Book: Good. DJ: Good. 4to. 239 pp. 8 3/4 x 11 3/8. Black cloth covered boards, stamped in white on spine. White matte dj, minor edgewear, one inch tear at head. Bent corner, red star stamped on fore-edge. No other markings noted.
Very Good. Dust Jacket Included. CELANT, GERMANO. Course of the Knife. (Trans. by Meg Shore, Ed. by David Frankel). Electa, (1986). 200 pp. approx., softcover, very many illus., bound in wraps w/ v.g. d.j., OP.
Fair in fair dust jacket. Highlighting/underlining. Highlighting to a few pages; first half of text block has faint dampstain to lower corner. Dust jacket is very rubbed and edgeworn, with numerous small tears and one tape repair.
Lavish book documenting the performance collaboration between Oldenburg, Van Bruggen and Gehry that was elaborate and complex and was finally performed in Venice. The book is illustrated in full color and black and white of sketches, drawings, photographs, costumes along with detailed text on the making and the final production. Fine/fine. Laid in is a folded sheet for a series of his films that were held at The Whitney Museum.
Near Fine in Very Good Plus dj. Paper Wrappers. SIGNED BY OLDENBURG AND VAN BRUGGENTon title page. This book offers insight into Oldenburg's comic, but intriguing work with its inclusion of color sketches and plans. Color photographs documenting final preformance piece are also included. This piece features a gigantic reproduction of a pocket knife which is rowed down a river. Very clean white paper wrappers with very minor wear to edges and spine ends. A crease runs the length of spine. Pristine interior with bright text. Tight binding. Full color illustrated dj is very clean with minor wear to edges. Slight indentation in dj near top right corner. Slight wave to dj. A nice copy. ART/011405.
Fine in very good jacket. Paperbound quarto in dustwrapper. 239 pp. Includes texts in English by Germano Celant, Coosje van Bruggen with studies by Frank O. Gehry and artwork by Oldenburg. A fine copy in bound white unprinted wrappers in very good illustrated dustwrapper with some edgewear. This copy has been briefly INSCRIBED by van Bruggen and SIGNED by Oldenburg who has added a small "cat" drawing next to his name.
Publishers Weekly, 1987-05-29 A 78-foot ship in the form of a Swiss army knife plies a canal in Venice, its blades unfurled; Lord Styrofoam and Georgia Sandbag embark on a romantic gondola voyage, while cream-of-cork soup is served at a bohemian cafe, and a lion statue sings from Verdi's Otello. These strange goings-on took place at a performance/art spectacle concocted by Oldenburg with California architect Gehry and writer van Bruggen. The Knife, which made its maiden voyage in Venice in 1985, was reconstructed for an exhibition at New York's Guggenheim Museum. Celant, who produced the event, describes it as a ``mysterious and magical world'' full of mythic and ritualistic associations, but readers will decide whether Oldenburg et al. ``redeem the banal'' or perpetuate it. From rehearsals to characters crashing into one another, the book captures the whole shebang. (July 10)
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