London: Obelisk Gallery, 1961. First Edition. Softcover. G (Covers have moderate aging, wear, and soiling; interior is clear; this copy is WARMLY INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR TO MARCEL DUCHAMP on tp.). White & BW illus. wraps, 44 pp., 11 BW illus. Main text is in English, with some text only in French. On spine: Rene Magritte / Obelisk Gallery, London 1961 / by Philip M Laski. On cover: magritte. Issued in conjunction with a 1961 exhibition of a variety of artwork created by Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte (1898-1967). Magritte himself supplied the text for the introduction, which appears in English; and facsimiles of his original handwritten essay pages in French are included. The exhibition checklist cites 28 pieces, and 10 are pictured here. The one on the back cover is a drawing Magritte provided specifically for this exhibit and catalogue. Additional comments and assessments are provided by 26 other individuals, mostly in French. Includes exhibitions and collections histories, as well as select bibliographies. One of 1500 copies. This copy is WARMLY INSCRIBED BY LASKI TO FRENCH ARTIST MARCEL DUCHAMP (1887-1968), and it came from Duchamp's personal library. Laski wrote: "with apologies and sincere regards." One wonders if the interior quote that was credited to French actor Marcel Duhamel should have been attributed to Marcel Duchamp instead; and that this was the reason for Laski's apology and presentation to the other artist. If so: Oops! An interesting piece of art history, all around.
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