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In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955

Publisher: Zürich (Zurich): JRP|Ringier, with PPP Editions, New York, 2010
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 9783037640852
Condition: New / New
Item #: 107716



First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Photographically illustrated paper-covered boards, with glassine dust jacket and cardboard slipcase. 440 pp., with four-color and black-and-white plates throughout. 12-1/4 x 8-3/4 inches. This first edition was limited to 2500 copies.


New in publisher's packaging.


Edited by Andrew Roth and Philip Aarons. Essays by Clive Phillpot, Neville Wakefield, Nancy Princenthal and William S. Wilson. Interview with Collier Schorr by Gil Blank. Includes work by numerous artists, including Vito Acconci and Bernadette Mayer, Hans-Peter Feldman, Eleanor Antin, K. Baumgartner, C. Hoeller, J. Schroeder and D. Castro, Terence Koh, Buster Cleveland, Art & Language, Frank Gaard and the Art Police, Futzie Nutzle, Spinny Walker and henry humble, BANK, Ray Johnson, Joe Brainard, Continuous Project, Stephen Willats, Les Levine, Wolf Vostell, Edgardo Antonio Vigo, Adam Dant, Josephine Meckseper, General Idea, George Maciunas, Martha Rosler, Dieter Roth, Bruce LaBruce and G.B. Jones, Barbara Ess, Scott Hug, Daido Moriyama, R. Bertholo, Christo, L. Castro and J. Voss, William Leavitt and Bas Jan Ader, Gilbert and George, Aleksandra Mir, LTTR, Patricia Tavenner, Daniel Spoerri, Maurizio Nannucci, Matt Keegan and S.G. Rafferty, Herman de Vries, Tom Sachs, Uschi Huber and Jorg Paul Janka, Robert Heinecken, Maurizio Cattelan and Paolo Manfrin, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Provoke Group, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Guenter Brus, Wallace Berman, Jacqueline de Jong, Matthias Hermann, Christian Hunt, Scott Treleaven, Roni Horn, Raymond Pettibon, Anna Banana and William Gagilone, Tom Marioni, and Nobuyoshi Araki.

From the publisher: "In Numbers is the first volume to address an overlooked art form that is neither artist's book nor ephemera, but is entirely its own unique entity: the artist's serial publication. Across such groundswell moments as the small press boom of the 1960s, the correspondence art movement of the early 1970s and the DIY zine culture of the 1980s and early 1990s, artists have seized on magazine and postcard formats as forms in themselves. These are not publications that print criticism, manifestos or reproductions of artworks; rather, they are themselves artworks, in large part factured by younger artists operating at the peripheries of mainstream art cultures, or by established artists looking for an alternative to the marketplace.

Dating from 1955 to the present, In Numbers begins with Wallace Berman's Semina and continues through Joe Brainard's C Comics, Situationist Times, Eleanor Antin's 100 Boots, File, Robert Heinecken's modified periodicals, the Japanese group Provoke's magazine, Ian Hamilton Finlay's Poor.Old.Tired.Horse, Fluxus, Art&Language, Raymond Pettibon's Tripping Corpse, Maurizio Cattelan's Permanent Food and contemporary examples such as North Drive Press, LTTR and Continuous Project. (Approximately 60 publications in total are surveyed.) Documenting the history of each publication -- its inception, production, distribution and impact -- together with a fully illustrated bibliography for each title, In Numbers is embellished with essays by Clive Phillpot, Nancy Princenthal, William S. Wilson and Neville Wakefield. An illustrated conversation between Collier Schorr and Gil Blank provides an overview."