February 1995

Oldenburg: Oldenburgen Kunstverein und Carl von Ossietzky Universitat, 1995
20 x 21cm, 20pp plus card covers. Exhibition catalogue for the installation of two works the first by Boltanski - Gymnasium Chases (based on a school photograph from Wien in 1931) and a second show based on found images - Private Waldschule Kaliski als insel der geborgenheit in Berlin 1932.
There are essays in German - Martin Sonnbend, Margret Stuffmann on Boltanski, and Hertha Lucas-Busemann on the private school which seems to have escaped the wrath of the Nazis during the war despite its Jewish links. Both articles are illustrated in b/w - Boltanski's with 8 images of faces and the original group photograph. An essay comparing the two exhibition is by Michael Daxner. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1995
5.4 x 4.3cm, 8pp, plus card covers and printed cream dust jacket. Internally there is a text:

"Apples are points in the fields of Eragny".

The painting "Fields of Eragny" is by the pointilliste Camille Pissarro - an art style that was made up by coloured dots on the canvas that "mixed in the retina" (although in actuality more like the visual cortex). Hence an apple in the painting would be nothing more than a dot due to both the style and the distance the painter was from the tree. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1995
11.9 x 17.7cm, 2pp. Different forms of hatch beams which have different combinations in different boat designs are shown here in cross elevation in a drawing by Gary Hincks. In some ways this is just an abstract composition but it also reflects Marcel Broodthaers reworking of Stephane Mallarme's Un coup de dés jamais n'abolira le hasard (A Throw of the Dice will Never Abolish Chance) where the text of the original concrete poem is replaced by black rectangles that emphasis the placing of the words and negating the semantic. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1995
6 x 12cm, 6pp concertina folded card. A text "one piece of driftwood patched on another" is repeated on three of the panels - but the typography of each is different with various fonts used to emphasis different aspects of the conjured images. The different fonts also reflect the text in that each is "patched" upon another in an unusual way that still creates a harmonious whole. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1995
6 x 12cm, 4pp. A monostitch is a one line poem - here the monostich is preceded by "For a Seat - to be Placed by a Stream".
Inside the poem reads "A Row of Crack Willows or Marilyn Monroes". Crack willows are trees that are renowned for the sound they make when the branches and parts of the trunk break. Monroe was, of course, a film actress who died early and a great beauty.
The leaves of the willows, of course, billow as they hang down and that is reminiscent of the most famous of images of Monroe with her wide skirt billowing up as she stands over an underground hot air grate in the film "Some Like It Hot". There is also a duplication of the sound of the word Row in her name. VG+.

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