October 1979

Saint Pierre des Corps: J. & J., Centre Saint Pierre des Corps, 1979
19 x 13cm, 24pp plus original wrappers. Artist's book unusually created from a nine minute b/w film of the same name by Jacques Parart based on the artist's life as a young man. The book has original texts by Boltanski which are printed in poetic structures on the left of each double page and, on the opposite page, deliberately childlike drawings by Jennifer Gough-Cooper and Jacques Caumont. The stories are reminiscences of early childhood life with some rather important events (such as over-hearing that his grandfather had died while pretending to be asleep in bed).
VG+ condition. A scarce publication released at the same time as an exhibition "Boltanski, ouevres de 1974 - 1975". This was the last (for a period of years) of the artist's books based on recreations of his early life - after this exhibition a period of creating large photographic works from posed items dominated the artist's output.

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Dunsyre, Lanark: Wild Hawthorn Press, n.d. (1979)
10 x 5.2cm, 18pp (printed on one side only) accordion fold. The artist's book has a text printed vertically: "VTOLP" and then a few pages later "V/S" and the next page the TOLP is printed as an upward ascending text.
This is a concrete poem relating to the abbreviation of Vertical Take Off and Landing plane which first reveealed to the public in the mid 1960s. The first page shows the passage of the plane upwards, the second is a representation of a normal plane taking off at an angle. We cannot work out what the "S" in the second typographic section stand for however. A shame but we continue to research this. VG=.

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