Friday, July 3, 2015

PARIS Outdoor Fair: San Sulpice Antiquarian Books

After Berlin, back to Paris for two outdoor fairs taking place during the beautiful spring weather. Starting late in the week, the San Sulpice Antiquarian Book Fair and running simultaneously that same weekend, the Bievre photo fair (see next post).

The San Sulpice photo (above) is from last year as I totally spaced out and forgot to take photos. Weather was beautiful, even too warm the first day with the sun reflecting off the white tents making for unseasonal discomfort. Nonetheless, there were great books and ephemera to be found scattered throughout the fair and I'm happy to have come away with three books which I have not owned in many years that I will add to my personal library ... 

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... Quiet Days In Clichy Henry Miller with photographs by Brassai. Paris, Olympia Press, 1958. The first edition, distinctive with the photographs printed in sepia-toned gravure. Miller's tales of prostitutes and poverty while living in the underbelly of place Clichy.

Die Puppe Hans Bellmer. Berlin, Gerhardt Verlag 1962. Bringing together all the photographs originally published in Bellmer's legendary surreal "doll" books, the first published in 1934 and second in 1949. Both books were published with original photographs tipped-in, the second, Jeux de la Puppe with images hand-tinted by Bellmer.

La Famille Quartre Cent Coups Une Historie pour les enfants pour les Parents (s'ils sont sages) Racontee et Illustree de Collages par Claude Roy. A surreal children's book with collaged images by Claude Roy published in 1954 by Paul Dupont. Marvelous devise using red, transparent paper adding and subtracting from the images on the facing pages!

See the next post for Bievre...

Thursday, July 2, 2015

BERLIN Books & Postcards = Friends & Colleagues

Berlin for me is synonymous with art, creativity, a vibrant gallery scene, book stores and lots of street art, graffiti, paste-ups and stencils. First stop: visit Anna and Christian, the amazing, silk-screen printing couple behind Re:Surgo! at their gallery on Tor Strasse. It was great to see them and I'm very pleased they gave me the opportunity to buy some of their out-of-print editions which you will be able to purchase at my stand at the PS1 Art Book Fair in the fall!
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Photos of the gallery ...

Anna and Christian

 First pass of David Sandlin's new book on the drying rack. 
I should have copies for sale at PS1 in September.

A unique experience in all my years in the trade was to become friends with a dealer and his whole family! Such is my enduring relationship with the Krauses. I'm pictured here with Jurgen and his son Florian. Jurgen and his wife Christina have recently retired from the postcard trade, nonetheless when I got to their house, Jurgen wanted to know "... do you want to look at some postcards I set aside for you before we go to dinner?" "Ja...bitte!"

A favorite spot in Berlin is the court yard of the one of the Hackescher Hof buildings in East Berlin (Rosenthaler Strasse) that is completely covered with all types of street art ...

PARIS: Lumiere Exhibition @ The Grand Palais

Back to Paris for a rendezvous with my wife Susan at the marvelous Lumiere exhibition at the Grand Palais. The Lumiere brothers are larger than life contributors to the worlds of the cinema and photography, inventing, amongst other things the cinematographe and the first color photography process, the autochrome plate. The installation, in one of the enormous Grand Palais spaces, is bathed in blue light and very beautifully done. Sadly closed as of mid-June.

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Views of the exhibition space ...

Exhibition vitrines showing camera's and primitive photo
projectors, "magic lanterns"

A circa 1890s hand-painted magic lantern slide

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

VERONA May'15 Collectibles Fair Postcards Stamps

The next stop after a week in Paris was Veronafils, the collectibles fair in the city of Verona in northern Italy, about half way between Venice and Milano. I love this fair for two reasons: the abundance of dealers and the many opportunities to find great material and its Italy and the food is always great! Above, the Arena at the southern end of the city proper, a "coliseum" on a much smaller scale then the Roman version and still in use for concerts, shows and the opera.

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Back at my hotel taking a look at some of the day's discoveries

A glimpse of the huge space housing the 400 stamp, coin, postcard and 
collectibles dealers from Italy and the rest of Europe

The fair itself it not picturesque, but Verona (without the tourists!)
is very beautiful and charming. A few photos ...

Latte machiato + breakfast pastry ...