April 4, 2011

What Books May Come

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Looks like Monday is Unboxing Day. Whether UPS or USPS, be sure to thank the union members who worked through the weekend to bring you your art nerdy books.

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The hardback with the current cover design [updated link, see below] arrived in Mondo Blogoland. I really do like this cover, too. Patrick thinks I should change it back to the softcover version, though, so that his is more collectible. Which is a very generous and slightly hilarious thing to say.

I was also thinking of making a 2-color silkscreen print out of this cover image. Or maybe even a whole portfolio of the Prince v. Cariou exhibits. I tell you, look at Rauschenberg too long, and you'll want to start silkscreening everything that's not pinned down.

Oh ho, at Joy Garnett's studio [below], they staged an impromptu reading of my "conceptual piece." And now I'm thinking that staging a dramatic re-enactment of portions of the transcript some night could be a lot of fun. Hmm.

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Meanwhile, back at Canal Zone Richard Prince YES RASTA: Selected Court Documents &c., &c. HQ, the champagne mangoes have a new, romantically exotic friend:

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Cariou's book was apparently supposed to be available as a limited edition, with a signed print. Did not know that. It says it right there on the colophon, though: "A slipcased, limited edition of this book with a signed and numbered artwork by the artist is available upon inquiry; please contact the publisher."

There's also a credit to The Small Darkroom, New York for "gelatin-silver prints," a reference, presumably, to the edition. And there's a separate ISBN number, 1-57687-074-X, which goes basically nowhere. Which means that Cariou and/or powerHouse had planned to do a limited edition, but it never happened. Wonder why that was? I guess if I were an attorney for someone getting sued for damaging someone's book and photography market, I might care a little more.

Apr 2011 update: At the moment, the hardcover copy is not available. Here's a new link to order a softcover copy of the new, expanded edition, which includes Prince's entire deposition, and additional legal documents.

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