December 1993

Munich/Stuttgart (St. Gallen): Octogan Verlag, 1993
18 x 12cm, 12pp plus card covers. Artist's book displaying six photographs of meals - each image being brightly coloured and fully saturated to make the posed images seem other-worldly and to emphasis their "fakery". The images resemble those used on restaurant menu boards.
This is one of 400 copies found in "World Soup" - this was Hans Ulrich Obrist's first ever curated exhibition and had major contributions by Hans Peter Feldmann, Roman Signer, Paul-Armand Gette, Fischli and Weiss, Richard Wentworth, C.O. Paeffgen, Frederic Bruly Bouabre. And each like Boltanski included an original publication or print to the catalogue which was published in only 400 copies.
Additionally there was a 30 x 21cm, 16pp pluys card covers general catalogue for the show which each artist provided a page contribution to - Bolanski showed two colour photographs of a kitchen cupboard but the second image has had a candle photo-manipulated into the image.
A rare publication - and this example has the Boltanski booklet signed on the first page in ink. All VG+ in like folder.
Reference: Calle Boltanski Artist's Books Page 77

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1993
9.7 x 9.2cm, 4pp Christmas card printed black on white with a drawing after John Flaxman by Gary Hincks of "Sleep and Death conveying the body of Sarpedon to Lycia" - from Homer's 'Iliad'.
Finlay uses the image to add a new legend:
A flak-damaged B-17 finds a friendly escort in enemy airspace. Level contrails are those of out-going USAAF formations.
A previous published card by Finlay also updates a re-working of Flaxman to the second world war.
Sarpedon was a prince in the Trojan war who was killed and sent home for burial with the help of the gods. This example is in original mailing envelope and has the message "happy Chrstmas from Ian in red felt tipped pen over the inner blank double pages. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1993
11 x 7cm, 44pp plus green embossed boards. An artist's book with sixteen line drawings of various roses by Gary Hincks with the names of appropriate boats and their harbour numbers below. The last rose is XMAS ROSE and the name printed in red.
A long time interest in using boat names and numbers as poetry and sound elements as well as identifying certain boats with flowers is here again prominent.
This was published as a Christmas gift by Finlay in an edition of only 250 copies. VG+.

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Frankfurt: Städtische Galerie im Stadelschen Kunstinstitut, 1993
28 x 23cm, 6pp exhibition catalogue for an exhibition of the 23 enlarged faces of the school students found in an original source school photograph of the graduating class of 1931 from a Viennese high school for Jewish students. Each in larger detail takes on a ghostly appearance - and one is left wondering of the fate of these lost souls. Anonymous essay in German and four b/w images of faces and a reproduced image of the original school photograph. VG+.

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