The Telephone Book (with Pearls)
  • artists' book
  • pictorial wrappers
  • offset-printed
  • sewn bound
  • black-and-white & color
  • 21 x 14.7 cm.
  • [68] pp.
  • edition size 1000
  • unsigned and unnumbered
  • ISBN 9072191072

The Telephone Book (with Pearls)

[First Edition]

John Baldessari, Kaatje Cusse

The Telephone Book (with Pearls)


Artist's book by John Baldessari. With appropriated images of people talking on telephones, Baldessari works the tension between the handset cords and people talking on phones [obscured by his charismatic cropping and circles]. The tension runs from one crop to another, defining space and societal structures. Like pearls. Edited by Kaatje Cusse.


"John Baldessari" by John Baldessari, Coosje van Bruggen, David Platzker. Los Angeles / New York, CA / NY : Museum of Contemporary Art / Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 1990, pp. 247.
"Artist / Author : Contemporary Artists' Books" by Cornelia Lauf, Clive Phillpot, Glenn O'Brien, Jane Rolo, Brian Wallis, Martha Wilson, Thomas Padon. New York, NY : Distributed Art Publishers / The American Federation of Arts, 1998, pp. 2 - 3, 8.
"Sand in der Vaseline : Künstlerbüucher 1980 - 2002" by Uwe Koch, Sabine Roeder, Dorothea Klein, Klaus Pohl, Melitta Kliege. Köln, Germany : Verlag der Buchandlung Walther König, 2003, pp. 151.
No 2 in "4 Éditeurs / 4 Publishers : Imschoot, uitgevers, mfc-michèle didier, Yellow Now, Yves Gevaert." Belgium : Musée Royal de Mariemont, 2007, pp. 43.
No. AB1988.1 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. 487.
Condition:  Very Good. Light edge wear and light scratching on recto and verso. Small impression to top left corner.
[Object # 27691]