ARTIST'S BOOKS & PHOTOGRAPHY
The seventy-six books shown here span the sixties to today, they represent a growing understanding of the history of photography and growing awareness of it’s complexities and exchanges with contemporary art. Think Daido Moriyama visiting Andy Warhol in New York, Stephen Shore visiting Ed Ruscha in Los Angeles !
Each one of the books presented here has been created with the urge to formulate a unique artistic vision, they are considered as artworks in themselves. Wether the artist has created their book with a single idea or concept in mind, or variations thereof, or to express their feelings towards any subject they felt concerned about, or as a playful experiment, each one of these publications has been valued by collectors, institutions and other artists as unprecedented artistic work. It’s only since the beginning of the twentieth century and even more so since the beginning of the fifties and sixties, that an international production of books, objects and multiples has gained such a status. The reasons for this are complex, and exhibitions and essays have been analyzing this production and it’s conditions, and the principles and codes according to which the books have been published at length, without however being able to come to final conclusions, the artist book of the twentieth century is still without a satisfying definition. It can however be stated that exhibitions and historical and critical writing are still too often separating European from American, artist books from photobooks, multiples from unlimited and unnumbered books. Artist books and photography books from Latin America, China or India have only been taken into account in very recent years, their beauty and diversity would require a larger exhibition of this matter.
Conventional wisdom places Ed Ruscha, Christian Boltanski and Dieter Roth as the originators of industrialized artist books (books which have been produced on offset-presses for example) in the mid-sixties, but precedessors can be found among Fluxus, Situationist and other postwar movements. Not even ten years after the publication of the seminal « 26 Gasoline Stations » by Ed Ruscha (1963) gallerist and curator Marion Goodman of Multiples gallery, NY, produced an object that since then became a historical reference « Artist & Photograph ». The oversized container, which was conceived as an exhibition in itself similar to the « Xerox book » (Seth Siegelaub & John Wendler, 1968) regroups the work of 19 artists of different movements : conceptual, landart, minimal, Pop Art. Photography is used in several ways, serving as tool of documentation (of art work, performance & dance), of construction, of trompe l’oeil, or as a matrix for irony and dérision. Because most of these books are as fragile as a charcoal sketch they are beneath vitrines, we believe that the object itself next to a subjective rendering of it’s touch and feel and content via video will do the books somewhat justice.
Our choices are based on aleatory wanderings through libraries, collections and bookshops over the last twenty years, and by consulting with collectors and dealers alike, chosing sources as diverse as possible in order to localize books that are revered by book lovers but may have passed unnoticed next to more classical and influential books.
By publishing an index and poster listing the books and giving background information and by organizing the books on show according to shifting representational categories (Historical / A-Z / Format / Theme : Nature, Man, Archive, including their anti-thesis) we hope to make these hidden treasures and their forgotten interconnections more accessible, during the fleeting moments of Paris Photo.
Sebastian Hau & Pierre Hourquet, curators
Douglas Fogle, « The Last Picture Show : Artists using Photographs 1960-1982 », Walker Art Center, 2003
Johanna Drucker, « Century of Artist Books », Granary, 2004
Anne Moeglin-Delcroix, « Esthetique de l’livre d’artiste 1960-1980 : Une Introduction », Le Mot et le Reste, 2012
Joan Lyons, « The Page as Alternative Space. 1950 to 1969 », Visual Studies Workshop Press, 1993
Steven Heller, « Hidden in Plain Sight », New York Times, 2013
The books are lent by:
Sebastian Hau, Pierre Hourquet, Franz & Walther König, Florence Loewy, Tissato Nakahara, Chloé & Denis Ozanne, Christoph Schifferli, Benjamin Sommerhalder.
Videowork by BOX, Paris, Richard Guyot - http://www.b-o-x.fr/
With the support of DLA Piper UK LLP
Paris Photo, 2014
#1 Sol Lewitt
Cock Fight Dance
Rizzoli & Multiples
Collection of images of a cock fights that suggests narratives, multiple endings and that light-heartedly references performance, dance and sculpture.
#2 Ed Ruscha
Twentysix Gasoline Stations
"I’d always wanted to make a book of some kind. When I was in Oklahoma I got a brainstorm
#3 Artist's & Photographs
(Bernar Venet, Robert Rauschenberg, Tom Gormley, Robert Morris, Christo, Douglas Huebler, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol)
With contributions by Mel Bochner, Christo, Jan Dibbets, Tom Gormley,
#4 Gordon Matta-Clark
Wallspaper is a multi-part installation comprising photographs and newsprint, which Gordon Matta-Clark presented at the artist-run space 112 Greene Street in New York in 1972. Earlier that year, he took various black and white photographs of derelict and semi-demolished project houses in the Bronx and the Lower East Side of New York City. As only the facades of the buildings had been taken down, the photographs reveal the interior walls of the houses. Some of these walls were covered in paint that was flaking away, other walls were covered in wallpaper. Matta-Clark used the photographs to create his installation. First he heightened the colours of the photographs to abstract the images of the derelict houses. Next he printed the photographs on long strips of newspaper and hung these strips on a large wall from ceiling to floor. These strips were used to create a playful artist book.
#5 Richard Long
Rivers and Stones
Leaving only ephemeral traces of his performances, land artist Richard Long documents his concepts and sculptures as well as his hikes in the clearest and most engaging way.
#6 Daniel Buren
Multiplicata / Lithography Workshop of N.S.C.A.D.
7 postcards representing a building in Halifax, with variations in the coloring of the outside, shot by a professional photographer. With a modest size and appearance but impeccable design and production the publication elegantly assures it’s status.
#7 Daniel Spoerri
57 photographs of Spoerri wearing his hand-made glasses in a wry comment on "Ways of seeing".
#8 Daido Moriyama
Bye Bye Photography
Considered as one of the most influential and radical books of it’s time, it’s the artist’s visual manifest, inspired by conceptual thougths by Takuma Nakahira - declaring the end of descriptive photography and the rebirth of the medium as a language in itself with no words as references.
#9 Barbara Schmidt-Heins
At once a record of one presumed life and description of an advancing century this is an early example of a book recontextualizes private or anonymous photography.
#10 Françoise Janicot / Bernard Heidsieck
Interesting example of an artist’s vinyl which combines photographs of a performance by Françoise Janicot inspired by the music of Bernard Heidsieck with the actual musical recording.
#11 BRINKMANN & KRÜLL
With colored and collaged reproductions of parts of a female body made by the artist Karl-Heinz Krüll, and poems by Rolf Dieter Brinkmann the book thinks intermediality, society and sensuality as non-exclusive in such a way that it could be an ironic comment on Walt Whitman’s « Leaves of Grass ».
#12 ALLEN RUPPERSBERG
23 photographies of various locations at Los Angeles.
#13 GIUSEPPE PENONE
Svolgere la propria pelle
Penone recorded the boundary of his body with hundreds of photos taken by superimposing a sheet of glass on his skin.
#14 HANS PETER FELDMANN
Bilder (6 /11 /12)
Edition Hans-Peter Feldmann
Each one of the by now famous "Bilder"-books is centered around one subject which Feldmann explores by appropriating photographs. His production in the early seventies is comparable to what Araki does in Japan and Eijkelboom in the Netherlands, all have their specific interests and style, but share specific interests, the body, work and society, sports, et al.
#15 SOL LEWITT
Sunrise & Sunset at Praiano
An artists’ book by LeWitt in which images of sunrises and sunsets, taken over the sea in
#16 LES LEVINE
Steendrukkerij De Jong
"Each photograph in this book is a working plan for a sculpture or monument.
#17 CHRISTIAN BOLTANSKI
Le Club Mickey
Rigurously recomposing black-and-white images from a youth-magazine from the fifties, french artist Boltanski’s book explores several thematics, among them how to represent youth and childhood while enlarging the scope to questions concerning the post-war generation which is also his own.
#18 VICTOR BURGIN
Lapp Princess Press, in association with Printed Matter, Inc.
By adapting the format of a primer Burgin comments on the role of the
#19 MAURIZIO BERLINCIONI
Edizioni Vera Biondi
With each page cut in two the object invites it’s readers to create new couples of those he finds sitting on a Salvador Dali sofa. Based on 84 photographs 7056 combinations can be made in this book which feels like a light-hearted variant of Oulipo-books.
#20 JOHN BALDESSARI
Brutus Killed Cesar
The Emily H. Davis Art Gallery
With each leaf repeating the same portraits but juxtaposing them by a different possible murder weapons.; a kitchen knife, a block of wood, a magnifying glass, a book of matches, pushpins, string, a dart, a pipe, et al., the books riffs on the Hitchcock’ian cliché "Let’s take murder back into the family where it belongs".
#21 WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS
Scrap Book 3
Facsimile-reprint of William Burroughs scrap-books using one of the first Xerox-color processes. Collages of photographs and cut-ups of his own text, this is fascinating book object and document of an avant-garde writer.
Japanese photographer Araki has published more than 400 books, having started with a collection of Xerox books in the early seventies. The Banquet was made as a tribute to his late wife, reminiscensing their last months together through an interminable flow of brightly colored or stark black-and-white close-up shots of the food they eat together.
#23 JOHN BALDESSARI
A Sentence of Thirteen Parts (with Twelve Alternate Verbs) Ending in Fable
#24 DOCUMENTATION CELINE DUVALL
Coeur, point, et ligne sur plan
Documentation Celine Duval
Working with an archive of Wassily Kandinsky’s private photographs, french artist and bookmaker Celine Duvall creates a beautiful commentary on the painter’s seminal book "Point and Line to Plane".
#25 THOMAS GALLER
Walking Through Baghdad
On the occasion of his exhibition ‘Walking through Baghdad with a Buster Keaton Face’
#26 BRUNO JAKOB
Kirchgemeinde Grossmünster Zürich
Catalogue, this book wears it’s concept on it’s sleeve. "Take a black board. Let the spirits enter you mind freely. Listen to what they have to say. Pour water from a bucket onto the board. Photograph", these are the instructions the artist send to the team that was preparing his exhibition in a small art center in Switzerland.
#27 ANSELM KIEFER
Hoffmann Von Fallersleben Auf Helgoland
Full-page black and white photographs of snow, ice, flames and fire pits, capitalizing on the
#28 JOSEPH KOSUTH
Letters from Wittgenstein Abridged in Ghent
Some background is provided by the collected letters of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s friend
#29 CHRISTIAN MARCLAY
JRP-Ringier / Graphicstudio
The photograms in this book are made with music cassette tapes that Marclay physically disassembled. In some, the plastic cases form austere grids, in others, spools of unwound tapes have been strewn over the surface of the paper in loops and twists.
#30 HUGH SCOTT DOUGLAS
Very much like a repertoire of patterns, this artist’s book is a succession of close ups of
#31 RICHARD PRINCE
Adult Comedy Action Drama
"One of the best and most comprehensive books about Richard Prince, with all the salient
#32 EDWARD RUSCHA
Royal Road Test
"Basically some time in 1966 the artist Ed Ruscha, his buddy writer and musician Mason
#33 STEPHANIE SOLINAS
21 portraits of french, male and female, called Dominique Lambert. Those that agreed to participate send a self-portrait and their answers to the Marcel Proust personality questionnaire. The artist passed the questionnaires on to a scientific committee, who then described the person in words, this information was passed on to a police profiler sketch artist, who drew a portrait of the presumed person. Using the drawing Solinas photographed any person that would resemble it. The work took seven years in the making, and is a part of the artists’ larger exploration of identity, and is only finalized once acquired, as the prospective client "activates" the book by writing to the artist who then sends the envelopes with the actual self-portraits of the 21 participating Dominique Lamberts.
#34 CHRISTOPHER WOOL
Absent Without Leave
Wool’s travel photographs, taken between 1989 and 1993, are here reproduced as low-tech
#35 ARI MARCOPOULOS
Marcoupoulos’ huge anthology of black and white photographs documents a life in transit.
#36 JACK SMITH
The Beautiful Book
The Dead Language
One of a projected edition of 200 copies handmade by Smith and his associates. The
#37 GILBERT & GEORGE
Seminal work combining fictional text and photograph, juxtaposed elegantly on each page, the simplicity of it’s design and execution help us perceive the book as a sculpture, pulp novel, art work, among a dizziying array of other possible angles.
#38 KEN OHARA
In 1970 Ken Ohara created a body of work called “One,” for which he randomly selected
#39 FIONA TAN
Vox Populi: Norway
Commissioned to make a new work for the Norwegian Parliament in Oslo, Fiona Tan
#40 MARTIN KIPPENBERGER
Michael / Michi
Two portrait books in Leporello-form, on published by a gallery, one by an unnamed publisher, with slight differences.
#41 SOPHIE RISTELHUEBER
Sophie Ristelhueber’s Fait, which in French means ‘fact’ or ‘what was done,’ remains one
#42 KIKUJI KAWADA
Chizu / The Map
With photographs taken in Nagasaki between 1961 and 1963 Kawada Kikuji has created a disturbing document of violence and trouble in a book designed exuberantly by Kohei Sugiura. One of most referenced Japanese post-war books it’s hard to ever see a good copy, as only 500 books were made.
#43 BRAD FREEMAN
Early example of how rephotographed television and video game images of simulated and real war raise questions as to how these technologies separate people from the tragic consequences of war. A parallel
#44 FRANCO VACCARI
Viaggio sul Reno Settembre 1974
Documenting a trip on the river Rhine, reflecting repetition, claustrophobia, banality and sequence through variations in a formally enclosed setting.
#45 KLAUS STAECK
Steinbach / Giessen
Highly political and yet very esthetic book recontextualizing press images in a biting commentary on society, violence and capitalism.
#46 LESLIE ROBERT KRIMS
"Near the end of Vietnam war, radical leftist activists using nasty ad hominem attacks,
#47 PETER DOWNSBROUGH
One of many artist books of this prolific artist and book maker combining the use of photographs, words and graphical elements. An interest in urban life is concretized by a reflection on body and orientation.
#48 NANCY HOLT
Photos and text are combined in a tragic account of the last days in the life of an elderly
#49 ERIK VAN DER WEIJDE
#50 YTO BARRADA
A Guide To Trees for Governors and Gardeners
An exhibition catalogue in the guise of a « modest » proposal to gardening a fictitious city.
#51 GERHARD RICHTER
Wald assembles 285 photographs that Richter has taken since 2005 in a forest
#52 EDWARD RUSCHA
Catalog Minneapolis Institute Of Art
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
This book, designed by Ruscha and Ed Foster, accompanied the Minneapolis Institute of
#53 CAROL BOVE
Plants & Mammals
Horticultural Society of New York
"The photos of flowers in this book have been taken from the gardening catalogs that
#54 MAURIZIO NANNUCCI
Sessante verdi naturali, da una indagine
Taxipalais / Firenze Renzo Spagnoli
Nannucci’s chromatic study of nature in a beautiful leporello which uses the grid to at once abstract and concretize his impressions of nature.
#55 FISCHLI & WEISS
An artist’s book collecting images taken on the Swiss artist duo’s worldwide travels -
#56 ROSEMARIE TROCKEL
Jedes Tier ist eine Künstlerin
An artists’ book produced as an exhibition catalogue by the Anders Tornberg Gallery in
#57 RICHARD NONAS
My Life On The Floor
"The main purpose of my studio isn’t actually to make things. It’s to force myself to look at old work. And that’s why I have so much shit. I need to be in a situation where I can’t not see the work. I’m seeing it in the worst possible way, I understand that, but what happens is, if we are talking now and someone knocks on the door at the other end of the loft, and I’m rushing over there to answer the door, out of the corner of my eye I see something on the wall, and I think, I hate that. It could be something I made 10 years ago, it could be something I made yesterday, and I stop, look at that thing, and figure out what’s not working. I’m totally willing to take a piece apart, to change it, to throw it out, to break it, to make something else out of it, because the point is to figure out one way to say this, to refine a vocabulary" Richard Nonas, Blouin.
#58 CARL ANDRE
Quincy book + catalogue
Addison Gallery of American Art
With photographs by several photographers the book is at once an exploration of the artists’ native town Quincy, Massachusetts, and it’s working-class past, while showing inspirations for his minimalist sculptures in the form of black-and-white photographs of headstones and monuments. The book was published as a catalogue to a show of his sculptures.
#59 PETER PILLER
Von Erde Schöner
Revolver / Archiv für Aktuelle Kunst
This opus magnum out of the Piller Archives presents more than 300 aerial photographs
#60 BRUCE NAUMAN
Clear Sky (Clea Rsky)
Leo Castelli Gallery
#61 WOLFGANG TILLMANS
Total Solar Eclipse
Galerie Daniel Buchholz
The mystery and magic of a total solar eclipse is captured based on drawings, charts, and photographs made during the years 1979–1999, this fine little exhibition catalogue offers a glimpse of the awe surrounding
#62 LESLIE ROBERT KRIMS
Humpy Press Inc.
Documenting the photographic process « invented » by it’s author, who can easily be called the funniest photographer of his generation.
#63 HANS-PETER FELDMANN
A bank-robbery and hostage taking in a small town in Germany produced a wave of articles all centering around a single shot of the criminals, who were then, in accompanying articles, presumed to be either italian, greek or turkish. Ironizing the stereotypical thinking of the press Feldmann nonetheless favors the image itself and the differences in printing and reproduction, over the concept of the book.
#64 CLAUDE CLOSKY / OLIVIER ZAHM
Something like a mid-term career retrospective catalog: french conceptual artist and book maker Claude Closky spares us no joke in combining the ugly and ephemeral in a visual and conceptual tour de force.
#65 PAOLO GIOLI
La Conchiglia Dissoluta
Polaroids of body-parts by italian artist and film-maker Gioli, this book certainly presents a cross-over between performance aspects and more sculptural interests.
#66 SOPHIE NYS
Catalogue Version VI
"Sophie Nys is interested in history: art history, history of philosophy, history of the great
#67 HANS EIJKELBOOM
In De Krant
The second book by Dutch conceptual artist Hans Eijkelboom, which consists of reproductions
#68 BATIA SUTER
The result of a long term investigation, this voluminous encyclopaedia of Batia Suter
#69 CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS
Printed In Germany
#70 IAN WALLACE
Vancouver Art Gallery
With "Coup des Dés" (Mallarmé) as a matrix canadian artist Wallace reflects on the printed page, work and performance, office space and studio.
#71 SOPHIE CALLE
Through rephotographed televised reportages of Tito’s death set against newspaper cuttings of the same event this scrap-book has a strange impersonal touch, yet feels fragile and touching.
#72 MIKE KELLEY
Sonsbeek 93 / Fred Hoffman
For his contribution to Sonsbeek 93, Kelley chose not to create an installation, but to
#73 ANNETTE MESSAGER
This artist book comes in three parts: "Mes Hommes de Protection" (My Protection Men); "Mes Attaques" (My Attacks); "Mes Amis" (My Friends), each part containing a certain number of orginal b/w photos, gelatine silver prints, and an original text written by hand by Annette Messager in black ink on a translucent tracing paper paper sheet.
#74 ROB PRUITT
38th Street Publishers
Holy Crap collects hundreds of photographs of outdoor church signs, whose punchy
#75 STEVE MCQUEEN
Queen and Country
The British Council Visual Arts Publications
"Queen and Country" was realized in 2007 as a commissioned work, and deals with the artists recollection of
#76 JONATHAN MONK
A multi-layered scrapbook of ideas collaged onto the 1969 Blue Peter annual mixed with a