A SENTENCE OF THIRTEEN PARTS (WITH TWELVE ALTERNATE VERBS) ENDINGS IN FABLE

Hamburg: Anatol AV und Filmproduktion, 1977. First Edition. Wraps. Series of four nested accordian-fold series that extend into a crucifom. House in black printed folded portfolio; 4" x 5.25" (folded), 46" x 60" (unfolded) approx. Mild rubbing to portfolio. Some moderate wear overall and imperfectly folded, as common. Else sound and clean. Solidly very good. Very good. Item #22147

Arguably Baldessari's most desirable artist's book, and one of the best of the 1970s. Single B&W images appropriated from television are paired with single words superimposed in yellow that (as the title explains) form a sentence of thirteen parts, with twelve alternate verbs. Enigmatic and challenging: "the form [...] successfully liberates it from its origins as a wall piece, and reinterprets its contents through a historical book structure" (Phillpot, "Some Contemporary Artists and Their Books," ARTISTS BOOKS: A Critical Anthology and Sourcebook, p. 118).

Price: $3,000.00

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