January 1989

Basel. Museum für Gegenwartskunst, 1989
23 x 16cm. 62pp plus card covers. Artist's book released on the occasion of an exhibition in Switzerland. Twenty-three enlargements of faces from a group photograph of children celebrating the Fete de Pourim in 1939 in a Parisian Jewish School - looking at the faces (which take on the characteristics of spectres because of the fuzziness from the enlargement) one cannot tell the fates of any particular child although one might suspect many to have died in the killing camps of the Nazis. There is an interview in German between Boltanski and Jorg Zutter at the back of the book. VG+.
Reference: Flay Catalogue Page 180.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1989
12.8 x 20.3, 2pp card. The card has an appropriated drawing of a hunt in full chase - the hare has the name De Mann over it. Paul de Mann was an important literary critic who alongside Derrida popularised the concept of deconstruction. Finlay WAs clearly no fan. VG+.

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Paris: Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, 1989
10.5 x 21cm, 1pp typographic announcement card printed in red and black for a solo gallery show. Slight bumping top right else VG. ...

Koln: Edition Hansjörg Mayer, 1999
25 x 18 cm. 192pp plus card covers and French folds. A collective artist's book in hommage of the publisher Walther König with contributions by John Baldessari, Lothar Baumgarten, Bernd & Hilla Becher, ein loses vierseitiges Insert von Claus Böhmler, Christian Boltanski, George Brecht, Günter Brus, Hanne Darboven, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Peter Fischli & David Weiß, Isa Genzken, Hans Haacke, Candida Höfer, Carsten Höller, Jenny Holzer, Roni Horn, On Kawara, Sol LeWitt, Nam June Paik, ein lose einliegendes Walther König-Lesezeichen von Tobias Rehberger, Ulrich Rückriem, Tomas Schmit, Schuldt, Thomas Struth, Rosemarie Trockel, Franz Erhard Walther. The cover was designed by Lawrence Weiner. Slightly grubby cover but else VG.
Boltanski has contributed an original pagework a photograph of a young boy holding a book in front of a bookshop which purports to be Konig at age 10 - something which we cannot verify or a typical Boltanski strategy of using a model to pretend to be the book dealer.

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NYC: n.p., 1989
5 x 5cm, b/w transparency with a detail of the Boltanski installation "Reliquary" from 1989. Handwritten legend on the plastic - a slide provided by a gallery to press or clients. VG+.

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