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CHRISTIAN BOLTANSKI

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LE BLAGEUR. 1974. ONE OF 100 SIGNED & NUMBERED PHOTOGRAPHS WITH HAND APPLIED COLOUR.

Paris: n.p., 1974
100 x 75cm, hand applied gouache, oil crayon on black and white photograph. This was one of two works taken from the Saynètes comiques series issued as an edition. Boltanski pretended to take on different personalities as if in a Mummer play - here "the joker" laughing and shaking a stick (representing a joker's musical stick). Wearing an anachronistic suit and hat there is no effort taken in trying to make the work realistic - the artist pretending is the important aspect of the image.
Each example of this print was overpainted by Boltanski in gouache and oil crayon adding a further layer of "falseness" - the work is not a colour photograph but pretends to be.
One of 100 signed and numbered examples in VG+ condition. In glass and wood frame.

LE BALAGEUR. 1975. HAND COLOURED, SIGNED AND NUMBERED.

Pesaro: Franca Mancini, 1975
68 x 89.7cm. Photolithography on thick paper, signed and numbered by Boltanski. A rare print-multiple by Boltanski. These are re-workings adapted from his important Saynetes Comiques series of exaggerated poses. Each print was uniquely hand-coloured. Issued in an edition of only 100 examples hand-signed and numbered by the artist. Fine estate in glass and wooden frame.

LE FURIEUX. 1975. HAND COLOURED, SIGNED AND NUMBERED.

Pesaro: Franca Mancini, 1975.
68 x 89.7cm. Photolithography on thick paper, signed and numbered by Boltanski. A rare print-multiple by Boltanski. These are re-workings adapted from his important Saynetes Comiques series of exaggerated poses - here the artist is angry. Each print was uniquely hand-coloured. Issued in an edition of only 100 examples hand-signed and numbered by the artist. Fine estate in wood and glass frame.

CONPOSITION GROTESQUE. 1981. SIGNED BY BOLTANSKI.

Lyon: Le Nouveau Musee, 1981
10.5 x 15cm, 2pp. Colour photographic postcard showing a Boltanski installation of mobile small sculptures which were shown in highly dramatic lighting. This card has been signed by the artist on the front by scratching the surface of the card. Verso image details. VG+.

UNTITLED (MILITARY MAN). 1995. DISTRIBUTED IN INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY.

London: Independent on Sunday, 1995
21 x 30cm, 2pp. B/w offset print with 48 b/w images of the same smiling military man (from perhaps the 50s) taken from a found roll of film. Verso is a black and orange information about the Take Me (I'm Yours) exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery which Boltanski initiated along with Hans Ulrich Obrist.
The artist appeals on the leaflet for information about the man in the images as Boltanski owns the family album and other belongings which "he would like to return to the family".
This unlimited print was issued as part of the exhibition (there were 11 other such prints from the likes of Gilbert & George, Lawrence Weiner, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Douglas Gordon, Franz West and others) and were distributed in the Independent on Sunday newspaper with a different print found in each newspaper. Scarce despite the large numbers printed. VG+.

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