December 2003

N.p.: Pin-up, 2003
2.5 x 2cm, backing card and plastic transparent bag content of a mounted 1.5cm lapel button badge (plastic and metal) with Monk's famous greeting "Until Then". Slight rusting to the badge due to damp which has affected the backing card but a scarce small object multiple.

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Edinburgh: Show and Tell Editions, 2003
2.5 x 3 x 3cm (approx) wood and rubber stamp  consisting of a reproduced image of the artist's  right thumbprint. One of 65 signed and numbered  (on a certificate) examples from the important  British conceptual artist (and curator) Monk.  Referencing Manzoni (who often stamped works  with his thumbprint), and, perhaps indirectly,  Warhol - the idea of the unique re-made as a  multiple was never before more apposite as here.  Fine condition.
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London: Acquarium, 2003
32 x 22cm, manilla envelope with printed title label content of two stapled handouts - one 30 x 21cm, 14pp and the other 30 x 21cm, 26pp. Text only - the exhibition was in two parts - one of a collection of Finlay printed works and the other a concrete poetry exhibition from the collection of William English. Staples somewhat rusted else VG+.

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Berlin: Revolver Books, 2003
8 x 20cm, 2pp printed card with one of Monk's meeting works on the front - "10 de Abril de 2010 al medio dia Edgar Allan Poe esq. Shakepare Col. Nueva Anzuren Mexico D.F." which is repeated twice in a typewriter font. One the reverse publisher's details. One of 5,000 such cards printed. VG+.

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Two different announcement cards for exhibitions by John Furnival on the back of which is a lengthy hand written note in black ink noting that a librarian at the former Bath Academy had contacted Furnival about Robertson's interest in the early portfolios Furnival printed at the college.
He noted that he had completed one with Finlay: "Headlines/Eavelines" and others with dsh and "Eddie" Morgan as well as one by himself. The note explains how only 20 of each portfolio were made and that a further portfolio with Ernst Jandl was planned but aborted after only 3 prints were made. The missive continues noting how Finlay had allowed Furnival to continue distributing "After The Russia" despite a full stop being missing in the text.
Furnival then noted his boat-prints for the Wild Hawthorn Press and how Finlay "cast me back to Athens from Little Sparta (after refusing to beat up Stuart Mongomery!)."
Furnival then invited Robertson to call him and supplied a number .
Robertson relates the tale told to him by Furnival in the subsequent call about how Finlay had hosted Montgomery for a few days at Little Sparta (then Stoneypath) but had fallen out with him during the drive to the train station where Finlay left him off so that he could go to Furnival next. Furnival received a call from Finlay while Montgomery was in transit "asking me to punch Stuart in the face as soon as he got off the train which of course I refused to do". Thereafter Finlay refused to talk to Furnival for not administering what he saw as justice for a slight and their collaborations ended.
JOPINT: Original mailing envelope franked 22 September 2003.

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London: Lisson Gallery, 2003
26.5 x 21cm, 160pp plus original card covers. The first major monograph on the artist with colour illustrations throughout with a a short interview between the artist and Hans-Ulrich Obrist and a longer one between Monk and Sol Lewitt. Essay by Jens Hoffmann. The book additionally has a couple of inserts including a black dot sticker which the book owner is to add to a page and a card with various rubic cube illustrations on it that reflect the front cover.
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Original wrap around publisher's bandeau. All VG+.

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Bristol, UK: Adolfini, 2003
30 x 21cm, 64pp plus card covers. Spiral bound. An artist's book issued on the occasion of an exhibition (Neither a borrower nor a lender be). Pages from well known conceptual art books are reprinted willy nilly in the book. Monk was born in 1969 one of the major years of the original conceptual movement. This copy is signed by Monk on the first page in pencil. VG+.

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Glasgow: Wax366, 2003
15 x 10.5cm, 2pp artist postcard with an image of a paper cup with a rule placed in the coffee. Verso - this example is signed by Bellingham. VG+. ...