Eindhoven: Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, 1982. First edition. 8vo, 422 pp, bound in brown buckram with the title stamped in black at the spine. Illustrated with b/w and color plates. Of a total edition of 740 copies, this is one of 240 numbered copies with a signed and dated photograph housed in a folder at rear, which has also been assigned the name of a particular tree. This is copy number 116, and is the "Mimosenbaum" copy.
The now rare limited edition of one of the most essential artist's books of the 1980's. The book, which was exhibited at Documenta 7, begins with a list of the names of South American trees, and then segues into a narrative, interspersed with photographs and found images, the product of the artist's 18 month exploration of a Yanomomi village in Venezuela, a community which at that time had almost no contact with the outside world. Like his fellow artist Marcel Broodthaers, whose work he shares a dialogue with (Broodthaer's postcard 'Veritable Eau de Cologne / Fuchs Mais Qui Mangera le Fromage?' was a response to Baumgarten's exhibition 'T'E-NE-T'E. Eine mythologische Vorführung'), Baumgarten's work critiques institutional representation, and also explores the anthropological implications of naming.
Fine. Item #25412