Untitled, Black-White (With SIGNED and INSCRIBED Artist-Designed Postcard). Louise Lawler, Janelle Reiring.
Untitled, Black-White (With SIGNED and INSCRIBED Artist-Designed Postcard).
Untitled, Black-White (With SIGNED and INSCRIBED Artist-Designed Postcard).

Untitled, Black-White (With SIGNED and INSCRIBED Artist-Designed Postcard).

New York: Self-published, 1978. First Edition. Small octavo. With a SIGNED AND INSCRIBED artist-designed postcard with Lawler's explaining why she has declined a collector's request that she sign the book. Artist's book featuring text written by Janelle Reiring, based on Henry G. Wales's account of Mata Hari's execution written in Paris on October 18th, 1917. The text is formatted as a film script and the book contains two images of playing cards in addition to the black-and-white image which graces the cover. Both the book and Lawler's postcard inscription explore and comment on value and price, central themes in the artist's ouevre: each copy of this book has 2 printed prices: $4.95 and $100, and copies were priced according to which price is circled (this copy with $4.95 circled). On the artist's postcard, created by the artist and available as a takeaway for her 1986 ICA, Philadelphia exhibition, Lawler adds a note declining to sign the book, and explains her rational, in a rare statement on her practice and intentions: "When I published these / books, making the price / contingent on which was / circled, I was avoiding the / artists signature as value... / although I do sign my / work now, it would seem / perverse for me to sign it. / Best regards / Louise Lawler" Near fine in photo-illustrated wrappers. Postcard fine. Rare.

Item #26282

Price: $1,750.00

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