books and publications

1970

no image available

change. an essay
ed. by the author : arnhem 1970
(12 × 12 cm)
edition 33
[les livres et les publications 11]


texts and contributions

'freie chance', in flyer for exhibition in galerie m, Bochum (ill.).

[no title], in publication Exempla / Documents of Concrete and Visual Poetry = Documenti di poesia concreta e visuale / edited by Maurizio Nannucci (Exempla Edizioni : Firenze 1970) and in a different format in the catalogue Per una collocazione della poesia concreta e visuale (Galleria Peccolo : Livorno 1973).

'vrije kansen', in Bonies, Dekkers, De Vries ; Plus-Kern exhibitions October 27-December 5 in co-operation with Galerie Swart, Amsterdam. Plusnieuws 9 (Plus-Kern : Gent 1970) [6-7]. Reprinted in exhibition catalogue Herman de Vries : collages, tekeningen (Utrechtse Kring : Utrecht 1971) 1-2.

1971

1971-12-00-1940

[ [v71-194s] random structured semiotic fields]
ed. by the author : mahé 1971
20 p. (19.5 × 18.3 cm)
edition 150 copies, numbered
[les livres et les publications 12]

1971-00-00-1000

vlakvolumen
collection "20 x 20", nr. 14
edizioni amodulo : villanuova sul clisi 1971
16 p. (20 × 20 cm)
edition 1000 copies (100 with collage and numbered)
[les livres et les publications 13]

also published in il libro 1968-71 / texts by sarenco & de vree (edizioni amodulo : villanuova sul clisi 1972).

no image available

[v71-124] chance for change
multi-art press : antwerpen 1971
32 p. (30 × 30 cm)
edition 125, numbered and signed
[les livres et les publications 14]


texts and contributions

[no title], in exhibition catalogue Sammlung Cremer (Heidelberger Kunstverein : Heidelberg 1971) 182-184. The first part of the text ein biogra[p]hie ... was published in futura n° 23 (Edition Hansjörg Mayer : Stuttgart 1967).

'"integratie-anticipatie"'. Fragments from a lecture for the Plus-Meeting, Museum van schone kunsten Gent, 12.4.67, in Plus-Nieuws n° 9 (Ghent 1971) [5-6 and 8].

[no title], in flyer for exhibition 'herman de vries' (Galerie Ursula Lichter : Frankfurt am Main 1971).

1972

1972-03-11-026a

semantic chance semantic change - change of semantics semantics of change chance of semantics semantics of chance [V72-26]
for the artist: eschenau 1972
12 p. + title page (44 × 44 cm)
edition 1 copy
[les livres et les publications 15]

no image available

relativ leere blätter [= relative empty sheets]
editions le cadre, helmut dudé : olten 1972
portfolio containing V71-62 a-f (blätter) + V71-67 (object) (35 × 45 cm)
edition 35, numbered and signed
[les livres et les publications 16]

cover random objectivations, 1972

random objectivations
collection autori, 1
edizioni amodulo : villanuova sul clisi 1972
222 p. (24 × 27 cm)
edition 1000 copies
[les livres et les publications 17]

cover on language, 1972

- on language - logical sentences, semantic structure fields, open semantic fields, semantic perspectiv[e]s, semantic sign, argumentstellen, semiotic structure fields, samples, tautologies, e.o.
subverse 8. tijdschrift voor een nieuwe powezie / ed. by hans clavin
ijmuiden, augustus 1972
46 p. (29.7 × 21 cm)
edition 600 copies, numbered
[les livres et les publications 18]


texts and contributions

'[non voglio essere incassellato fra i costruttivisti ...]', in exhibition catalogue Programmi sistematici. Schriftenreihe Mostra/Galleria Milano 74 (Galleria Milano : Milano, 1972) [4].

'eine offene sprache für eine offene philosophie', in '- on language -', published in subverse 8. tijdschrift voor een nieuwe powezie (ijmuiden, augustus 1972) 2. Reprinted with addtional translations in English and Dutch in herman de vries : vijf manifesten over taal - en een gedicht = fünf manifeste über sprache - und ein gedicht ... (artists press : bern 1975) [also available as recorded text].

'geturfd vel / scored paper', in AH (tijdschrift voor verbaal-plasticisme / review for verbal-plasticism) n° 9 'kinesic poetry' (Utrecht 1972). This issue consists of a collection of loose leaves in a cover. The contribution of herman de vries is a reproduction of a drawing, signed 'her 1961'.

'random objectivation', in revue integration. review for a new conception in art and culture / revue voor een nieuwe konseptie ... n° 13/14 (eschenau 1972) [578-579].

'random-dot-multiplicator-graphics v72/21-23', in revue integration. review for a new conception in art and culture / revue voor een nieuwe konseptie ... n° 13/14 (eschenau 1972) [599-606].

'semanties perpspektief', in revue integration. review for a new conception in art and culture / revue voor een nieuwe konseptie ... n° 13/14 (eschenau 1972) [657].

1973

cover chance fields, 1973

chance-fields, an essay on the topology of randomness = chance-felder, ein essay über die topologie des zufalls / [postface by wolf wezel]
edition e : dinkelscherben 1973
70 p. (23.7 × 24 cm)
edition 1000 (50 signed; 10 signed and an added)
[les livres et les publications 19]

from these years of transition, chance-fields chance-felder draws the final conclusion. it represents a turning point, to which herman de vries attaches the greatest importance. [herman de vries writes in english: "the results of this research still makes me wondering after all these years." (p. 16 of an unpublished manuscript dedicated to the books that have been the most important to him)] the book holds a selection of abstract drawings accomponied by mathematical formulae that allowed a choice between a great number of other possibilities. but herman de vries writes: "in fact, it is more an essay on the endlessness of chance. the numbers that are calculated for the amount of possibilities in these pages are overastronomic." [herman de vries in a letter to the author, november 7, 1996] the very expression of 'chance-fields' originates from contemporary physics and it expresses a new concept of causality. the relation between cause and effect is no longer understood as linear, irreversible and simple, but is characterized by reciprocity (feed-back), reversibility and complexity. by bringing into question the so-called intangible principles of classical physics and metaphysics (principle of contradiction and principle of causality) the most recent science seems to acknowledge the intuitions of buddhist thought which favours a non-dualistic, non-binary unfixed understanding of nature with its infinite manifoldness and constant movement.
[source Anne Moeglin-Delcroix, 'beyond language', in herman de vries. les livres & les publications (saint-yrieix-la-perche 2005) 35]

1973-00-00-1000s

look out of any window : chance & change situations
[text by herman de vries]
iac edition 35
international artist's cooperation (ed. Klaus Groh) : friedrichsfehn 1973 [reprinted in 2004]
16 p. (10.5 × 7.5 cm)
edition 80 copies, numbered
[les livres et les publications 20]


texts and contributions

statement (my poetry is the world)', written in 1972 and published in exhibition catalogue Kijkijk 73. Expositie van Nederlandse visuele poezie (Galerie De Vaart : Hilversum 1973) [also available as recorded text].

'look out of any window', in look out of any window : chance & change situations. iac edition 35 (international artist's cooperation (ed. Klaus Groh) : friedrichsfehn 1973). The text is partly by the Grateful Dead. Reprinted in to be (Stuttgart 1995) 87.

[letter] 'eschenau 10.9.72', in exhibition catalogue Sammlung Cremer. Europäische Avantgarde 1950 bis 1970 (Kunsthalle Tübingen : Tübingen 1973) 201.

1974

cover wittgenstein papers I, 1974

the wittgenstein papers I & II
verlag artists press : bern 1974
16 p. (15 × 15 cm)
edition 25 copies, numbered
[les livres et les publications 21]

the wittgenstein papers I & II appeared in 1974. it consists of two square booklets with an identical number of pages. in the first, five propositions from tractatus, famous as well as dogmatic, are turned into questions, from "does the world divide into facts?" which echoes proposition 1.2: "The world divides into facts" to "what is the case?" echoing proposition 1: "the world is all that is the case". the questions, handwritten in red ink, only one per page, are followed by a page of text, also handwritten, in blue ink, and borrowed from the last lines of wittgenstein's preface to tractatus, in which the philosopher evaluates the contribution of his book. after having declared that he considers the truth of his propositions to be definitive and that he believes "to have found, on all essential points, the final solution of the problems", he then corrects this apparent assurance by adding that "the second thing in which the value of this work consists is that it shows how little is achieved when these problems are solved". as he wrote a little earlier in the text that it is "the aim of the book is to draw a limit to thought, or rather - not to thought, but to the expression of thoughts", its main result thus amounts to underlining the limits of language. this is confirmed by the last two propositions of tractatus, in which wittgenstein recommends transcending the propositions of his book in order to "see the world aright", before he concludes: "what we cannot speak about we must past over in silence".
[source Anne Moeglin-Delcroix, 'beyond language', in herman de vries. les livres & les publications (saint-yrieix-la-perche 2005) 38]

1974-00-00-1120

gesammelte matritzendrucke 1964-1972
verlag artists press : bern 1974
40 p. (29.7 × 21 cm)
edition 100 copies, numbered and signed
[les livres et les publications 22]

1974-01-00-0120

chance & change situations [V74-12]
ed. by the author : eschenau 1974
11 pl. (22 × 30.9 cm)
edition 5 copies, numbered and signed
[les livres et les publications 23]

1974-00-00-0810

to be
verlag artists press : bern 1974
printed on rice paper at the sangram press, kathmandu
1 postcard (10 × 14.6 cm)
edition 200 copies
[les livres et les publications 24]

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random spectral movements
galerie swart : amsterdam 1974
9 fol. (20 × 20 cm)
edition 7 copies, numbered and signed
[les livres et les publications 25]

noise
temporary travelling press publications 1
[les livres et les publications 26]

to be all ways to be
temporary travelling press publications 2
[les livres et les publications 27]


texts and contributions

'[in de trein van arnhem naar frankfurt ...]', in journal of the exhibition herman de vries. toevallige lijn- en punt raster strukturen / random line- and dot grid structures (Galerie Swart : Amsterdam 1974) 2 (ill.). Reprinted in exhibition catalogue De volle maan 22 - Engelse en Nederlandse rationele tekeningen (De volle maan : Utrecht 1976) [46] and in herman de vries. toevalstekeningen = random objectivations (Kröller Müller Museum : Otterlo 2015) 7; the German translation 'im zug von arnheim nach frankfurt ...]' is published in Nothpforten-Str. Zeitschrift für zeitgenössische Kunst (1974) 2.3.4. and in to be (Stuttgart 1995) 72-73, the English in herman de vries. toevalstekeningen = random objectivations (Kröller Müller Museum : Otterlo 2015) 7 and a Spanish translation in herman de vries. chance &change / Kristine Guzmán (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León : Léon 2017) 91.

'eschenau 10.4.74', in exhibition catalogue Informele kunst (Kunsthistorisch Instituut : Amsterdam 1974) 20-21.

'manzoni', in exhibition catalogue Piero Manzoni (Studio Brescia : Brescia 1974) 2. Reprinted in to be : texte - textarbeiten - textbilder (Stuttgart 1995) 90.

1975

cover five poems, 1975

vijf manifesten over taal – en een gedicht = fünf manifeste über sprache – und ein gedicht = five language manifests – and a poem
verlag artists press : bern 1975
30 p. (29,7 × 21 cm)
edition 185 copies, numbered + special edition, numbered I-XV
[les livres et les publications 29a and 29b ]

five language manifests - and a poem, appears to take on a sequence in the same genre [as on language (1972)] - CS], short texts on language in chronological order, followed by two blank pages. but this time the dried grass is taped to the last page. in truth, it is more of a supplementary page since it is in no way presented in the summary. it is the title of the book that identifies it and presents it as an addition: "- and a poem". what does this mean? a manifest reappears in this collection, first published in 1973, entitled my poetry is the world. it is the artist's most important manifest, contemplated since 1971. it is his definitive manifest, recapitulative, the one that henceforth would inspire his future work and be taken up in different ways. it says that it is not the poet who writes poetry but the world; that the poet is a poet not because he writes in a specific way, but because he is part of the world; that such poetry is therefore not limited to writing, that it is seen, read, eaten and even slept, "every day"; in short, that poetry is life itself. consequently, an element taken from nature, such as the grass in this collection, is an extract of the poetic work of the world, and hence a natural "poem" , a living poem. in the postscript we read: "'poem' is only a word, but the grass is, as all from which it is part of".
[source Anne Moeglin-Delcroix, 'beyond language', in herman de vries. les livres & les publications : catalogue raisonné (centre des livres d'artistes/pays-paysage : saint-yrieix-la-perche 2005) 36]

cover asiatische und eschenauer texte, 1975 - photo Lydia Megert Editions/Bern

asiatische & eschenauer texte
verlag artists press : bern 1975
16 fol. (65 × 45 × 0.7 cm)
edition 50 copies, some pages signed, numbered and dated
cardboard portfolio with 16 separate pages in different sizes and 1 page with table of contents; printed texts, handwritten texts, collages of leaves, paint over newspapers, a serie of colour photographs, etc.
[les livres et les publications 30]

cover random shapes, 1975

"random shapes" v72–64, a-j
stedelijk museum : amsterdam 1975
1 fol. (folded) and an envelop containing 10 paper rectangles of different sizes (27 × 19.5 cm)
edition unknown
[les livres et les publications 31]

square grid complexities, 1974-1975

square grid complexities
edition média : neuchâtel 1975
1 + 5 pl. (69 × 69 cm)
edition 60 copies, numbered and signed
[les livres et les publications 32]

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chance & change - documents comparative communication I-II
s.g. productions : frankfurt am main 1975
varying formats
edition 1 copy
[les livres et les publications 33]

eschenauer blätter, 1975 - photo Lydia Megert Editions/Bern

eschenauer blätter
s.g. productions : frankfurt am main 1975
4 cardboards sheets (60 × 75 cm)
edition 5 copies, signed and numbered
cover page handwritten by the artist and 3 cardboards with original collages of leaves (beech and plum tree) each with a title in dutch ('about the topography of random' - 'poem' - 'a half an hour under my plum tree'); collected and pressed by herman de vries
[les livres et les publications 34]

about the flood, 1975

about the flood I-II-III
ed. by the author : vientianne 1975
1 postcard (9 × 14.6 cm)
edition 5 copies
[les livres et les publications 35]


texts and contributions

'een vruchtbare wandeling = eine fruchtbare wanderung', in herman de vries, asiatische & eschenauer texte (artists press : bern 1975). Reprinted in to be : texte - textarbeiten - textbilder (Stuttgart 1995) 80 [also available as recorded text].

'die entscheidungen des dichters herman de vries', in Anthology visuele poëzie : 133 dichters uit 25 landen. Visual poetry anthology : 133 poets from 25 countries / samengesteld door G.J. de Rook (Bert Bakker : Den Haag 1975) 210-212.

'was der zufall ist, das weiss ich nicht', in foldout 3 Konzepte aus Holland : Dekkers, Hilgemann, de vries (Galerie Seebacher : Bludenz-Nüziders 1975).

'eschenau 10.9.74', in catalogue Symposium Gorinchem 1974 (Kunstcentrum Badhuis : Gorinchem 1975) 67.

'the courtyard : standpoint space', in Museumjournaal 50, n° 1 (1975) 16-17.

'a random sample of my visual chances in pokhara, 28.11.1974', in Museumjournaal 50, n° 1 (1975) 18-19.

'the wittgenstein papers - fragmentarische argumente von herman de vries', in Transit : taal beeld taal n° 1 (Stichting Brummense Uitgeverij : Beuningen 1975) 24-28. Reprinted in exhibition catalogue herman de vries. werken 1954-1980 (Groninger Museum : Groningen 1980) 178-182 and in article Urs and Rös Graf, 'The Wittgenstein-Papers van Herman de Vries', in Museumjournaal. Tweemaandelijkse publikatie voor moderne kunst van 30 Nederlandse musea en kulturele centra 25, Nr. 6 (1980) 238-240 (ill.).

1976

1976-00-00-071a

niggenkopf - serie
verlag artists press : bern 1976
9 pl. (21 × 26 cm)
edition 25 copies, numbered and signed
[les livres et les publications 28]

catalogue incomplete, 1976 - photo Johan Deumens Gallery/Amsterdam

catalogue incomplète d’exposition complète de luang-prabang
a random sample of my visual chances, 18-1-1975
1st edition:
verlag artists press : bern 1976
36 pl. (14.7 × 21 cm)
edition 25 copies, numbered (only 8 realised)
[les livres et les publications 36]

2nd edition:
edition lydia megert : bern 1992
36 pl. (14.7 × 21 cm)
edition 25 copies, numbered 26-50

anzeiger with 'my poetry is the world', 1976 - photo Lydia Megert Editions/Bern

meine poesie ist die welt
galerie lydia megert : bern 1976
advertisement in the Anzeiger für die Stadt Bern n° 106, Friday 7th May 1976, p. II / 19
advertisement 11.5 × 11.3 cm; journal 49.5 × 33 cm
edition 77641 copies, 33 numbered and signed
[les livres et les publications 37]

some aerly change prjects, 1976 - photo Lydia Megert Editions/Bern

some early change projects = einige frühe änderungs projekte 1963-1967
edition lydia megert : bern 1976
7 series with a total of 34 white collages (23 × 18 cm)
edition 33 copies, numbered and signed + 4
[les livres et les publications 38]

1 dm² uit "16 dm²" – een essay, 1976

1 dm² uit "16 dm²" – een essay
magazijn publikatie n° 1 septembre 1976
[galerie magazijn] : groningen 1976
31 fol. (29.7 × 21 cm)
edition 40 copies, numbered and signed + 10, numbered i-x
[les livres et les publications 39]

Ο
the eschenau summer press publications 5
[les livres et les publications 40]


texts and contributions

'- a line -', in the English edition of Museumjournaal n° 6 (1976) 239.

'two different chance &change situations, following simular chance-channels and situated on similar but locally different chance fields. v73-250/251', in the English edition of Museumjournaal n° 6 (1976) 248-249. Reprinted in catalogue Copier/Recopier. Anthologie photographique (Galerie & Edition Gaëtan : Carouge 1977).

'a random sample of my visual chances in luang prabang (laos) at 18.1.1975', in the English edition of Museumjournaal n° 6 (1976) 250-251.

[stamps], in Stempelkunst = Stamp Art / samengesteld door = edited by G.J. de Rook. 2de druk = 2nd edition (exp/press : Utrecht [1976]) unpaged [contribution of herman de vries on the last page].

'translations - an essay on language and reality by herman de vries', in Transit 3. Translation transformation (Stichting Brummense Uitgeverij van Luxe Werkjes : Beuningen 1976) 29-33 (ill.).

'"winiarski, games" [inleiding bij de tentoonstelling in kunstcentrum badhuis 24.4.1976]', in De Lingestreek 28 April 1976; reprinted in exhibition catalogue herman de vries. werken 1954-1980 (Groninger Museum : Groningen 1980) 187 and translated in German in to be : texte - textarbeiten - textbilder (Stuttgart 1995) 95-97.

1977

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collected august 1977
verlag artists press : bern 1977
8 pl. + 1 p. (55.7 × 37.5 × 4.6 cm)
edition 11 copies, numbered and signed
[les livres et les publications 41]

no image available

[no-name or no name]
verlag artists press : bern 1977
1 pl. (51 × 33 cm)
plant specimen on paper, printed text, cardboard cover
edition 50 copies, numbered, signed
[les livres et les publications 42]

am 27 oktober 1977 im glasgraben gesammelte blätter

am 27 oktober 1977 im glasgraben gesammelte blätter
edition lydia megert : bern 1977
4 pl. (40 × 60 cm)
edition 17 copies, numbered, signed and dated in pencil
portfolio containing four collages of leaves ('leaves collected on 27 of october in the glasgraben')
[les livres et les publications 43]

october, february, june
the eschenau summer press publications 8
[les livres et les publications 44]

the dust of some roads & a leaf from a tree
the eschenau summer press publications 9
[les livres et les publications 45]

LP water, 1977

water. the music of sound 1
Artists Press Bern, 1977
LP (33⅓)
edition 100 copies, numbered and signed
[les livres et les publications 46]


texts and contributions

[no title], in Weerberichten (Poëziehuis : Duiven 1977).

[no title], in 7 x '77 - zeven sistematici voor 1977 (Editie Multi Art Points : Amsterdam 1977).

[no title], in Kunst per post - Mail Art (Gerrit Jan de Rook : Utrecht 1977) 16,[22].

1978

1978-03-00-080a

research series XXVI
Éditions Média : Neuchâtel 1978
9 screenprints, 6 in black and white and 3 in colour & 1 front page and 2 pages with a text by herman de vries, in a white envelope (24 × 24 cm)
edition 50 copies, numbered and signed on the back
[les livres et les publications 47]

no image available

[fernbook] collected: vallée du doubs, jura. 29 10 1978
ed. by the author : eschenau 1978
16 sheets (61 × 30 × 4.4 cm)
edition 1 copy
[les livres et les publications 48]

no image available

postal messages
[les livres et les publications 49]


texts and contributions

'this communication is actually no communication, therefore we call it communication', in B n° 10 (Schönholzerswilen 1978) 16-17.

'"bilder als bilder" 1971-1972', in exhibition catalogue Poesia e prosa delle avanguardie. Esperienze di una rivista: Lotta Poetica 1971-1975 ; comune di Verona, Museo di Castelvecchio, 20 febbraio - 20 marzo 78. Factotumboek 1 (edizioni factotum art : Calaone-Baone 1978) (ill.).

[no title], in exhibition catalogue Woran merken Sie, daß Sie in der Bundesrepublik in einer Demokratie leben? / Michael Fehr, Bernhard Sandfort (Museum Bochum : Bochum 1978) [38].

[no title], in Reaktion n° 4 (Verlag Leaman : Düsseldorf 1978) 4 fol. [4 dried leaves].

1979

"16 dm²" – een essay
edition lydia megert : bern 1979
493 pages (29.7 × 21 × 6,5 cm)
edition 50 copies, signed and numbered
title and imprint handwritten by herman de vries; 2 pages with original colour photographs, 473 pages of photocopies, 1 map in heliography
[les livres et les publications 50]

collected in time - I & II, 1979 - photo Lydia Megert Editions/Bern

collected in time - I & II
published by herman de vries : eschenau 1979
4 + 4 fol. (56 × 22.3 cm)
edition 4 copies, numbered, signed and dated
2 gray cardboard envelopes with a little label, each with 4 sheets with original collages of plants, one with a set of ferns, one with a set of hors tails; in cardboard slip case
[les livres et les publications 51]

no image available

ferns collected between sangha chölling and pemaiantse 19.2.1979
ed. by the artist : eschenau 1979
44 p. (60 × 46.5 cm)
edition 1 copy
[les livres et les publications 52]

het effekt van de hagelstorm van einde juli op onze appelboom

"16 dm² – een essay" / "het effekt van de hagelstorm van einde juli op onze appelboom. collected 11 8 1978, eschenau"
De Vleeshal : Middelburg 1979
42 p. (21 × 14.7 cm)
edition unknown
[les livres et les publications 53]


texts and contributions

'life moments, kathmandu', in Mèla postcard book. A collection of artists' postcards = Una raccolta di cartoline d'artista / edited by Maurizio. First publication in a series of special editions published between each issue of the magazine Mèla, edited by Biancoenero Edizioni d'Arte, Florence 1979.

'16 dm²', in folder herman de vries - 16 dm² (Edition Lydia Megert : Bern 1979).

bibliographic references

cover les livres et les publications
herman de vries
les livres et les publications. catalogue raisonné

textes de herman de vries, Anne Moeglin-Delcroix, Didier Mathieu
centre des livres d'artistes
Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche 2005

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