Paris: Édition Du Regard, 1988. 1st Edition. Square folio, publisher's black cloth, upper board and spine blindstamped, black endpapers, original embossed dust jacket, original black cardboard slipcase.
Opened to the public in 1974, La Maison de la Celle-Saint-Cloud was a home and art installation whose walls, ceilings and floors were covered entirely in 15cm x 15cm white tiles with black grout joint of 5mm; the space is considered to be the masterwork of French visual artist Jean-Pierre Raynaud. Conceived to be an "…absolute space, controlled by a regular grid," Raynaud meticulously crafted the space over the span of 25 years, consistently updating and rearranging objects, historical artifacts, and artworks throughout as an ongoing interdisciplinary curatorial project. This book collects extensive sketches, architectural drawings, and photographs of the house, alongside texts by Yves Tissier and Bernard Wauthier-Wurmser. Raynaud closed the space to the public in 1988 and demolished La Maison de la Celle-Saint-Cloud in 1993. The wreckage was painstakingly collected and cataloged and is regularly exhibited in various iterations at CAPC (The Museum of Contemporary Art) in Bordeaux. Text in French. Some wear to slipcase; light toning to spine of unclipped dust jacket. Near fine book in very good slipcase. Item #1862