• artists' book
  • wrappers
  • offset-printed
  • sewn bound
  • black-and-white
  • 28 x 21.5 cm.
  • [unpaginated]
  • edition size unknown
  • unsigned and unnumbered


Kathe Gregory, Marilyn Landis, Russell F. Lewis, David Crane, Scott R. Kahn, Lawrence Alloway



Artists' publication documenting the theft of a painting by Kathe Gregory, Marilyn Landis, Russell F. Lewis, David Crane, and Scott R. Kahn in 1969. Introduction by Lawrence Alloway: "These documents record a theft of art. A group of five young artists removed from an exhibition a painting by Arakawa inscribed: IF POSSIBLE STEAL ANY ONE OF THESE DRAWINGS INCLUDING THIS SENTENCE.' So they did and their actions has esthetic ramifications which should be indicated here. In one sense, the group's intervention is in a tradition concerning the annexation of art by artists. Marcel Duchamp is a precedent, with his addition of a beard and mustache to a reproduction of the Mona Lisa in 1919..." Publication also reproduces faux mugshots of the perpetrators, details of their planning for the theft, reproductions of telegrams and other correspondence the thieves sent to Dwan Gallery, where the painting was stolen from, and museums where they hoped to "donate" the work to in order to "complete" the work.


"Book as Artwork 1960 / 1972" by Germano Celant. London, United Kingdom : Nigel Greenwood Inc. Ltd., 1972, pp. 79.
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