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Christian Boltanski: Inventaire des Objets Ayant Appartenu a une Femme de Bois-Colombes

Publisher: Paris: Centre Nationale d'Art Contemporain, Paris (CNAC), 1974
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Soft cover
Condition: Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 112920



First edition, first printing. Soft cover. Printed stiff wrappers; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs and text (in French) by Christian Boltanski. 48 pp., with 307 total illustrations. 8-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches. [Cited in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume II. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2006).] Published on the occasion of the 1974 exhibition at the Centre Nationale d'Art Contemporain, Paris. Out of print. Very scarce.


Fine. A Mint copy.


Christian Boltanski changed everything for a period of time in the 1970s and 1980s. That he continues to contribute meaningfully to the dialogue surrounding accumulation, archives, and loss is somewhat remarkable. His assembled collections, not quite typologies, demonstrate a humility and sensitivity to the suffering of, for instance, Jewish people devastated by the holocaust. He created shrines of remembrance, tacit souvenirs, where in their wake were only numbing statistics. Although Boltanski never really addresses the issue of anti-Semitism directly -- it is always oblique and general in interviews -- his work assumes a collective responsibility for some of history's greatest atrocities.