Ulises Carrion

Dear Reader. Don’t Read, 1973
Two hand-printed sheets (black on cream) fixed to grey card, handmade by the artist. Unsigned. 370 x 240 mm.

One of Ulises Carrion’s most important works, exhibited in the Netherlands in 1973. Each work has handwritten text on verso stating ‘U. Carrion, “Dear Reader Don’t Read”’. The work offered here predates the similar diptych piece in the retrospective exhibition at the Reina Sofia, Madrid (which is drawn from a private Paris-based collection and dated 1975). Thus, this work is the earlier of the two known versions. The curators of the Reina Sofia exhibition noted the symbolic importance of this piece to Carrion’s wider oeuvre by not only naming the exhibition ‘Dear Reader Don’t Read’ but by also stating that:

Ulises Carrión’s constant search for new cultural strategies… were determined by two fundamental themes: structure and language…This duality corresponds to the exhibition title Dear reader. Don’t read—taken from his diptych of the same name— which illustrates his ambiguous relation to literature, a recurring theme in his work.
– Reina Sofia, March 2016.

Unlike the version exhibited at the Reina Sofia, which was displayed side-by-side, the verso to Dear Reader is inscribed ‘above’ and Don’t Read ‘below’ (in Dutch). Price and provenance on request.


Love Stories, 1972

Pink felt tip pen on grey card. Signed and dated by the artist in pencil. 240 x 340 mm.

These works were exhibited in 1972, a year later the publication Conjugation. Love Stories was published in book format using numbered, typewritten pages by Exp/Press, Utrecht, 1973. Price and provenance on request.


Box Clinch: A Sound Performance by Ulises Carrión, 1978
Silkscreen poster printed blue and red on white. 413 x 270 mm.

Produced on the occasion of 'a sound performance by Ulises Carrion' Genève, 10 May, 1978.


sstt!!, 1973
A unique stamp work on paper, in original frame, as framed by the artist. 105 x 74 mm (framed). 

The work was exhibited in the ‘Sstt!!’ exhibition at Mijn Galerijtje, Breda, 1973. A photograph of the work in an installation shot of the exhibition is reproduced in Guy Schraenen, Ulises Carrión: “We have won! Haven’t we?” (Amsterdam: Museum Fodor, 1992), p.10.


Povis no. 4-5, 1977
Ulises Carrion's contribution to the visual poetry assembling publication Povis