PRINT May 1985



“Obviously Borges and . . . LeWitt have traveled to the same remote and pristine territories by different, circuitous routes,” said Alastair Reid in the newsletter of the Limited Editions Club; it was Reid who suggested the pairing of Jorge Luis BorgesFicciones (1945) with the drawings of Sol LeWitt. Alexander Coleman’s introductory essay for this elegant, limited-edition volume evades this most important convergence between Borges and LeWitt: the questioning of the models of reason that forms the basis of modern thought. Moreover, the rarefied, estheticized character of the presentation—the black cowhide binding, the finest papers and printing techniques—is intoxicating to the point of obscuring the underlying subversiveness of both image and text. (“Don Quixote,” writes Borges in one of the Ficciones, “was above all an agreeable book; now it is an occasion for patriotic toasts,

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