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John Baldessari: Close-Cropped Tales

Publisher: Buffalo, New York: CEPA Gallery, 1981
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Soft cover
Condition: Near Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 113571



First edition, first printing. Soft cover. Gray printed wrappers; no dust jacket as issued. Artist's book by John Baldessari. Unpaginated (84 pp.), with 35 halftone plates. 8-7/8 x 7 inches. This first edition was limited to 3,000 copies. Published on the occasion of exhbitions at CEPA Gallery and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, both of Buffalo, New York, April-May 1981.

[Cited in Moeglin-Delcroix, Anne: Esthétique du livre d’artiste 1960/1980: Nouvelle édition revue et augmentée (Paris: Bibliothèque Nationale, 2011), p. 320; and Drucker, Johanna: The Century of Artists’ Books p. 223.]


Near Fine (moderate sunning to the spine and previous owner's name stamped on inside front cover)


Polygonally cropped photographs are grouped according to number of sides. The resulting "chapters" thus contain images that are evocative of illustrations, and suggest how just a little photographic information can stand for greater meaning--or not.