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Tacita Dean: Seven Books (Selected Writings, 12.10.02 - 21.12.02, W.G. Sebald, The Russian Ending, Boots, Complete Works and Filmography 1991-2003, and Essays)

Publisher: Göttingen and Paris: Steidl & Partners Publishers and ARC/Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 2003
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Soft cover
ISBN: 3882438703
Condition: Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 112105



First edition thus, first printing. Soft covers. Each volume with photographically illustrated wrappers, all contained in a white paper-covered slipcase with title in gray on front and back. Artist's books, texts, found photographs and films by Tacita Dean. Foreword by Laurence Bossé. Essays by Julia Garimorth, Rita Kersting, Michael Newman and Jean-Luc Nancy. Includes a biography, exhibition history and selected bibliography. Designed by Martyn Ridgewell. 296 pp., with 375 four-color plates. Published on the occasion of the 2003 Tacita Dean exhibition, curated by Julia Garimorth and Anne Dressen, at Musée d'Art Moderne de la ville de Paris. Out of print.


Fine (slipcase shows a few stray surface marks).


From the publisher: "Book One: Selected Writings is an illustrated collection of all the artist's texts written around her films and other projects, from 1992 to 2003. Book Two: 12.10.02--21.12.02 is a reprint of the artist's book made in relation to her show at the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen in October 2002. The title of the book is the exhibition dates, which in turn relate to the discovery and filming of Marcel Broodthaers' studio, his 'Section Cinema', in Düsseldorf and the works that were inspired by this. Book Three: W. G. Sebald is an homage to the German writer who was killed in a car accident in 2001. It takes its starting point from a reference in his book, The Rings of Saturn, which has a direct family connection to the artist. It then weaves a meandering narrative between history and autobiography, England and Germany, and ends up, strangely enough, in Texas. Book Four: The Russian Ending shows a set of twenty photogravures made by the artist in 2001. Using found postcards showing tragedies, she made them into fictional sad endings to films, borrowing from the early days of the Danish Film Industry that necessitated making two endings: a happy one for the American audience and a sad one for the Russians. Book Five: Boots is a soliloquy presented in three languages: English, French and German. Each version is a different fiction of the movement and musings of the character, Boots, in a villa in Portugal. The book has the appearance of a film script, but is in fact a transcription of the action in a film with the same name. Book Six: Complete Works and Filmography, 1991--2003 is a comprehensive illustrated list of all the exhibited films, projects and related works. Book Seven: Essays includes texts by Julia Garimorth, Rita Kersting, Jean-Luc Nancy and Michael Newman with a foreword by Laurence Bossé, Senior Curator at ARC/Museé d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris."