Brescia: G.A. Cavellini, 1980. 1st Edition. Small slim folio, publisher's photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps, collectible color-printed sticker.
"The biography of an artist is frequently written after his death, imperfectly and incompletely. Since I don’t want any such biography to be written about me, I’ve decided to write my own." Italian artist and self-styled "emperor of presumption" Guglielmo Achille Cavellini’s pictorial travelogue. Originally a wealthy art collector turned failed gallerist, GAC's eventual oeuvre was defined by his now mainstream concept of autostoricizzazione (self-historification), by which the artist sought to create a place for himself in popular culture via the dark arts of self-promotion, endorsement, and aggrandizement (such as promoting fictitious exhibitions of his "work" at major museums). His prescient performance of appropriation and autobiography made him a leading figure in the 1970s avant-garde. This work, a diaristic account of trips to Budapest and San Francisco, both documents and exemplifies Cavellini’s method: he compiled catalogs of his "living room exhibitions" – one-man shows on view for a limited audience – and sent them to friends and art world contemporaries. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photos and reproductions; with a list of publications. Front cover photo features Dadaist mail artists Bill Gaglione and Buster Cleveland, who designed Cavellini’s famous stickers, which he used to promote his exhibitions, one of which is laid in, with an article about the sticker bombing of Ukiah, California (one of the cities mentioned here). Small circular green sticker to upper wrap. Some soiling and light scuffing to wraps. Very good. Item #3137