Near Fine / Near Fine. Item #11254
The Hague: Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, 2002. First Edition, limited to 1500 copies. Signed autograph letter laid in. Quarto (25.5x20x0.5cm); unpaginated [48pp], including biographical and exhibit chronology, and brief bibliography. Illustrated throughout.
Photographic dustjacket is trimmed by the publisher to allow 1 cm of brown wrapper margin to peek out at both the top and bottom edge. Brown wrappers in textured heavy paper over sewn gatherings. Both jacket and volume impeccable, As New.
Laid in are both a list of works from a later Wallach show (at the C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore in September 2006), and the autograph letter which Wallach sent to Brenda Richardson at the moment of the Hague show for which this is the catalog. "Reason and Rhyme" ran in the Hague from 28 September to 8 December 2002.
Wallach's letter is on his personal letterhead from his home address in Paris: "Dear Brenda, I've enclosed the catalog from my exhibition 'Reason and Rhyme' at the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague. At the moment I am preparing work for an exhibition in Berlin opening beginning of May. Hope these words find you well. I look forward to hearing from you. My Best, Paul Wallach, 2 March 2003, Paris."
The letter's recipient, Brenda Richardson, leading advocate for insider art, outsider art, and allsider art on the East Cost, served as chief curator and formidable deputy director at the Baltimore Museum of Art for almost 25 years.