ONE OF THE MOST CELEBRATED ART
BOOKS OF THE CENTURY:
SIGNED BY JASPER JOHNS AND SAMUEL BECKETT
(JOHNS, JASPER). BECKETT, SAMUEL.
Foirades / Fizzles
SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION, ONE OF ONLY 250 COPIES SIGNED BY JASPER
JOHNS AND SAMUEL BECKETT (from a total edition of 300).
Magnificently illustrated with original prints by Johns including: 26
lift ground aquatints and 5 etchings with mixed media, 1 soft-ground
etching, and one aquatint; plus 2 color lithographs as endpapers.
Printed on handmade wove Auvergne Richard de Bas paper watermarked with
Beckett’s initials and Johns’s signature. Text in both French and
English by Beckett.
“Two of the most enigmatic artists of our time, Samuel Beckett and
Jasper Johns, collaborated on this complex yet elegant artist’s book.
Originally written in French..., the brooding essays were rewritten in
English by Beckett for this project. Nevertheless, Johns decided to
include both texts that expanded his own involvement to thirty-three
etchings and aquatints plus color lithograph endpapers. Johns’s imagery
is based on a major four-panel painting, Untitled (1972), along with his
classic imagery related to numbers and body parts. This cerebral volume
that provokes more questions than it answers is considered one of the
greatest artists’ books of the second half of the twentieth century.” –
Johnson and Stein, Artists’ Books in the Modern Era 1870-2000.
Included in the landmark 1995 Museum of Modern Art exhibit: A Century of
London, Paris, and New York: Éditions de Minuit & Petersburg Press,
1976. Oblong folio (13 x 9 3/4 in.; 330 x 247 mm), publisher’s ivory
wove paper binding with aquatint endpapers, bound in accordion fold
around support leaves; publisher’s beige linen solander box with purple
tassel lined with colored lithograph. Printed at Atelier Crommelynck.
FINE CONDITION. $30,000.