JUAN ROMERO Tag

Paris: Gallery du Tournesol, 1973
24.5 x 17cm, 8pp artist's book printed black on cream card with four original lithographs of drawings with text by Romero and a short text "Manuel du Voyager" (travel diary) written by Jean Jacques Leveque.
Additional to that on the third page there is an original contribution by Boltanski which is relatively unknown - two photographs of a mother and father with a child and below is the text written by Boltanski (our translation):
"The two photographs must have been taken on the same day and almost in the same place. The little boy in the two pictures must be three or four years old, the sun is shining, the man and the woman look serious and sad, there are ceramic tiles on the steps and a large stone pot in which is planted a tree. The woman is young and beautiful, the man is dressed in white (he stands straight as if at attention). You think you can make out a house. in the picture on the right, the little boy seems to be singing.
Behind the photograph on the left is written in pencil "with my father Seville 1934", behind the one on the right "with my mother Sevilla 1934"
For Juan Romero and his parents whose names I don't know. Christian Boltanski, Mai 1972."

It is not clear if these photographs are really of Romerpo and his parents or a fiction. Romero was a friend of Boltanski's who had organised exhibitions by the former at the same gallery when Boltanski was the director (it was founded by his mother). This contribution is not mentioned in any catalogue raisonne that we know of and is relatively forgotten.
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Copenhague: Berg, 12 Fevrier 1967
21 x 15cm, 1ppOriginal carbon copy of a typed and signed letter from M Berg noting Boltanski's news of the new gallery and that he was obtaining great pleasure from the Romero painting that he had bought.
After asking if there would be a new Romero exhibition this year, Berg mentions for the first time the novel he is involved with and asks if Romero might be interested in designing the cover?
Finally he also gives notice that he most likely will visit the Gallery in May of 1967.

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Paris: Galerie Claude Levin, 24 Janvier 1967
27 x 21cm, 1pp a signed hand typed letter from Boltanski on Galerie Claude Levin letterhead paper to M. Berg.
Boltanski explains that he is now in charge of the new gallery but his interests in art have not changed.
He also lets Berg know that Romero had an exhibition where the critic Jean-Jacques Leve wrote that "he was the revelation of the year."

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Paris: Gallery du Tournesol, November 1966
25 x 36cm, 28pp on uncut cartridge paper - an artist's book with 10 original lithographs by Juan Romero and a poetic text. Loose signatures which were released uncut (probably awaiting private binding). Published by Boltanski as part of his activities as a gallerist during his first steps in the artworld. VG+. Extremely rare.

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Paris: Gallery du Tournesol November 1966
17 x 8cm, 6pp. Announcement card printed black on beige with a detailed reproduced drawing by Romero over the inner pages. The gallery logo of a sunflower is on the front of the card - and there is a possibility that that drawing was by Boltanski. VG+. Rare.

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