ARTIST’S BOOKS

Paris: Centre Pompidou, 2019 18.5 x 12cm, 94pp. Card covers. Artist's book and exhibition catalogue issued during the major Boltanski retrospective with c. 80 b/w images of found faces printed in such a manner as to resemble ghosts. Short texts in French by the artist. VG+.
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Paris: Galerie Marian Goodman, 2018
19.5 x 25.5 x 4.5cm, two part cloth covered box content of a lenticular photograph taking two images from Saynètes comiques of 1974 - where the artist's performance in a black suit and hat consisted of him pretending to hang himself - only to show in a second photograph that the rope was fake. The title translates to "Death for a Laugh". When one moves the photograph the viewer can see one or the other image. From the 2000s onwards, Boltanski has increasingly used lenticular prints.
This is one of 200 signed and numbered copies on a label on the inside of the box lid. VG+.

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London: Wallpaper Magazine, 2018
30 x 22cm, 290pp plus wrappers. A single issue of this art and design magazine which has a 4pp interview with Boltanski on the eve of his first London exhibition for many years. There is a full page colour portrait of the artist and images in his studio.
The cover is a special design by Boltanski for the magazine which overlaps eyes from a face onto his light-bulb installation "Depart". VG+.

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Amsterdam: Oude Kirk, 2017
42 x 29cm, 4pp. Exhibition catalogue in tabloid newspaper format for the major installation in the old medieval church in the Old Town of Amsterdam. Four large images of the installations and text in Dutch. Folded as issued. VG+.

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Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017
22.5 x 14.3cm, 232pp plus boards and dust jacket. A novel by Botlanski's son heavily based on the story of the "Bolts" a family in Saint-Germain where the Jewish father had to go into hiding to avoid the nazis for several years. The book is obviously (and openly) based on the real life story of the Boltanski family). Near fine.

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NYC: Independent Curators International, 2013
25.4 x 20.3cm, 448 plus card covers. A massive collective artist's book based on the original project by Obrist and Boltanski in 1993. All of the works are instruction based - the reader being expected to create the work as explained by the artist.
Boltanski offers two works - Les Ecoliers and Instruction both from 1993.
Slight mark from previous price label on front cover. Internally on the first blank page Boltanski, Bertrand Lavier and Hans Ulrich Obrist have written "do it" and signed under each phrase.

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Venice: French Pavilion, 2010
42. x 30.4cm, 8pp, The artist's book and exhibiition catalogue for the magnificent major installation at the Venice Biennale where Boltanski was the official representative for France. The major installation consisted of a long roll of photographic images of baby faces which moved at speed over long distances on a scaffolding - every now and then the roll would stop and and image based on three section of different faces was projected onto a screen. The genetic lottery in life being paralleled in the work. Other installations displayed the numebr of deaths and births taking place world-wide during the exhibition. There is a text by Jacques Roubaud and an interview with the artist along with David Walsh and Jean-Hubert-Martin.
VG+ although folded for storage. Three versions in French, English and Italian were published - this collection holds an example of each.

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Paris: Point d'ironie/Agnes b, 2010
43.4 x 30.7cm, 8pp, A single number of the artist's periodical which invites a single artist to create an artist's book. This is one of two such publications by Boltanski in the series - he also did number 26, eight years earlier. The pages display one of the artist's major installations in the Palais des Beaux-arts in Paris where he massed vast numbers of second-hand clothing. Folded for storage else VG+. Published in a large edition size of 10,000 copies and distributed in the various boutique of Agnes b.

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Paris, Dilecta/Musée du Louvre, 2009
23 x 17.5cm, 120pp pluw printed boards including 40 illustrations b/w. This first edition of the artist's book lists all of the artists found in the museum alphabetically within various rather contrived groupings. Boltanski has added 40 constructions where b/w reproductions of portraits of artists and employees of the museum have been cut up and recombined with half of the upper faces being attached to a different artist/employee's lower face - much like a children's card game. One of 2,000 copies. VG++.

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Boston: MFA Publications, 2009
21 x 15cm, 240pp plus boards and dust jacket. A biography of sorts based on a long interview between the artist and Catherine Grenier. Sixteen b/w plates of works and photographs of the artist. A very useful reference and probably as close to an honest recounting of the history of the artist's life (although memory seems to have caused some incorrect recollections of particularly early activities based on documentation we hold in this archive). Near fine.

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Paris (Malakoff): Maison des Arts - Centre d'art contemporain de Malakoff, 2007
21 x 15cm, a book consisting of ten images of colour images faces that have been cut into three sections each and spine bound (plus front and back covers). The splitting allows the viewer to recombine the 30 sections to create new combinations of faces. Boltanski has used this format (found in children's books more commonly) in other works including CHANCE at the Biennale of Venice. Malakoff is the area of Paris where the artist was born and also now lives.
Book was issued during the exhibition of the same title also in Malakoff. VG+ condition and surprisingly hard to find.

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