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Gift Guide 01 | Art Books

Curated by Oliver Wood
Gift Guide 01 | Art Books

Dive into rare cultural finds this holiday season in our Gift Guide series. Uncover rare and signed art books that will make your Christmas merrier, including Roy Lichtenstein's 'Dessins sans Bande' and a signed copy of David Hockney's '72 Drawings'. Spice up your festivities with a touch of artistic flair.
Gift Guide 01 | Art Books


1. David HOCKNEY. 72 Drawings by David Hockney. London, Cape, 1979. £250

Signed by the artist.

2. George CONDO. George Condo Collage Paintings, January 30 - March 7, 1998.  New York, PaceWildenstein, 1998. £5,000.00

Presentation copy with an original drawing by Condo. Inscribed by Condo to Hilary Gerrard with an original drawing titled 'War against the tutu': 'for Hillary [sic], / who is [crossed out] here in Rampoldi's / sat alive and well / War against the tutu / love Condo [signed] March 21, 1998'.

Hilary Gerrard was Ringo Starr's manager for over thirty years and was on the board of Apple Corps. Laid in is a press release for a screening of Condo Painting (1998), a film by John McNaughton, at Théâtre des Variétés, Monaco with a note and another original drawing of Hilary Gerrard on the verso.

3. Stan BRAKHAGE. A Moving Picture Giving and Taking Book. West Newbury, Massachusetts, Frontier Press, 1971. £750

Signed by the author. First edition of Stan Brakhage's book on filmmaking for poets and artists, signed by the author in blue ink to the title page.

4. Andy WARHOL. Holy Cats by Andy Warhol’s Mother.  New York,  Privately printed by the artist,  1954. £8,500

Stamped by 'The Estate of Andy Warhol' and 'The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.'

Andy Warhol's mother, Julia Warhola was an artist in her own right and provided the calligraphy to hundreds of her son's album covers, advertisements and book illustrations. In Holy Cats, however, she takes centre stage, providing not only her delicate penmanship but also her charming drawings of cats and angels. Warhola was born in a Ruthenian village at the end of the 19th century and it is clear her style was influenced by the traditional folk art she grew up with.

5. [MEMPHIS]. Memphis La Collection Karl Lagerfeld, Monaco, Dimanche 13 Octobre 1991.  Paris, Sotheby’s, 1991. £250

Catalogue for the sale of Karl Lagerfeld's collection of Memphis furniture and design. In the introduction, he writes, 'It was love at first sight. When I saw the Memphis show in September '81 in Milan, I had just got a big apartment in Monte Carlo and had no idea how to furnish it. I had never lived in a modern building, I wanted it all modern and instantly thought that Memphis would be the Art Deco of the '80s. I was right, the influence was enormous...'

6. Richard H. AXSOM. The Prints of Frank Stella The Prints of Frank Stella: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1967-1987. New York Hudson Hills Press 1983. £375

Signed by Frank Stella. 

7. Richard HAMILTON; Theo CROSBY (editor). This is Tomorrow exhibition catalogue. London, The Whitechapel Art Gallery, 1956. £1,650

One of 1300 copies. Scarce exhibition catalogue for the first group British Pop Art exhibition, with contributions by Richard Hamilton, Eduardo Paolozzi, Victor Pasmore, John McHale, Alison and Peter Smithson, William Turnbull, Sarah Jackson, Mary Martin, Reyner Banham, Erno Goldfinger, Frank Cordell, and Toni del Renzio.

8. Roy LICHTENSTEIN. Dessins sans Bande. Paris, Centre national d’art contemporain, 1975. £1,250

Signed by the artist . Richly illustrated catalogue for Lichtenstein's exhibition Dessins sans bande in the winter of 1975. Inscribed on the cover, 'To Ferdinande | Roy Lichtenstein '75.'

9. HARING, Keith. Keith Haring.  [New York],  Appearances Press, 1981. £2,250

Haring's rare first book. The first printing (with the 1981 date) of Haring's rare first book which introduced all his best known icons including the crawling baby and the barking dog. A fabulous debut by that most quintessential 1980s figure.

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