Hans Ulrich Obrist Tag

Milano: Pirelli HangarBicocca, 2018, 2001
15 x 10.4cm, 20pp plus card covers. Exhibition catalogue for the large scale exhibition (one in a series) that were curated by Boltanski and Hans Ulrich Obrist where visitors could take artworks away (much like Boltanski's Dispersion installations). texts in Enlgish and Italian, one b/w image of Boltanski's contribution - Dispersion but from the first of the shows in London in 1995. Another double page colour image of the Felix Gonzalez Torres"Untitled (revenge)". VG+.

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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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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.
JOINT WITH:
Original wrap around publisher's bandeau. All VG+.

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Stuttgart: Oktagon Verlag, 1995
17 x 13.5cm, 32pp which include 23 full colour 8.7 x 12.5cm "Kodak" photographs loosely tipped onto blank pages plus title page and colophon. Padded orange boards with foil stamped title. First edition of this artist's book which was designed to look like a family photographic album.
The photographs purport to be souvenirs of a family holiday at Berck-Plage in August 1975 and have the over bright colours found in the colour stock of the time - and an over saturated colour pallet that Boltanski has used in some of his mid-career photographic studies.
As with all of Boltanski's work one is left unsure if the images are genuinely from the artist's family records or found from some other vintage source?
This is one of 500 signed and numbered copies in pencil on the colophon by the artist. The series of Oktagon artist's books was edited by Hans-Ulrich Obrist who has since worked several times with Boltanski including the series of "Take Me I'm yours" exhibitions from the late 90s. VG+ condition.

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Glasgow: CCA, 1995
15 x 15cm, 2pp typographic design announcement card for an exhibition where the works were created from instructions of the artists without their personal intervention. Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Other artists include Felix Gonzalez Torres, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Paul-Armand Gette, Mike Kelley, Rirkrit Tiravanija and others. VG+

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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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Saint-Gall: Stiftsbibliothek, n.d. (1992)
10.5 x15cm, 8pp (original postcards bound in) plus front and back cards. Artist's book consisting of postcards showing installation views of a small exhibition of books by Boltanski from a library exhibition in the abbey of Saint-Gall. The show consisted of a single vitrine it seems. The images do not really allow one to see the books but the library is clearly impressive. The installation was organised by Hans Ulrich Obrist but he claims elsewhere his first curated exhibition was one year later (which also included Boltanski).
Reference: Calle Boltanski Artist's Books Page 76.

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London: Serpentine Gallery, 1992 Three different artist's postcards (10.5 x 15cm, 2pp) each with a pair of images that Boltanski found in copies of the Nazi SIGNAL magazine. He pairs up images of cultural life (a ballet dancer, a model) and nature (a bee) alongside images of soldiers and weapons. This relates to other work where images of victims and murderers are mixed together where no-one can tell which is which. The normalcy of daily life could be found in Nazi Germany as much as less guilty societies (and one should remember Boltanski's jewish heritage).
Take Me (I'm Yours) was the first of a number of such exhibitions which Boltanski had a hand in initiating alongside Hans Ulrich Obrist. Members of the public could take the artworks away. However these cards were only found in the deluxe catalogue for the show.
Each of these cards are signed in pencil by Boltanski on the back.

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