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John Armleder (Swiss, b.1948)
Guitar Multiple (FS 164)
1987
Printed fabric over stretcher with vintage Gibson "Melody Maker" electric guitar
Edition of 12
Incised with the signature, date and numbering on the reverse of the guitar and the canvas
Canvas: 80 x 16 inches; Guitar: 39 ½ x 12 7/8 x 4 3/4 inches (Canvas (203.5 x 91.5 cm); Guitar (100.3 x 32.7 x 12.1cm))
Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Printed fabric over stretcher with vintage Gibson "Melody Maker" electric guitar, a fine example of this rare multiple "furniture sculpture", incised with the signature, numbering and date on the upper part of the neck of the guitar, verso, also signed, dated and numbered on overlap of the canvas, from the edition of only 12 (there were no artist proofs) fabricated by the artist and published by John Gibson Editions, New York, a few losses on the lower edge of the guitar, verso, otherwise in very fine condition.

Provenance:

John Gibson Gallery, New York
 
DART Gallery, Chicago
 
Private Collection, Chicago
 

Exhibited:

Mouans-Sartoux, France, Espace de l’Art Concret, Château de Mouans, Abstraction Étendue: une scène romande et ses connexions, 10 February – 08 June 2008, catalogue, illustrated on the cover (another example)
 
Hannover, Kunstverein Hannover, John M. Armlder: Too Much is not Enough,
26 November 2006 - 28 January 2007 (another example)
 

Geneva, Cabinet des Estampes du Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Audio – An original concept by Francis Baudevin, 31 March – 02 July 2006, catalogue, illustrated (another example)
 
Baden-Baden, Staatliche Kunsthalle, John M. Armleder: At any speed, 22 November 1998 – 10 January 1999 (another example)
 
Aargau, Holderbank, John M. Armleder: At any speed, 08 May – 25 July 1999 (another example)
 
Geneva, Cabinet des Estampes du Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, John M. Armleder: L’oeuvre multiplié, 1995 (another example)
 
Bolzano, Museo d'Arte Moderna, Dimensione Svizzera 1915-1993, 1993 (another example)
 
Geneva, Musée Rath, John M. Armleder, Furniture Sculpture, 1980-1990, 03 May – 24 June 1990, catalogue, p.109, illustrated (another example)
 
Chicago, DART Gallery, Formal, November – December 1988 (this example)
 
New York, John Gibson Gallery, John Armleder: Furniture Sculpture, 11 May – 27 June 1987 (another example)
 

Literature:

Berg, Stephan, Martin Engler and Raphaela Platow.  John M. Armleder: Too Much is not Enough, 2006, Kunstverein Hannover and Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, p.84, illustrated (another example)
 
Nymphius, Frederike.  John M. Armleder – Pudding Overdose, 2002, Heidelberg, Kehrer Verlag, p.65, illustrated (another example)
 
Staff.  “Laboratoire (Inventaire)” article in Jalouse, Les Editions Jalou, Paris, no. 23, September, 1999, p.18, illustrated (another example)
 
Brehm, Margrit.  John M. Armleder: At any speed.  1999, Ostfilidern-Ruit, Hatje Cantz, p.93, illustrated (another example)
 
Fibicher, Bernhard and Markus Klammer.  Dimensione Svizzera 1915-1993-Dal Moderno Storicico all'Arte Contemporanea, 1993, Bolzano, Museo d'Arte Moderna, p.81, illustrated in color (another example)
 
Ritschard, Claude and Charles Goerg.  John M. Armleder, Furniture Sculpture, 1980-1990.  1990, Geneva, Musée Rath and Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, pp.109, illustrated (another example)
 
McCracken, David.  “Cuteness with an Edge” review in Chicago Tribune, 16 December 1988
 

Notes:

Guitar Multiple (FS 164) is in the collection of the
 
Neue Galerie Graz, Museum Joanneum, Graz, Austria
 
Cabinet des Estampes du Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva