34. On Certainty by Ludwig Wittgenstein, with art by Mel Bochner
On Certainty by Ludwig Wittgenstein, with an introduction by Arthur Danto and twelve relief prints by Mel Bochner, 1991.
On Certainty is the last work of Ludwig Wittgenstein, one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century. The profound influence of his thought on the art of Mel Bochner, a highly regarded New York artist, was manifested in the "Wittgenstein Illustrations", a series of Minimalist drawings from 1971 of arabic numerals over grids that were the basis for the prints. The introduction by Arthur Danto, Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for his art criticism, addresses Wittgenstein's philosophy and Bochner's prints. An exhibition of On Certainty and Bochner's prints for this project was held in 1992 at Sonnabend Gallery in New York City.
EDITIONS & PRICES
Format: 14-1/2 by 13 inches, 148 pages. The paper is French mouldmade Rives heavyweight. The original German and the English translation are printed in Monotype Plantin in two columns, with numbers for entries in blue. The relief prints are in black, red, and blue. The binding is cloth over boards with inset cloth titling panels on the covers, in slipcase. Numbered and signed by the artist. Edition of 300 copies, $450.00. Available.
A suite of twelve larger-format prints by Bochner, variants on the illustrations, was issued to accompany the book. The prints are in black, red, and blue ink, on T. H. Saunders mouldmade paper, 20 by 15 inches, presented in cloth portfolio. The prints are numbered and signed by the artist. Edition of 30 copies, sold with the book, $4,000.00. Out of print.
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Edition: The book format is 14-1/2 by 13 inches, 148 pages, signed by the artist. The binding is cloth over boards, in slipcase. The book edition is limited to 300 numbered copies for sale, $450.00. Out of print.
A suite of twelve larger-format prints by Bochner, on mouldmade paper, 20 by 15 inches, in cloth portfolio. The prints are signed by the artist. The print edition is limited to 30 numbered copies, sold only with the book. Price: $4,000. Out of print.