Language as Art and Temporary Monuments after Rosemary Mayer

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  • Art-Rite        Art-Rite, Walter Robinson, Edit DeAk and Joshua Cohn        Periodicals / Out of Print Periodicals        $35.00
  • 0 to 9         Vito Acconci, Bernadette Mayer, Gertrude Stein and Aram Saroyan        Books / Artists’ Writings        $800.00
  • 0 to 9        John Giorno, Bernadette Mayer, Vito Acconci, Aram Saroyan, Clark Coolidge, Ron Padgett and Ted Berrigan        Periodicals / Artists’ Books        $1,000.00
  • Coffee Coffee        Aram Saroyan        Books / Artists’ Books        $1,000.00
  • STRATA : Alan Sondheim        Alan Sondheim        Books / Catalogs        $100.00
  • Piano Sonata #2 (Graphis 192)        Dick Higgins                $50.00
  • Telephone        Maureen Owen, Peter Schjeldahl, Anne Waldman, George Schneemann and Larry Fagin        Out of Print / Out of Print Periodicals        $175.00
  • Pulse (for my mother)        Vito Acconci        Books        $750.00
  • WhiteWalls : A Magazine of Writings by Artists        Buzz Spector and Reagan Upshaw and WhiteWalls        Periodicals / Out of Print Periodicals        $75.00
  • Tracks : A Journal of Artists’ Writings        Herbert George        Periodicals / Out of Print Periodicals        $30.00
  • More I Remember        Joe Brainard        Books / Artists’ Books        $125.00
  • The Milk of Amnesia        Leandro Katz        Books        $90.00
  • Soft Need #17 (Brion Gysin special)        Brion Gysin        Books / Out of Print Books        $150.00
  • Big Deal        Barbara Baracks        Periodicals / Out of Print Periodicals        $95.00
  • Postcards 1968 - 1982        Richard Long        Books        $90.00
  • Spanish Stones        Richard Long        Books / Artists’ Books        $75.00
  • Gasoline & Vestal Lady on Brattle        Gregory Corso        Books / Out of Print Books        $50.00
  • Pan-ic : A Selection of Contemporary Canadian Poems        Irving Layton (editor) and Robert Smithson (cover artwork)        Periodicals        $50.00
  • Avalanche        Avalanche, Willoughby Sharp and Liza Béar        Periodicals / Out of Print Periodicals        $40.00
  • Arcs and Lines        Sol LeWitt        Books / Out of Print Books        $375.00
  • Twilight Horizons        Hamish Fulton        Books / Artists’ Books        $100.00
  • Homo Futurus blank book        Barbara Rosenthal        Books        $50.00

A selection of rare and out of print books to complement Swiss Institute’s new exhibition, Rosemary Mayer: Ways of Attaching, the first institutional survey of the artist’s work. The books here reflect Mayer’s connections to experimental writing and land art.

Mayer, born in Brooklyn, was a part of the many avant-garde movements—conceptual art, language art and concrete poetry, DIY publishing, to name a few—emanating from Downtown NYC in the late 1960s through 1980s. Her sister, Bernadette Mayer, and husband, Vito Acconci, were editors of 0 to 9, an artist periodical dedicated to experimental artist poetry and writing, and Rosemary herself created an entire issue of Art-Rite (the artist magazine edited by Walter Robinson and Edit DeAk, two of Printed Matter’s founders).

In addition to her fabric sculptures, Rosemary Mayer began to create, in the late 1970s, durational sculptures and installations that she referred to as “temporary monuments.” Made with weather balloons, snow, and foam, Mayer’s pieces had an ephemeral quality shared by most works of land art, based as they are in shifting seasons and other natural cycles.

Two issues of 0 to 9 and Mayer’s issue of Art-Rite are featured in the top left corner of the table.

Checklist
  1. Art-Rite, Walter Robinson, Edit DeAk and Joshua Cohn
    Art-Rite
    New York, NY: Art-Rite Publishing, 1977
    size unknown
    $35.00
  2. Vito Acconci, Bernadette Mayer, Gertrude Stein and Aram Saroyan
    0 to 9
    New York, NY: 0 to 9 Books, 1967
    $800.00
  3. John Giorno, Bernadette Mayer, Vito Acconci, Aram Saroyan, Clark Coolidge, Ron Padgett and Ted Berrigan
    0 to 9
    New York , NY: 0 to 9 Books, 1968
    $1,000.00
  4. Aram Saroyan
    Coffee Coffee
    New York, NY: 0 to 9 Books, 1967
    $1,000.00
  5. Alan Sondheim
    STRATA : Alan Sondheim
    Halifax, Canada: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and Anna Leonowens Gallery, 1972
    $100.00
  6. Dick Higgins
    Piano Sonata #2 (Graphis 192)
    Barrytown, NY: Printed Editions, 1982
    $50.00
  7. Maureen Owen, Peter Schjeldahl, Anne Waldman, George Schneemann and Larry Fagin
    Telephone
    New York, NY: M. Owen, 1970
    $175.00
  8. Vito Acconci
    Pulse (for my mother)
    Paris, France: Inc. and Multiplicata, 1973
    500
    $750.00
  9. Buzz Spector and Reagan Upshaw and WhiteWalls
    WhiteWalls : A Magazine of Writings by Artists
    Chicago, IL: Whitewalls Inc., 1978
    size unknown
    Out of stock
  10. Herbert George
    Tracks : A Journal of Artists’ Writings
    New York, NY: Herbert George, 1976
    Out of stock
  11. Joe Brainard
    More I Remember
    New York, NY: Angel Hair, 1972
    $125.00
  12. Gregory Corso
    Gasoline & Vestal Lady on Brattle
    San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 1958
    $50.00
  13. Irving Layton (editor) and Robert Smithson (cover artwork)
    Pan-ic : A Selection of Contemporary Canadian Poems
    New York, NY: Alan Brilliant, 1958
    size unknown
    $50.00
  14. Leandro Katz
    The Milk of Amnesia
    Rochester, NY: Visual Studies Workshop, 1985
    1000
    $90.00
  15. Brion Gysin
    Soft Need #17 (Brion Gysin special)
    Expanded Media Editions, 1977
    $150.00
  16. Barbara Baracks
    Big Deal
    New York, NY: Big Deal, 1975
    unknown
    $95.00
  17. Richard Long
    Postcards 1968 - 1982
    Bordeaux, France: Capc Musée d'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, 1984
    unknown
    $90.00
  18. Richard Long
    Spanish Stones
    Barcelona, Spain: Poligrafa, 1998
    $75.00
  19. Sol LeWitt
    Arcs and Lines
    Lausanne and Paris, Switzerland and France: Editions des Massons and Yvon Lambert, 1974
    size unknown
    $375.00
  20. Hamish Fulton
    Twilight Horizons
    Coracle Press for Musee D'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, 1983
    size unknown
    $100.00
  21. Barbara Rosenthal
    Homo Futurus blank book
    New York: eMediaLoft.org, 1984
    $50.00
  22. Avalanche, Willoughby Sharp and Liza Béar
    Avalanche
    New York, NY: Avalanche, 1973
    size unknown
    Out of stock
Last updated 11/12/2021
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