CHRISTIAN JANKOWSKI - GERMAN ARTIST - SIGNED & INSCRIBED "STRIP THE AUCTIONEER" - Great Performance art - The ARTIST AUCTIONEER Strips and Auctions his Clothing Piece by Piece
CHRISTIAN JANKOWSKI - STRIP THE AUCTIONEER at CHRISTIE'S.
SIGNED and INSCRIBED by JANKOWSKI on the first page: "For Marcher / Christian Jankowski / 4.3.10".
Softcovers, 8.5" x 10.5", 48 unnumbered pages PLUS a bound-in 48 page booklet, with 36 pages in English and German that describe the auction, and 12 pages of reactions by the winning bidders of the various items.
VERY GOOD condition, some light creases to the covers from handling, overall just lightly used and still tight, bright, clean and unmarked. A solid, very nice copy.
Shows the actual AUCTION EVENT that took place at CHRISTIE'S, Amsterdam, where the LONGTIME AUCTIONEER ARNO VERKADE stripped and auctioned off much of his clothing, piece by piece, with the last piece being his personal Auctioneer's Hammer. (If you are wondering, yes, he left his pants on.)
The auction was incorporated into a PERFORMANCE PIECE / EXHIBITION put together by the CONTEMPORARY GERMAN ARTIST CHRISTIAN JANKOWSKI. The Christie's "STRIP THE AUCTIONEER" was broadcast live into the Jankowski Exhibition on its opening day, as part of the exhibition. It was then shown on video repeatedly during the life of the exhibition. Published by Walther König, Köln, Germany, 2011.
Looks like a Christie's Auction Catalogue, but is actually a photographic revisiting of the auction, with photos by a Christie's photographer. It was published after the auction took place, showing, through photographs, how it took place, how the auctioneer stripped, the items sold, and the prices they obtained. There is also a bound-in booklet that shows the winning bidders and gives their reactions to the items they won, the high prices they paid, and to the event as a whole.
The pieces of clothing that the auctioneer removed and then auctioned included his shoes, socks, shirt, jacket, etc. Each item (i.e. one left shoe) went for approximately two thousand euros, blurring the line between what is art, what is collectible, and what is just a dirty sock that the auctioneer has just taken off his foot.
SCARCE SIGNED and INSCRIBED by JANKOWSKI.
You can read about the Contemporary German Multi-Media Artist CHRISTIAN JANKOWSKI on Wikipedia.