wit

executed: 1962
classification: works on paper
object/work type: artist's book
technique/material: 200 empty pages except page [5] indicating title, author, publisher and impressum
dimensions: 21.5 × 20.0 cm
signature and inscriptions: []
edition: 5 copies, numbered, signed in white
descriptive notes: published by m.j. israel : Arnhem 1962, printed by d.a. gubbels
current location:
collecting history:
comment: this blank book appeared in several versions. In a letter to Anne Moeglin-Delcroix of January 16, 1997, herman de vries describes them: "i liked simply the idea of expressing 'white' as it was and make an almost empty publication, but not empty of content. later i made the book wit [= white], in 1962, in 5 copies, from which only one was for sale. [...] the book hansjörg mayer published had another format and was printed in 1967 (500 copies). another (third) edition came out in bern (artists press, [1980]); indicated as an edition of 5000 but obnly 100 were made. it is a 'revised edition', as there is no text anymore in the book or at the outside. the text is here only on abanderole [i.e. wrapper], so if you take away the banderole, the book is empty, no title, no (empty) introduction, anonym." In 2012 and 2014 more white books were published.
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rights & reproduction: herman de vries
published references
catalogue raisonné herman de vries. les livres et les publications: catalogue raisonné (centre des livres d'artistes : Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche 2005) image repr. on page 98, catalogue number 4.