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Throwing Three Balls in the Air to get a Straight Line (Best of Thirty-Six Attempts)

Baldessari, John

Milan. Giampaolo Prearo Editore S.r.L. / Galleria Toselli. 1973
John Baldessari's beautiful photographic serial multiple.

From the edition limited to 2,000 copies.

As early as 1972 / 1973, Baldessari had set himself the impossible task of balancing order and chaos with Throwing Four Balls in the Air to Get a Straight Line (Best of 36 Tries) and Throwing Three Balls in the Air to Get an Equilateral Triangle (Best of 36 Tries), continuing in 1974 with Throwing Four Balls in the Air to Get a Square (Best of 36 Tries).
[14 unnumbered leaves]. Oblong folio. (248 x 328 mm). Leaf with titles and small colour vignette, 12 leaves each with colour offset illustration and final leaf with colophon, all recto only on glossy stock with rounded corners. (Sheet size: 244 x 324 mm). Original publisher's blue card envelope with flap, gilt titles to upper cover with the small excised rectangle to show the title vignette.
#48238

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