1, June 1962, has a rough spine, some cover wear, and a few small, marginal cover tears; no. 2, July 1962, has an irregular line down the front cover caused, I think, by the original packaging from the printer, plus a partial bulk rate postal label; no. 3 has a bad spine, substantial handling wear, and a large corner torn out of the back cover; it and no. 2 were by far the smallest printings of any issue; no. 4 has the volume and number plus the artist-suscriber's name written on the front cover, plus his name on first leaf; no. 7 is a bit worn on the cover and has the volume and number written on the front cover by the same artist; no.8 has a little fading at the spine and some handling wear; no. 12 has minor handling wear. The others are near-fine to fine. The murky scan on no. 1 is one of Jean Tinguely's self-destroying sculptures in action. The other two fully visible scans are no. 5, a sketch by Joan Miró, and no. 9, a portrait by Egon Schiele. All the Artforum covers are visible in their archive, for which I cannot provide a link or address. For further detailed information, please see my free, on-line Artforum Index, 1962-1968.
Goltzius, Hendrik (1558-1617). Strauss, Walter L., editor
Catalogue raisonné in 2 vols. Oddly, the title as shown above is the one on the title page and almost all the OCLC listings. The covers read: "Hendrik Goltzius: complete engravings, etchings, woodcuts." Please cite the title page if referring to the book in a scholarly paper. Vol. I: 197 plates (some pages have two or more illustrations), Pp. 1-408. Catalogue entries 1-239. Vol. II: 176 plates (some pages have two or more illustrations, and several prints are reproduced in multiple states). Pp. 409-792. Catalogue entries 240-425. Includes 5 plates of watermarks, a bibliography, an appendix, a concordance to Hirschmann numbers, and an index. Very good to near fine used condition. From the library of art specialist Aldis Browne, with his discreet blindstamp on both flyleaves. No internal writing or marks noted. A shipping weight of over 8 pounds (3.7 kg) will require significant added postage for foreign shipments. If using Paypal from a foreign address, please inquire first for the total cost. **Free domestic shipping with direct order.
Stevens, Wallace (1879-1955). Gromaire, Marcel (1892-1971)
4 bw plates (including cover; 1 doublespread). Unpaginated [8 pp.]. 23 x 14.3 cm. Decorated paper covers. Stevens writes of Gromaire's work: "[It is] endowed with the strength that comes from participation in life's struggle, things not of the School of Paris, but of some harsher, more fundamental zoneâ"and one need only have in mind, say, much of Europe, much of everywhere, always." Very shallow bump at the head of the spine and signs of use at spine; otherwise, crisp and clean. **Free domestic shipping with direct order.
Schapiro, Miriam, ed
Profusely illustrated in b/w. 136 pp. Paper covers decorated with photographs of all 18 artists in the book. 21.6 x 14.2 cm. The second half of the book contains letters from 71 artists, including Eleanor Antin, Lynda Benglis, Joan Brown, Vija Celmins, Judy Chicago, Grace Hartigan, Lee Krasner, and others. Very scarce. In an evocative footnote to this subject, a brief item in "Findings" in the December 2013 Harper's states: "Most cave paintings in France and Spain were made by women, at a time when male and female humans' hand shapes were apparently more dimorphic [i.e., differentiated]." twenty thousand years ago. Now, that's anonymous. Fine condition. **Free domestic shipping with direct order.
220/300 copies, distributed for sale, signed by the author and with his red chop mark. The publisher distributed fifty more as gifts. 50 examples mounted on loose sheets of handmade, laid paper with deckle edges, as issued; plus booklet of 11 single leaves bound loosely as issued with yellow string plus one more loose leaf. The whole housed in a lightweight, dull-orange board portfolio with cover and spine labels, and ties. Page size: approx. 21 x 18 cm. The booklet consists of a self-cover; the title leaf; the signed numbered colophon; a text of 7 numbered pages, "On the ex-libris," with 8 illustrations; 2 unnumbered leaves bearing 2 monochrome examples; plus 4 unumbered pages listing and identifying all 50 loose plates. Nine of the samples are monchrome; one is gold on black; the remainder are in at least two colors. I have placed at the very end a last single sheet bearing a droll drawing of a grinning teapot. The 50 plates were not only in random order when I first looked at the book, but they miraculously were all present. Perhaps it means, "Done, just in time for tea." This, in a country at war for years and whose leaders were about to make, within the year, a catastrophic blunder. The case is worn at the extremities with a little splitting at the seams and minor surface insect damage. Contents near fine. **Free domestic shipping with direct order.
Cover by Ed Ruscha, with article by Dave Hickey, "Ed Ruscha: the song of the giant egress" (pp. 28-31). Profusely illustrated. 68 pp. 27.6 x 21.4 cm. Other articles on Paul Schimmel, Linda Ridgway, Connie Hatch, Elliott Norquist, Michael McMillen, Hans Burkhardt, Constance De Jong, Judie Bamber, Mary Kelly, and Native American subjects.
10 printed photos by Denise Simon from the original performance, premiered Feb, 22, 23, 1979, at The Kitchen, NYC. 14 pp. staple-bound with stiff, purple paper covers. 30.5 x 22.9 cm. The script for the full-length ballet, also performed in Santa Barbara, Oct.6 & 7, 1979. The characters include Antinova in the flesh and large, movable cut-outs of Serge Diaghilev, Tamara Karsavina, Vaslav Nijinsky, Igor Stravinsky, and Lubov Tchernicheva. Music by Monsieur Mozart. The portray various roles, including Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. Scarce. Some signs of handling, but very good. **Free domestic shipping with direct order.