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Artwords & Bookworks collection of artists' books  

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Artwords & Bookworks

Various authors

Los Angeles




A comprehensive artists' book collection in wildly disparate formats, materials, and conception. The collection provides a synoptic view from the pivotal time when the artists' book was reborn and the museum escaped its enclosure. Highlights include an original catalog from the Artwords & Bookworks exhibit, four works by Ed Ruscha (Twentysix Gasoline Stations, Colored People, Prints and Publications, and The Sunset Strip), three works by John Baldessari (Fable, Throwing a Ball Once to Get Three Melodies and Fifteen Chords, and Brutus Killed Caesar), and two works by Johanna Drucker (Chased Press and As No Storm or The Any Port Party. The collection also includes the original exhibit catalog and a 2019 catalog by Barry Singer with color illustrations. Movements represented include mail art, neo-dada, performance art, fluxus, pop art, and many of the minor eddies of the period.

"In early 1978 I was asked to be a  panelist on a symposium dealing with Artist Books along with Jim Hugunin, publisher of the Dumb Ox. This was in conjunction with a show, Artwords and [Bookworks] co-curated by Judith Hoftberg and Joan Hugo at the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, February 28-March 30, 1978. At the time I had a printing company, Grafix Artist Press and was printing the Dumb Ox. Artwords and Bookworks was one of the largest international exhibitions of artists' books and ephemera to take place during the 1970s. The subtitle of the exhibition was: The Museum is the Mailbox. Comprised of experimental works by approximately six hundred contributors the exhibition presented a diverse and provocative sampling of this alternative art form. Many of the books were made specially for this show. The exhibition traveled to Artist's Space, New York, June 10-30: Herron School of Art Indianapolis, September 15-29, 1978 and New Orleans Contemporary Art Center, October-November, 1978. This collection which I purchased in 1978, consists of 129 books personally curated by Judith Hoffberg...I have added to this collection a group of 21 books that display the same experimentation and spirit of freedom in interpreting what a book could/should be. Many of them were printed at Grafix Artist Press." -Barry Singer


  • Artwords & Bookworks. 74 artists' postcards by Richard Prince, Mark Allen Lere, John Baldessari, et al. 1978.
  • Spatola, Adriano. Inch by Inch. Signed. No date.
  • Denes, Agnes. Map Projections. 1979.
  • Denes, Agnes. Sculptures of the Mind. 1976.
  • Faietti, Alberto. Trattato Di Algebra E Geometria Per Insetti. 1974.
  • Ruppersberg, Allen. Greetings from L.A.. No date.
  • Comiter, Alvin. Jokes. 1977.
  • Rosen, Ann. Monolitto Maria. 1977. Signed.
  • Simpson, Sylvia Salazar. Imitations. 1977.
  • Anonymous. Livre des Couples. 1976.
  • Anonymous. Unititled. No Date.
  • Anonymous. This is Not Art. No date.
  • Anonymous. Made in Hong Kong. No date.
  • Concato, Augusto. Subway. 1977.
  • Bates, B. Now it can be told! Hot Dog. 1977.
  • Benes, Barton Lidice. 1986. Signed.
  • Villers, Belgium B. Made in Belgium B. Villers. 1977.
  • Levenstein, Bruce. A Few T-shirts. 1976.
  • Kowal, Cal. Spoons. 1975. Signed.
  • Finlay, Ian Hamilton. The Boy's Alphabet Book. 1976.
  • Horowitz, Channa. And The There Were None. 1978. Signed.
  • Chris Burden. Chris Burden 71-73. 1974.
  • G, Connad. Raising a Family. 1976. Signed.
  • Gieber, Conrad. Chicago Sky Line. 1977.
  • Wieseneck, D. Glass Pages. 1977. Signed.
  • Arnold, David. Chain of Letters. 1976.
  • Higgins, Dick. foewgombwhnw. 1969.
  • Higgins, Edward F. Pyramid Issue. 1978. Signed.
  • Ruscha, Edward. Twentysix Gasoline Stations. 1969.
  • Ruscha, Ed. Colored People. 1972.
  • Ruscha, Ed. Prints and Publications. 1975.
  • Ruscha, Ed. The Sunset Strip. 1966.
  • Marron, Eugene. Caught in the Act. 1948. Signed.
  • McNamara, Eugene. Screens. 1977.
  • Laramée, Eve. The Fake Art Book. 1977.
  • Robini, Gail. Sweet Junk. 1977. Signed.
  • Martin, Gary. No Sardines. Postcard. 1977.
  • Panter, Gary. Okupant X. 1979.
  • Gaulke. Golden Lotus. 1977.
  • Theewen, Gerhard. Windsor. 1977.
  • Graphic Gorrilla. Guga. 1977.
  • De Cointet, Guy. ACR CIT. 1971.
  • Vile. Vile. 1975.
  • Vile. Vile International: Vol. 3, No. 2. 1977.
  • Cavellini, Guglielmo Achille. Cimeli, 1974.
  • Cavellini, Guglielmo Achille. 25 quadri della collezione cavellini. 1976.
  • Cavellini, Guglielmo Achille. Self-Portraits. 1972.
  • Cavellini, Guglielmo Achille. Cavellini in California and in Budapest. 1980.
  • Cavellini, Guglielmo Achille. 1946-1976 in the Jungle of Art. 1976.
  • Cavellini, Guglielmo Achille.Nemo Propheta in Patria. 1978.
  • Gutenberg, Johannes, editor. The Diaries of Guglielmo Achille Cavellini. 1975.
  • Cavellini, Guglielmo Achille. 1914-2014. Signed.
  • Cavellini, Guglielmo Achille. 1914-2014.
  • Anderson, Harry. Fiestaism. 1976.
  • Otavianni, Hidemmi. The Art of Tears: How to be Japanese. 1974.
  • Finlay, Ian Hamilton. Airs Waters Graces. No date. Signed.
  • Tyson, Ian. Before three times three & after three times three. 1970. Signed.
  • Siegal, Irene. 70 Instructions on How to Make Certain Drawings. 1979.
  • Apple, Jacki. Trunk Pieces. 1975.
  • Finnegan, James Patrick. Jim's Guide to San Francisco. 1977.
  • Law, Jeffrey. Book Articulations. 1976.
  • Lyons, Joan. Abby Rogers to her Grand-daughter. 1976.
  • Lyons, Joan. Perspectives 7, Pool of Bethesda, Jerusalem. 1977-78.
  • Drucker, Johanna. Chased Press. 1977.
  • Drucker, Johanna. As no Storm or The Any Port Party. 1975.
  • Baldessari, John. Fable. 1977.
  • Baldessari, John. Throwing a Ball Once to Get Three Melodies and Fifteen Chords. 1973.
  • Baldessari, John. Brutus Killed Caesar. No date.
  • Christie, John. Listen. 1975. Signed.
  • Coplans, John. Self Portrait Finger. 1999.
  • Dreyfus, John. A Londoner's View of Three Los Angeles Printer Friends and Their Works. 1990.
  • Levy, Judy. Telling Time. 1979.
  • Sobel, June. Echos. No date.
  • Wilson, Keith. Paintings and Drawings. No date.
  • Davids, Kenneth. The Softness on the Other Side of the Hole.1968. Signed.
  • Josephson, Kenneth. The Bread Book. 1973.
  • Osborn, Kevin. Shore. No date. Signed.
  • Fletcher, Leland. American Exchange. 1977. Signed.
  • Fletcher, Leland. News in Brief/China Peasants...1979.
  • Krims, Les. Fictcryptocrimsographs. 1975.
  • Resnick, Marcia. See. 1975.
  • Lere, Mark. Heavenly Bodies. No Date. Signed.
  • Edelson, Mary Beth. Woman Rising. Postcard. No date.
  • Fish, Mary. Twenty Eight Days. 1975.
  • Cohen, Matt. Too Bad Galahad. 1972.
  • Buhler, Michael. Five Minutes. 1975.
  • Peel Michael. Alphabet. 1977.
  • Snow, Michael. Cover to Cover. No date.
  • Mandel, Mike. Myself: Timed Exposures. 1971.
  • Mandel, Mike. Baseball Cards. 1975.
  • Mandel, Mike. Seven Never Before Published Portraits of Edward Weston. 1974.
  • Rexroth, Nancy. Iowa. 1977.
  • Colp, Norman B. The Thrice Told Tale (a conceptual artist's flipbook). 1977.
  • Zelevansky, Paul. The Book of Takes. 1976.
  • diCorcia, Philip-Lorca. No date. Signed.
  • Picot, Pierre. Stills. 1973. Signed.
  • Youdelman, Rachel. Water and Power. 1977. Signed.
  • Youdelman, Rachel. Dinner for Eight. 1977.
  • Di Palma, Ray. Marquee. 1979.
  • Di Palma, Ray. Ray Di Palma. 1977. Signed.
  • Di Palma, Ray. Untitled. 1977. Signed.
  • Lopez, Ray. Mandatory Statement. 1977.
  • Oberhand, Robert. The Chili Bowls of Los Angeles. 1977.
  • King, Ronald. Consider a Solid. 1970. Signed.
  • Dunlap, Ronald. Death Hitches a Ride. 1972.
  • Fellman, Sandy. Trick or Treat. 1976. Signed.
  • Morin, Serge. Untitled. No date. Signed.
  • Ueda, Shoji. No date.
  • King, Susan E. Pacific Legends. 1977.
  • Grieger, Susan. Bodies More than 19.476 Combinations.
  • Wick, Susan. Paper Towell Book. No date.
  • Wick, Susan. China. 1977.
  • Wick, Susan. The Get A-Way Dress Recipe. 1979.
  • Lacy, Suzanne. Rape. 1976.
  • Svenningsen, Theodore. F(x). 1977.
  • Ockerse, Thomas. T.O.P. 1970.
  • Ockerse, Thomas. The A-Z Book. 1969.
  • Jackson, Tom. "Good Evening Folks". 1979. Signed.
  • Hammerbeck, Wanda Matthews. Depositions. 1978.
  • Tillyer, William. Thesaurus Grid. 1970.
  • Rowe, Willyum. Fiestaware. No date.
  • Assembling Press. Fifth Assembling. 1974.
  • Beau Geste Press. Teutonic Schmuck. 1975.
  • Beau Geste Press. Japanese Schmuck. 1976.
  • Lapp Princess Press. Unwritten. 1977.
  • Wild Hawthorn Press. The Wild Hawthorn Wonder Book of Boats. No date.
  • Wild Hawthorn Press. Exercise. 1973.
  • Allen Memorial Art Museum. Corresponding Worlds - Artist's Stamps. 1987.
  • Admcadiam. Card Love. 1977.
  • Portland Center for the Visual Arts. John Baldessari. 1978.
  • Weproductions. Clink Scale. No date.

Additional Special Selections

  • Singer, Barry. Singer's Galactic Wonders. 1974. Signed.
  • Thrall, Bart. Work C and B Production. 1976.
  • Thrall, Bart. Spring. 1976.
  • Ford, Gordon Onslow. X is Artists Space.1986.
  • Ford, Gordon Onslow. Insights. 1991.
  • Fisher, Hal. 18th Near Castro St. x 24.
  • Vallance, Jeffrey. Blinky, First Edition. 1979
  • Vallance, Jeffrey. Blinky, 2nd Edition. 1996.
  • Alper, Joshua. anal Airlines. 1978.
  • Thomas, Lew. Pages from a Child's Documentary. 1980.
  • Ward, Lynd. God's Man. 1929. Signed.
  • Heinecken, Robert. 1984 A Case Study in Finding an Appropriate TV Newswoman. 1985.
  • McFarland, Sean. Day Moon Book. 2016.
  • Walker, Todd. For Nothing Changes. 1976.
  • Crawford, Grey. El Mirage. 1978.


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Lot Amendments
Ed Ruscha. Twentysix Gasoline Stations, is a later (third) printing, 1969

Condition varies slightly from very good or better to fine.

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