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Christian Boltanski: Reconstitution

Publisher: London: Trustees of the Whitechapel Art Gallery, 1990
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Soft cover
Condition: Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 107291



First edition, first printing. Heavy brown cardboard box with title printed in black on label pasted to lid, containing 18 items as listed below. Box measures 12-3/8 x 10-3/8 x 1-3/8 inches.

Published on the occasion of the 1990 exhibition "Christian Boltanski: Reconstitution," at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, The Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and at The Musee de Grenoble.


Fine (box is slightly splayed; all contents Fine).


Three soft cover catalogues:

[1] "Christian Boltanski: Reconstitution" exhibition catalogue, with essay by Lynn Gumpert, 40 pp., with numerous color and black and white illustrations, 12 x 9-5/8 inches;

[2] "Christian Boltanski 1944-90" catalogue of works, exhibitions and bibliography, 36 pp., with numerous black and white illustrations, 12 x 9-3/4 inches;

[3] "Christian Boltanski: an Interview with Georgia Marsh," 48 pp., with five black and white illustrations, 11-3/4 x 8-1/4 inches.

Five reprints of soft cover artist's books:

[4] "Reconstitution des gestes effectués par Christian Boltanski entre 1948 et 1954," 28 pp., with 7 black and white plates, 8-1/8 x 5-1/4 inches;

[5] "10 Portraits photographiques de Christian Boltanski 1946-1964," 24 pp., with 10 black and white plates, 8-1/4 x 5-5/8 inches;

[6] "Recherche et presentation de tout ce qui reste de mon enfance," 16 pp., with 8 black and white plates, 8-5/8 x 6-1/8 inches;

[7] "Inventaire des objets ayant appartenu a une femme des Bois-Colombes" 92 pp., with numerous black and white illustrations, 8-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches;

[8] "Saynetes Comiques" 32 pp., with 22 black and white illustrations, 8-1/4 x 11-5/8 inches.

Two facsimile letters:

[9] "lettre de demande d'aide";

[10] "Lettre aux conservateurs de Musee proposant le projet des inventaires."

Photocopied flyer:

[11] "Christian Boltanski a l'honneuer de vous faire ses offres de service,"

Exhibition invitation:

[12] "Dispersion a l'amiable".

Two black and white photographic cards:

[13] "Christian Boltanski a 5 ans 3 mois de distance";

[14] "Christian Boltanski et ses freres".

Three color postcards:

[15] "Image modèle (La régate), 1975;

[16] "Composition decorative," 1976;

[17] "Affiche," 1974.

Color poster:

[18] "L'Ange d'alliance," 1986.

Highlighting Boltanski's ongoing reconstruction of his identity, this poignant and informative collection is both a self-portrait and a biographical assemblage that speaks to the evasive natures of memory and memorial.