Un Coup de Dés Jamais N'Abolira Le Hasard
A "well loved" copy of Broodthaers' landmark book, in which he emphasizes the spatial relations between the words and line breaks of Stéphane Mallarmé's poem by redacting it entirely. The text of the poem appears in full as the Preface to the book, typeset in a single solid justified block, with forward slashes (/) designating the line breaks.
So often displayed in vitrines, so rarely presented with the opportunity to actually flip through its ghostly pages. Books are made to be handled, no? This one is from the private collection of art critic Alain Jouffroy, who clearly exposed it to sunlight, thumbed it, buried it on his desk, and maybe even spilled some tea on it.
What is particularly charming is that Broodthaers' has "deeded" this copy to Jouffroy by striking his own name from the copyright page and writing in Jouffroy's instead, as well as changing it from an original edition to an "edition de hasard."
Numbered 1 of 1, initialed MB by the artist.
Antwerpen: Gallery Wide White Space and Köln: Galerie Michael Werner. French. 32 pages, unnumbered.