Choosing : Green Beans
  • artists' book
  • wrappers
  • offset-printed
  • staple bound
  • black-and-white & color
  • 29.6 x 21 cm.
  • [14] pp.
  • edition size 1500
  • unsigned and unnumbered

Choosing : Green Beans

John Baldessari

Choosing : Green Beans


Artist's book by John Baldessari. "This work is part of a series of works about choosing. In this version a group of green beans was available from which to choose. A participant was asked to choose any three beans from the group for whatever reasons he/she might have at the moment. The three chosen beans were then placed upon a surface to be photographed. I chose one of the three beans for whatever reasons. I might have had at that moment. A photograph was taken of the selection process. The chosen bean was carried over; the two other beans not chosen were discarded; two new beans were added. The next choice was made, and so on. Each of the participants develops strategies unknown to the other player as the selection process continues until all the beans are used." -- John Baldessari text from book's introduction. Text in English and Italian.


"Book as Artwork 1960 / 1972" by Germano Celant. London, United Kingdom : Nigel Greenwood Inc. Ltd., 1972, pp. 93.
"Esthétique du Livre d'Artiste 1960 / 1980" by Anne Moeglin-Delcroix. Paris, France : Jean-Michel Place / Bibliothèque Nationale de France, 1997, pp. 276.
"Louise Lawler : Receptions" by Louise Lawler, Roxana Marcoci, Rhea Anastas, Mieke Bal, Douglas Crimp, Rosalyn Deutsche, Diedrich Diederichsen, David Platzker, Julian Stallabrass. New York, NY : The Museum of Modern Art, 2017, pp. 83, 84, 85.
No. AB1972.2 in "John Baldessari Catalogue Raisonné, Volume Six: 2011 – 2019" by Patrick Pardo, Robert Dean, Michael Auping, Philipp Kaiser, David Platzker. New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 2020, pp. 480.
Milano, Italy: Edizioni Toselli,
Condition:  Very Good. 9 mm., 2 mm. and 8 mm. marks of light yellow soiling to covers. Light yellowing to covers, with light edge and spine wear. Contents clean and unmarked. A very nice presenting copy.
[Object # 36717]