PSA – your help needed to identify this painting

Dear readers — I sometimes get requests from individuals to help identify Situationist material. In this case, a painting from a Frederick Rou[se]? Any help appreciated



Fragment d’un questionnaire social

[VANEIGEM, Raoul]. [Fragment d’un questionnaire social].n.p.: n.p., n.d. 2 p.; 21 x 27 cm.; black ink on cream stock

Except from a never-published “social questionnaire” by Raoul Vaneigem. It was supposed to include 60 statements, but only 31 were written (or preserved?). Statements – to which respondents were to respond by ++ (strongly agree), + (agree), o (neither agree nor disagree), – (disagree), — (strongly disagree) – include: (3) War is inherent to human nature; (18) The death penalty is barbaric and ought to be abolished; (31) The concept of God is a a product of the human mind

It is not entirely clear how the answers were to be used….


Traité de Savoir-Vivre à l’Usage des Jeunes Générations – The New York Public Library acknowledges with thanks and appreciation…[1968]

VANEIGEM, Raoul. [Traité de Savoir-Vivre à l’Usage des Jeunes Générations] The New York Public Library acknowledges with thanks and appreciation…New York: NYPL, 12 March 1968. 1 p.; 15 x 13 cm.; black ink on white stock.

Receipt notice from the New York Public Library that thanks Raoul Vaneigem for sending a copy of his book.  Signed by the Director of the NYPL.


Raoul Vaneigem – Original photograph [1960]

[VANEIGEM, Raoul] [Original Photograph]1 p.; 24 x 18 cm.; black & white photograph on Agfa photo stock

Black and white photograph of young, smiling, 26-year old Raoul Vaneigem from late 1960. A few months before the photograph had taken, Vaneigem had written a letter to Henri Lefebvre, who put him in touch with Guy Debord the following year. He joined the Situationist International in 1961.

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Maurice Wyckaert [1960]

[Wyckaert, Maurice]. Maurice WyckaertEssen: Galerie Van de Loo, October 1960. 1 p.; ill.; 42 x 24 cm. (folded); black and red ink on thick white stock.

Invitation to the opening of the Maurice Wyckaert exhibition at the Galerie Van de Loo in Essen on 20 October 1960, as well as to the conference held by architect (and Situationist member) Attila Kotanyi on the same day. Text in german.

Wyckaert is best known for having been chosen to read the Declaration in the Name of the Fourth SI Conference to the Institute of Contemporary Arts, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts on 28 September 1960. “Wyckaert was also the founder of Flemish literary magazine Kunst Meridiaan, which ran from 1951 to 1960. In 1955 De Meridiaan founded Galerie Taptoe, an artistic centrum, exhibition room and literary café in Brussels” (Wikipedia).

Often viewed as a relatively “minor” figure in the SI, Wyckaert’s works and contributions were brought to light in Gérard Berréby & Danielle Orhan (éds), L’Œuvre peint (1947-1996). Paris: Allia, 2012.

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Les Bandits sexuels contre le schowbiznes, avec Guy Debord, Raoul Vaneigem, René Vienet [1997]

[PYON, Jacques] Les Bandits sexuels contre le schowbiznes, avec Guy Debord, Raoul Vaneigem, René Vienet[Liancourt]: CBO, n.d. [1997].  n.p. [10 p.]; ill.; 13 x 46 cm.; serigraphic print.

Graphzine by the famed artist Pyon showcasing the adventures of Situationists Guy Debord, Raoul Vaneigem and Rene Vienet. We are showing the entire book below.
Edition of 120 numbered copies (our #81).

We locate a single OCLC copy at the BNF.

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Bulletin critique des publications préhistoriques Volume VIII – Numéro 1 – 1966 [1966]

[Internationale Situationniste] Bulletin critique des publications préhistoriques Volume VIII – Numéro 1 – 1966 [wrappers]. Internationale Situationniste – Revue de la Section Francaise de l’I.S., Numero 10 [title page]. Paris: Internationale Situationniste, March 1966. 83 p.; 24.5 x 16 cm; white wrappers with text in black.

Tenth issue of Internationale Situationniste. This was one of only two issues (the other being no.10) to have some copies bound in plain wrappers instead of the typical glossy, SI-branded wrappers.

Shall we read into this substitution a clever form of detournement? Was this a way for the S.I. to mock its own “flashy” wrappers? Evidence points to a much more pragmatic reasons: such precautions were taken to facilitate clandestine distribution in countries where the S.I.’s subversive political writings may have elicited an undue amount of interest from the authorities. Specifically, the articles “Adresse aux revolutionnaires  d’Algerie et de tous les pays” and “les luttes de classes en Algerie” would likely have proven problematic in Algeria

We do not locate any copies on OCLC.

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Guy Debord…cherche agent litteraire [1991]

DEBORD, Guy. Guy Debord, pour ses prochains livres…in L’Événement du Jeudi no. 329. 1 p. [in 130 p. magazine); ill; 21 x 32 cm.; ill. cover with photograph of Saddam Hussein.

Following his falling out with Gerard Lebovici’s heirs, Guy Debord is looking for a new publisher. He publishes a classified ad in the British Times as well as in French weekly  L’Événement du Jeudi in February 1991. The anecdote goes that Sollers, upon seeing Debord’s ad, sends the writer a blank sheet of paper on Gallimard — blank, that is, save for a giant question mark. By Spring, Debord meets and befriends Jean-Jacques Pauvert. The following year, in May 1992, Debord signs an official contract with the leading French publishing house.

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Guy Debord – Lettres a Gil J. Wolman [2017]

DEBORD, Guy. Lettres a Gil J Wolman 1952-1956. n.p. [Paris, France]: Edition privée hors commerce, 2017. 97 p.; ill.; 22 x 30 cm; black cover with text in white.

Facsimile reproduction of Guy Debord’s letters to Gil J Wolman between the years 1952 and 1956. The original letters are at the Beinecke Library at Yale University and can be accessed electronically at the Bibliotheque Nationale de France (see The letters are presented in chronological order, and a few explanatory notes are provided.

The book was not commercially released; informed sources indicate that “no more than 30 copies” could have been printed. A PDF is also available upon request. We locate 4 copies on OCLC (BDIC, IISG, Sainte-Genevieve, Kandinsky) but none in the trade.

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