Christian Boltanski: Lot of 5 Books and Catalogues (1988-1997)
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Boltanski. Edited with text Didier Semin (text in French). Art Press, 1988. 80 pp. Small quarto. First edition. Stiff wrappers. Black-and-white reproductions. Extensive bio, bibliography and exhibition history.
Fine-; minor wear

Ensembles. Christian Boltanski/Jacques Roubaud. 9 fevrier, Paris, 1997. Unpaged. Quarto. Edition of 3000 copies. Spiral bound stiff boards. Numerous black-and-white reproductions

An artist book that contains two sections. The first is titled "Listes : 99," a reordering by Jacques Roubaud of three of Boltanski's book of lists into 99 different lists. The second section titled "Multiplications" by Boltanski, reprints 35 portraits cut into 3 parts horizontally so that the sections of the face can be recombined 353 times. Reference, "Christian Boltanski : Artist's Books 1969 - 2007"

Christian Boltanski: Catalogue. Books, Printed Matter, Ephemera, 1966-1991. Edited by Jennifer Flay. Commentaries by Gunter Metken. Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther K├Ânig, Portikus, Frankfurt am Main, 1992. 211 pp. Quart. First edition. Hardbound. No jacket as issued. Black-and-white reproductions.
Fine; lightly rubbed.

The most definitive reference to date of Boltanski's prolific and varied output.

Christian Boltanski: Sachlich. Kunsthalle, Vienna/Gina Kehayoff Verlag, Munich, 1995. Unpaged (appx. 90 pp.). Quarto. First edition. Stiff wrappers with printed photo. Black-and-white reproductions.
Artist's book/exhibition catalogue from Boltanski's 1995 exhibition at the Kunsthalle in Vienna.

Christian Boltanski: Reconstitution. Whitechapel Art Gallery/Van Abbemuseum/Musee De Grenoble, London, 1990. Cardboard box containing numerous items, complete, inlcuding: A catalog with an essay by Lynn Gumpert in English; a catalogue with chronology and bibliography; an interview with Georgia Marsh in English; and reprints of 5 artist's books by Christian Boltanski: Reconstitution de gestes effectues par C.B. entre 1948 et 1954; 10 portraits photographiques de C.B. 1946-1964; Recherche et presentation de tout ce qui reste de mon enfance 1969; Inventaire des objets ayant appartenu a une femme de bois-colombes; Saynetes Comiques; and reprints of 10 pieces of ephemera by Boltanski including a color poster, 3 color postcards, 2 letters, 2 photos, and 2 other items.
Contents Fine; top of box just a bit 'pushed'.

"In 1986 Boltanski began making installations from a variety of materials and media, with light effects as integral components. Some of these consisted of tin boxes stacked in an altar-like construction with a framed portrait photograph on top...Such assemblages of objects again relate to the principle of reconstruction of the past. Such works, for which he used portrait photographs of Jewish schoolchildren taken in Vienna in 1931, serve as a forceful reminder of the mass murder of Jews by the Nazis. In the works that followed...Boltanski filled whole rooms and corridors with items of worn clothing as a way of prompting an involuntary association with the clothing depots at concentration camps. As in his previous work, objects thus serve as mute testimony to human experience and suffering."--Andreas Franzke, Grove Art Online "Christian Boltanski belongs among those obsessive artists who are courageous and strong enough to tackle again and again their most personal vision, revisiting, modifying, and constantly reinterpreting it. His installations appear at once as a continuation, a further elaboration, of his familiar universe, yet they always address us with new, unexplored meanings. As a highly conscious 'painter of the end of the twentieth century,' he is very clear in naming what precisely this obsession is about. 'I am interested in what I call 'little memory,' Boltanski wrote in the catalogue to his a Paris exposition, 'an emotional memory, an everyday knowledge, the contrary of the Memory with a capital M that is preserved in history books. This little memory, which for me is what makes us unique, is extremely fragile, and it disappears with death. This loss of identity, this equalization in forgetting, is very difficult to accept.' From the very beginning of his career, Boltanski has been in unswerving search of traces, collecting passionately what is left, incidentally, after our disappearance."--Yvette Biro, "The Big Storehouse, "PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, January 1999.
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