End Moments

N.p. Dan Graham, 1969. First Edition. Noted as copy No. 9 in manuscript ink on the copyright page (the recto of the first leaf). Rare.

Claiming no involvement in any movement, and disavowing his own status as an artist, Dan Graham's work as a writer, photographer, architect, sculptor, filmmaker, and performance artist is both largely unclassifiable and enormously influential to contemporary art, particularly to the development of Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Earthworks, and video art. In 1969, Graham, a former dealer and aspiring critic, assembled five key pieces of writing, conceptual text pieces, and ancillary texts, in his self-published book, "End Moments," found here. The five principal sections are: "Dean Martin / Entertainment as Satire," originally written in 1967 and edited by Richard Goldstein for publication in Us magazine in 1969. "Subject Matter," which evolved from an essay for an exhibition of "ecological art" at the John Gibson Gallery, and was published in Artforum in 1969. "Photographs of Motion," which evolved from notes for a lecture given at colleges from 1967-1969, a portion of which was published in Arts magazine in 1967. "Information," previously published in a heavily edited version as "Book as Object" in Arts magazine in 1967. And "Two Structure / Sol LeWitt," first written in 1967, and re-written in 1969. A requisite document of Conceptual Art and Minimalism of the late 1960s.

Near Fine in card wrappers with silver prong binding.

[Book #153651]