ULAY

Renais sense instant.

[#20951]
Volumes 1-3. Amsterdam, Seriaal Gallery, 1974.
Very rare quarterly publication by Ulay (Frank Uwe Laysiepen, 1943-2020) published by Seriaal gallery/edition house in Amsterdam in connection with Ulay’s exhibition ‘Renais sense. Auto-Polaroids’ at the gallery in 1974. Contains Volumes 1-3. It seems there were four volumes in total, as Volume 3 features an announcement for the upcoming issue in March 1975. This fourth issue has not been found in any archives so far, so it may not have appeared. Loose sheet publication, vintage offset print b/w, printed in an unknown (but small) edition. Each sheet 54 x 36.5 cm, folded in 3.

EUR 3,500.00

Includes: Volume 1, June 1974, 2 sheets printed both sides. Moderate soiling on upper right corner else very good. Volume 2, September 1974, 3 sheets, printed both sides. Inserted is a transparent flexi-disc 33.3 rpm by Ulay and Willem Breuker produced by Seriaal in an edition of 300. Bottom part of 2 sheets stuck, otherwise a fine copy. Volume 3, December 1974, 3 sheets. Two sheets printed both sides, one sheet printed single side. Moderate creasing along folds else very good.
Added is a postcard 'Ulay 1943-1974. Mein Abschied als einzige Person' dated December 25 1974, 15 x 10 cm, printed black on white card. Ulay devised his own obituary card (My Farewell as a Single Person), which marks the beginning of his intense collaboration with Marina Abramović and the symbolic suicide of his Ego. Important artwork and document, in mint condition.
Also includes a subscription card for the Renais sense publication and an original Seriaal envelope (with age wear) addressed to the former owner, Tjeerd Deelstra.
Frank Uwe Laysiepen (1943-2020) known professionally as Ulay, was a German artist based in Amsterdam and Ljubljana, who received international recognition for his performance and Polaroid art and collaborative performance art with longtime companion Marina Abramović. Ulay’s Renais sense series of autobiographical collages in the early 70s was a seminal early example of performative gender (crossing) exploration in the arts.

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