Early production from this important artist that prefigures much of her work that followed.
"[T]he identity of each card [...] depends on the word of the dealer." — Douglas Eklund
Two-volume set of artist's books, Volume I red and Volume II blue, otherwise identical in presentation: both volumes feature a drawing of the back of a playing card on every page, each one identified below by its suit and number. Each volume includes a different selection of cards, differentiated by caption but visually identical — 26 cards in each volume, adding up to a full deck. No other text or title information is present. Lawler's interest in contextualization, appropriation, and (re)-presentation led to her affiliation with the Pictures Generation group, concerns already evident in this intriguing early work, which arbitrarily assigns each book an original price of either "$7.95" or "$100.00," (this set both the former): "In bringing supposedly supplementary information to the foreground, toying with arrangements, and slyly teasing the viewer-reader [...] Lawler was handing out a road map for her career to come" (Eklund 261).
Read more: Douglas Eklund, The Pictures Generation, 1974-1984.
(New York): (Louise Lawler), (1978). Two volumes. 7'' x 5''. Original wrappers. Each volume  pages. Minor edgewear, unmarked pages. Both volumes very good plus or better.
We work hard to meet our ethical responsibilty to describe our material accurately. All items are guaranteed as described and may be returned for any reason within 30 days. Please notify us before mailing a return.
We guarantee the authenticity of our items. All items are original (meaning not facsimiles or reproductions), first editions (i.e. first printings), unless otherwise noted. TPM is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and upholds their Code of Ethics.
All items subject to prior sale. Domestic orders over $250 and international orders over $500 ship gratis. We use USPS unless otherwise requested. Expedited, overnight, or international shipping, as well as other carriers, may carry additional costs beyond quoted rates. All orders receive tracking information and a direct contact in case of any questions.
We accept all major credit cards, Paypal, Venmo, check, money order, and bank wire. We are happy to accomodate institutional buyers' needs. Sales tax will be added to applicable purchases.
If for any reason you are dissatisfied with your purchase, please contact us. We prioritize our long-term relationships far above any individual purchase, and we want you to love your item as much as we loved cataloguing it.