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CHRISTIAN BOLTANSKI

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BOLTANSKI. 1970. ARTIST’S THIRD ONLY SOLO EXHIBITION – HERE AT BEN VAUTIER’S GALLERY.

Nice: Ben Doute de Tout, 1970
10.5 x 15cm, 1pp typographic announcement card which is also a conceptual work in itself. A series of adjectives are posed as questions about Boltanski and the exhibition. Words such as "Maniac?", "Pretentious?", "Sadistic?", "New?" in advance of the exhibition references doubt about whether the artist is pretending to be something/someone else and if his work is genuine? Ben's gallery was called in translation "Ben doubts everything" - and this rather matches that distrust of art and the world. Very scarce early card. VG+.

BOLTANSKI. LE GAC. 1971. ARTIST’S FOURTH OR FIFTH SHOW.

Paris: Grand Salon de L'Hotel Moderne Palace, 1971
10.5 x 14.8cm, 1pp typographic announcement card for a joint show with Jean Le Gac. The two artists had met early on in Boltanski's career and the latter gives Le Gac credit for influencing his work and showing him "the ropes" of the Parisian artwork. They did many early joint shows and projects together where they contributed to collective artist's books often along with Annette Messager (who soon became Boltanski's life long lover and sometimes collaborator). This seems to have been the artist's fourth or fifth show although a definitive list of exhibitions is not available anywhere.
This is a rare document in VG+ condition.

CHRISTIAN BOLTANSKI A 5 ANS ANS 3 MOIS DE DISTANCE. 1971.

Venice: Galerie De La Salle, n.d. (1971)
10.5 x 15cm, 2pp b/w postcard issued as an edition during the group show "Les Paravents" held in Venice. On the front is the well known work where the artist shows two photographs of himself side by side with a gap of 5 years and three months between them. He looks older of course, time is disappearing as is his life. VG+. Scarce.

CHRISTIAN BOLTANSKI. 1971. ARTIST’S FIRST SOLO SHOW AT THE GALLERY.

Paris: Galerie Sonnabend, 1971
10.5 x 15cm, 1pp typographic announcement card for Boltanski's first solo show at Sonnabend. A mailed copy to M. Berg with handwritten address. VG+ although slight marks from the franking process.

CHRISTIAN BOLTANSKI. 1973. ARTIST’S FIRST SOLO SHOW IN AMERICA.

Paris: Galerie Sonnabend, n.d. (1973)
11.5 x 16.5cm, 1pp typographic announcement card for Boltanski's first solo show in America, only months before he has his first show outside of France in Oxford in the UK. A mailed copy with handwritten address (not by Boltanski). VG+ although slight marks from the franking process. Scarce.
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DESCRIPTION DES 34 REGLES ET TECHNIQUES UTILISEES EN JUIN 1972 PAR UN ENFANT DE 9 ANS. 1974.

Paris: Galerie Sonnabend, 1974
10.5 x 15cm, 1pp typographic announcement card for Boltanski's twenty-first first solo show and the third at Sonnabend. The work displayed were photographs of the artist pretending to be a nine year old boy and reliving (supposed) memories from his past. This is a mailed copy to M. Berg sent to the latter from Boltanski with handwritten address.
The artist's book of the same title had recently been published by Berg Verlag in Copenhagen - which was M. Berg's own imprint and a book he had commissioned from Boltanski. VG+.

AFFICHE. 1974.

London/Eindhoven/Grenoble: Whitechapel Art Gallery/Van Abbemuseum/Musee de Grenoble, 1974
15 x 10.5cm, 2pp artist postcard with a reproduction of a poster "Les Malheurs de Bebe" verso usual postcard design. VG+.

AFFICHES ACCESSOROIRES DECORS DOCUMENTS PHOTOGRPAHIQUES. 1974. SIGNED BY BOLTANSKI.

Munster: Westfälischer Kunstverein, 1974
15 x 10.5cm, 1pp typographic announcement card for a major museum show of posters, photographs and other works. This was one of the artist's earliest museum shows (although compared with other artists Boltanki was pretty successful in this regard with an exhibition in the ARC in Paris in 1970 which was his 5th ever solo show!). The card mentions more recent work bhy the artist where he plays a "clown".
The card is signed by Boltanski (to M. Berg) in black ink.
JOINT:
Hand addressed (by Boltanski) envelope to M. Berg with franked printed stamping.

NARRATIVE ART. 1974.

Rome: Cannaviello Studio d'arte, 1974

29.2 x 10.2cm, 1pp typographic announcement card for a group show in Italy with contributions by David Askevold, John Baldessari, Robert Cumming, Jochen Gerz, Peter Hutchison, Jean Le Gac, William Wegman and others to which Boltanski contributed. by 1974 Boltanski was regularly invited to major group shows and many of those being international events - this was only 9 years after his very first public outing.
There are some marks on the front of this card and it is a hand addressed mailed example with stamp and frank. Else VG.

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ZUM TOTLACHEN. KINDHEITSERINNERUNGEN. 1975. SIGNED BY BOLTANSKI.

Dusseldorf: Stadtische Kunsthalle, 1975
21 x 15cm, 1pp announcement leaflet for a performance by Boltanski with "his talking doll" - one of the first of such performative works by the artist where a besuited and be-hatted artist discussed "childhood memories" in a faux ventriloquist act. Interestingly young people under 10 are specifically invited to attend. On the back Boltanski has signed the leaflet to Berg thanking him for is support. VG+. although formerly folded.
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Hand addressed envelope from Boltanski to M. Berg sent from Germany.

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