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  • Provenance

    The personal Collection of John Weber (of John Weber Gallery, New York, and former director at Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles and New York, at the time of the books publication)

  • Exhibited

    Another example of this set of books, from the personal collection of Virginia Dwan (founder of Dwan Gallery) was recently gifted to the National Gallery of Art in Washington. It was her own personal collection "a time capsule of the art world from the late 1950s through the 1970s, that museums around the country have been coveting for years."..."The gift consists of works by 52 artists and includes 34 sculptures, 15 paintings, 159 prints and drawings, 39 photographs, 2 films and Carl Andre’s “Seven Books of Poetry.” " Carol Vogel,Virginia Dwan's Big Gift to the National Gallery, The New York Times, September 26, 2013

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1969 Seth Siegelaub and the Dwan Gallery began an edition of 36 sets of Carl Andre's Seven Books. These volumes were intended to be signed and numbered 1-36, however, not all of volumes were actually produced, signed or numbered. Several complete sets were sold to individuals and institutions; others were split up with individual pages or single volumes being distributed by the artist. About ten years later a few more copies were printed from the original “master” set. These “second” copies were intended to make up complete sets in combination with the remaining first copies. In 1996 an effort was initiated to create complete sets from the materials remaining from the original edition of 36. This yielded 12 sets of Seven Books, lettered A-L. These completed volumes were bound, signed and lettered by the artist.
    David Platzker, Specific Object

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Seven Books: Three Operas; A Theory of Poetry; America Drill; Passport; One Hundred Sonnets; Lyrics and Odes; and Shape and Structure

1969-79
Artists' books, comprised of seven vinyl ring binders, with photocopy/xeroxes,
each binder 11 1/2 x 9 3/4 x 1 3/8 in (29.2 x 24.8 x 3.5 cm)
presumably from the proposed but not completed edition of 36 in 1969 (aside from the final lettered edition of 12 compiled in 1996), published by Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles, all in very good condition.

Estimate
$15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $50,000

Contact Specialist
Kelly Troester – Modern Editions
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+ 1 212 940 1221

Cary Leibowitz – Contemporary Editions
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+ 1 212 940 1222

Evening & Day Editions

New York 28 October 2013 10am & 6pm