A complete run in 46 issues, each issue 4 pp., of the French art journal, under the editorial direction of avant-garde gallerist and visionary dealer Iris Clert, each issue announcing upcoming art shows and including features such as critics reviews, horoscopes, short profiles, classified listings, or cartoons. Profusely illustrated throughout with photographs and drawings. Some minor scattered pencil notations, overall excellent condition. 8vo. Printed self-wrpps. Paris 1962-1975.
Iris Clert opened her eponymous art gallery in February 1956 at 3 rue des Beaux-Arts in the neighborhood of Saint Germain des Près, which was known at the time for its avant-garde galleries. The first artists to have their work shown at her gallery were Arman, Klaus Geissler, Yves Klein, Ad Reinhardt, Jean Tinguely, and Joël Brunerie. According to a review of a 2015 tribute to her legacy, "Iris Clert's spectacular way of conducting her gallery, her total absence of artistic exclusivity and her incredible eclecticism in staging her exhibitions made it a unique space of expression for dozens of major artists of the Paris scene." (http://www.galerielinlassable.com/iris-time/) She organized iconic exhibitions and discovered some of the most important artists of the 1950's and 1960's, and invented the "Venice Biennale off" in 1962 where she exhibited her avant-garde projects in a 17th century palazzo. She called her gallery "the most advanced gallery in the world" where you could "buy today the art of tomorrow." Her publication of Iris-Time Unlimited from 1962 to 1975 replaced the traditional gallery invitation. An important and rare document of the 1960's avant-garde scene in Paris; as of February 2018, WorldCat locates a small handful of holdings in North American institutions, only two of which appear to be complete runs. Book ID: 48824