5 December 2006
BECKETT, Samuel. Fizzles (Foirades). New York and London: Petersburg Press, 1976.
2o. 33 ETCHINGS AND AQUATINTS BY JASPER JOHNS. Original wrappers; publisher's cloth folding case with linings by Johns.
"AN EXTRAORDINARY BOOK ABOUT ART AND LIFE, AND THE POSSIBILITIES OR IMPOSSIBILITIES FOR MEANING" (Judith Goldman, Foirades/Fizzles: The Whitney Museum of American Art)
LIMITED EDITION, number 59 of 250 copies signed by Beckett and Johns. "Foirades/Fizzles by Samuel Beckett was Jasper Johns's first attempt at matching his images with a text in a book" (Castleman, p.65). "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" (Artists' Books in the Modern Era 1870-2000, The Reva and David Logan Collection of Illustrated Books, pp.254-5). Books as Art 62; Castleman, A Century of Artists Books 214; Phillips/Zwicker, Grolier/American Livre de Peintre 23.
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