ABC -- We Print Anything -- In The Cards

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Description: FIRST EDITION of Carolee Schneemann's ABC -- We Print Anything -- In The Cards, documenting the emotional chaos of two tangled relationships. Printed on 156 index cards, each with an accompanying image card (this copy without text card for page 28, image card for 58, and text card for 120). One of 151 copies. Printed on 156 coded index cards, each with an accompanying image card, Carolee Schneemann's ABC -- We Print Anything -- In The Cards details the artist's experience following her breakup with Anthony McCall and subsequent relationship with Bruce McPherson in 1976. The cards are color coded, with the pink index cards containing comments and advice by friends of Schneemann during that year, the yellow cards containing diary and dream extracts, and the blue cards containing comments by A (Anthony, the artist's soon-to-be ex), B (the artist's new lover, Bruce) and C (the artist herself). Intended as a multimedia performance piece, in which Schneemann would read the cards aloud to an audience while images were projected on a screen behind her. Shuffled by the slide projectors, the image cards present a non-linear narrative whose complexity and contradictions mirror the shifting, inter-connected relationships that are their subject. The work was first performed at Franklin Furnace in New York, in November of 1976. The following year Schneemann presented the work in both Holland and Amsterdam. After this the artist became "dissatisfied with the static nature of the reading", preferring the random shuffled structure of the boxed work. Beuningen, Holland: Brummense Uitgeverij Van Luxe Werkjes, 1977. 158 pp., [loose leaves], 112 x 30.5 x 5 cm., in handmade blue cloth box, gold-stamped with title and tied with a ribbon. Fine condition. RARE.
Artist or Maker: Carolee Schneemann
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