Pour la forme: Ébauche d'une méthodologie des arts (In Defence of Form: Outline of a Methodology for the Arts).
Pour la forme: Ébauche d'une méthodologie des arts (In Defence of Form: Outline of a Methodology for the Arts).
Pour la forme: Ébauche d'une méthodologie des arts (In Defence of Form: Outline of a Methodology for the Arts).

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Pour la forme: Ébauche d'une méthodologie des arts (In Defence of Form: Outline of a Methodology for the Arts).

Paris: L'Internationale Situationniste, 1958. First edition. 4to. Printed wrappers designed by Asger Jorn. 27.7x21.8cm. 140pp. Though not called for, this copy has been SIGNED on the colophon page by Jorn in red crayon, and dated by him '58'.


Illustrated with photographs, paintings by the author, and drawings by Dubuffet, Kandinsky, Ernst, Michaux, Alechinsky, Miro, Wols and Pollock, with an original copy of Guy Debord's psychogeographical map of Paris, 'Naked City' (1957), bound in (the map, named after the eponymous film noir of 1948, was printed shortly before and its edges guillotined to fit the book; in a letter dated March 25th, 1958 to Giuseppe Pinot-Gallizio, Debord requested 750 copies of the map to be sent to Jorn for inclusion in 'Pour la forme').


The book consists of a collection of Jorn's essays and pamphlets detailing the evolution in his ideas since his association with the CoBra group between 1948 and 1951 and leading up to the formation of the Situationist International in 1957, with many of them dating from his MIBI (Mouvement International pour un Bauhaus Imaginiste) period. It includes his text, 'Les Situationnistes et L'Automation', which also appeared in the first issue of Internationale Situationniste (the book's back cover prints the first announcement of the new magazine, which Jorn helped edit and finance until April 1961, when he 'demissioned' from the SI).


Yellow wrappers lightly soiled, slightly foxed, and partially faded; a little discreet ink marginalia to four pages; o/w a Very Good copy of this scarce work, one of the earliest Situationist publications. 750 copies printed.

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