Vallot Auctioneers sheds light on artists’ books Dec. 13

Dieter Roth, ‘Band 7 bok 3b and 3d,’ 1974, artist’s book. Vallot Auctioneers image

NEWPORT, R.I. – There will be more than 100 uncommon and rare contemporary artists’ books offered in Vallot Auctioneers’ Dec. 13 sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Artists’ books are works of art that utilize the form of a book. What was once an esoteric and little-known form of contemporary art has now grown into a serious collecting field with most contemporary art museums still catching-up.

“The lots span about four decades. Most were small editions and often assembled by the artists and signed or otherwise are unique,” said Michael Dym, Vallot’s auctioneer.

The artists in the sale are some of the most noted names in contemporary art and there are many group lots. “We tried to do our best to put groups together that we thought would interest collectors based on the period or movement the artists belonged to, now the bidders will have to decide if they liked our pairings”, said Dym.

There are several Dieter Roth works including the rare Band 7 bok 3b and 3d from 1974. The book (above) is composed of dye-cut comic books with each page creating its own colorful impression.

Other rare offerings include Barbara Kruger’s Dein Körper ist ein Schlachtfeld (below) and Gerhard Richter’s 128 Details From a Picture, Halifax 1978.

Barbara Kruger, ‘Dein Körper ist ein Schlachtfeld,’ 1990. Vallot Auctioneers image

Several examples of scarce book works and editions by the former Canadian art collective General Idea are also included in the sale, including The Armoury of the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavilion, “which assembles into a three-dimensional model,” Dym pointed out.

General Idea, ‘Miss General Idea Pavillion,’ 1984, artist’s book. Vallot Auctioneers image

The sale will also feature some 19th- and 20th-century prints including a rare 1990s diptych by David Wojnarowicz, which is a rare example of this sought-after international artist’s print work.