July 1974

Paris: n.p., 1974
100 x 75cm, hand applied gouache, oil crayon on black and white photograph. This was one of two works taken from the Saynètes comiques series issued as an edition. Boltanski pretended to take on different personalities as if in a Mummer play - here "the joker" laughing and shaking a stick (representing a joker's musical stick). Wearing an anachronistic suit and hat there is no effort taken in trying to make the work realistic - the artist pretending is the important aspect of the image.
Each example of this print was overpainted by Boltanski in gouache and oil crayon adding a further layer of "falseness" - the work is not a colour photograph but pretends to be.
One of 100 signed and numbered examples in VG+ condition. In glass and wood frame.

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1973.
8.8 x 19.3cm, 2pp. Artist card with two drawings by Torok which consists of a pink and blue rectangle with horizontal lines denoted as landscape. The second square has the same colouring but has vertical stripes and is labelled Interior. The latter being an image of wallpaper and the former horizons and fields. VG+.

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München: Galerie Thomas, 1974, 14.8 x 21cm, 2pp announcement card for an "upcoming edition" of a book by Beuys which was already sold-out at the publisher (Heiner Bastian; distributed by Schellmann & Klüser) but offered here because the Galerie Thomas secured some copies" "available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis". One drawing of a stag by Beuys on the front with the lower part of the card and order form which was supposedly to be cut off and mailed to the gallery. A bit crumpled on the bottom else in VG+ condition....

Exeter: The Rougemont Press, 1974
27 x 20cm, 16pp. Original pictorial card covers. Artist's book comprising three orange and brown offset designs for sundials (one is a centre-fold double page) and brown divider pages. Each is also a visual/concrete poem - for example the double page sheet has four boats - a clipper, a barque, a mumble bee (name of the boat rather than the type) and Snow - again a type of boat. The four sides of the sundial therefore has one each of these boats and represents the four seasons (Spring- clipper/Summer Mumble Bee/Autumn - wood barque and winter - wood snow) hence adding time passing through the year to the daily cycle of hours. This is one of only 150 signed by numbered copies. Near Fine.

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Edinburgh/New York, Demarco/Ronald Feldman, 1974
10.5 x 15cm, 2pp announcement card for the editioned print here released by Beuys' New York Gallery although the publisher was Demarco. The colour image of the meeting (where Beuys looks bored) between the artist, the socialite and the architect is reproduced on the front, verso information about the print. VG+.

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