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Small quarto. Original stapled yellow pictorial perforated wrappers, green endpapers. Wrappers a little rubbed, sporadic light foxing to contents. An excellent copy. First edition of this exhibition catalogue of the First Papers of Surrealism exhibition, with the wrappers designed by Duchamp. The exhibition was organised by André Breton and "his twine" Marcel Duchamp (Rudi Blesh notes that in French slang, ficelle means both "twine" and "chum" or "buddy"); it was held in New York between 14 October and 7 November 1942. It included paintings and sculptures by more than 30 artists, and featured Duchamp's famous "mile of string" installation, festooning the venue, the Whitelaw Reid Mansion, with a tangled web of twine. The title of the exhibition derived from the application for American citizenship - immigrants had to file a declaration of intention, also called first papers, in which they renounced allegiance to foreign governments; many surrealists like André Breton, Marcel Duchamp and Max Ernst had fled Europe with the outbreak of World War II. Rudi Blesh, Modern Art USA: Men, Rebellion, Conquest, 1900-1956, pp. 200-201. N° de ref. de la librería
Título: First Papers of Surrealism.
Editorial: New York: Coordinating Council of French Relief Societies, Inc., 1942
Descripción Coordinating Council of French Relief Societies, Inc, New York, 1942. Softcover. First Edition; First Printing. Wraps, exhibition catalog with five "bullet holes" in front wrap, light green endpapers, exhibition by Breton and Duchamp (who laced the entire gallery with his miles of twine). Additional texts by Sidney Janis and Robert Allerton Parker. Very good- With slim chips up and down the finish of the spine. An important publication from the exile era for the French Surrealists. ; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall. Nº de ref. de la librería 27339
Descripción Coordinating Council of French Relief Societies, NY, 1942. Soft cover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. 1st Edition. Some chipping and separating at stapled spine, upper left corner title cover with double crease. Internals near fine. Nº de ref. de la librería 010763
Descripción Coordinating Council of French Relief Societies, New York, 1942. Wraps. Estado de conservación: Fine. First edition. 4to. 26.5 by 18.5 cm. Unpaginated, about 50 pages. With yellow wraps designed by Duchamp, on the front, a photo of a moonscape-like yellow and black wall, on the back, a Swiss-cheese-like surface. This was a milestone exhibition put together by the recent French emigres, Duchamp and Breton, their first foray into the New York art scene during the war. The exhibit, which was staged at the Henry Villard and Whitelaw Reid House on Madison Avenue (now forming the front of the Palace Hotel), had illustrious sponsors, including Peggy Guggenheim, Pierre Matisse, Elsa Schaiparelli and Sidney Janis. The exhibit was a sweeping survey of the movement, and included artists who might generally not be thought of as surrealists, and who might never have used the term in regard to themselves, including Edward Lear, Brueghel, for one. Artists include Williarm Steig, Marc Chagall, Picasso, Max Ernst, Leonora Carrington, Giorgio de Chirico, Henri Matisse, Morris Hirshfield, Joan Miro, Kurt Seligmann, Yves Tanguy, Andre Masson, Alexander Calder, Robert Motherwell, etc. From this list, one can see how truly international was the artists represented, as well as how the exhibit reached both back and forward in its outlook. The images of artwork shown in the catalogue are black and white and no more than serviceable representations, but they do capture the fun and revelatory nature of the exhibit extraordinarily well -- this was an exciting exhibit that undoubtedly sparking real thought about the movement. The catalogue was also a wonderful fillip at the devastation unleashed in Europe, or an affirmation that the art world wasn't going to roll over as the tanks rolled into and temporarily vanquished France. This is a very clean copy. Slight rust on the staples used to bind the catalogue, and the center sheet has become loose from the staples. Otherwise, fine. Nº de ref. de la librería 004613
Descripción Coordinating council of french relief societies, 1942. couverture souple. - Coordinating council of french relief societies, New-York 1942, 18,5x26,5cm, agrafé. - Edition originale de cette plaquette d'exposition s'étant tenue à New York du 14 Octobre au 7 Novembre 1942. Célèbre couverture comportant cinq trous de balle conçue par Marcel Duchamp. Iconographie. Tampon imprimé en tête d'une garde blanche en guise d'ex-libris. Une petite éraflure sans gravité en tête du dos, agréable et rare exemplaire. [AUTOMATIC ENGLISH TRANSLATION FOLLOWS] First edition of this poster for an exhibition held in New York from 14th October to 7th November 1942. A famous cover with five bullet holes, designed by Marcel Duchamp. Illustrated. Ex libris inkstamp to head of one blank endpaper. Small insignificant scratch to head of spine, a good and rare copy. Nº de ref. de la librería 53180