Inside the Endless House: Art, People and Architecture, a Journal
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1966. Very Good / Very Good. Item #11561
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1966. First Edition. Hefty Quarto (26x21x4.5cm); 576pp. Nearly sixty pages, dispersed throughout the volume, reproduce sketches from Kiesler's journals; a final photographic doublespread by Irving Penn shows Kiesler with a model of his "Endless House."
Photographic dustjacket; volume in black cloth with silver spine lettering; black topstain. Jacket shows minor chipping, nano-tears, and color loss along edges, visible in our photograph (taken before we neatened up the jacket in mylar). Volume itself unmarred and unmarked, though with an interesting publishing témoin at top of textblock where trimming, while complete and even, still allowed tiny paper projections to escape the topstain. Volume otherwise unmarred and unmarked. Bookplate of previous and sole owner on front free endpaper.
Frederick John Kiesler (1890-1965) was a leading theoretician of architecture—much worshipped, much mocked—in the middle of the 20th century, and the creator of paintings and installations that, like his architecture, often show the DNA of Surrealism. His journals, transcribed here, cover the years 1956-1964 and his global travels in the U.S., Italy, Israel, Brazil, and beyond.
Brenda Richardson, previous owner, was a leading advocate for insider art, outsider art, and allsider art who served as chief curator and formidable deputy director at the Baltimore Museum of Art for almost 25 years.
Fun fact: the cover photograph of Kiesler was taken by Duane Michals, now famous for his work in mysterious and symbolist homoerotic images.