Feb 08, 2024 - Sale 2658

Sale 2658 - Lot 161

Price Realized: $ 3,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000


Hand-drawn Flipbooks Designed for New Order's Music Video for the Song "Blue Monday '88."
Three ink and marker flipbooks.102x152 mm, 4x6 inch index cards. 1988.

The flipbooks each contain a short sequence of animation drawn by Breer for the music video; the first depicting a tumbling stick (or line) that cartwheels and then falls off the page, done in blue magic marker; the second shows a sphere or circle in blue morphing into a red and blue cube; the third begins with a cartwheeling stick that transforms into a dog inspired by William Wegman's Weimaraner Fay (who also appears in the video), and then back into a stick, executed in black, brown and yellow marker; each bound with two plastic screw posts.

With - two commercially printed copies of the Weimaraner-themed book produced for friends of Tony Wilson's Hacienda Club. Designed for Factory Records by Peter Saville Associates and distributed as a Christmas gift in 1988. Titled in multi-color letters on a black background on the front cover, New Order, Blue Monday Manual Video, Thanks to Fay and Robert Breer and William Wegman and a Very Happy Christmas 1988 to you FAC 235, it was printed in a run of 350.

With- a copy of the cartwheeling stick pages printed by a thermal fax printer, disbound.

Formed from the aftermath of Joy Division's loss of Ian Curtis, New Order was fated to make important contributions to dance-synth just as electronic drum machines, synthesizers and audio sampling began to influence music production. "Blue Monday" was originally released as a 12-inch single in 1983, and was an immediate success. It is the best-selling 12-inch of all time, and the band re-released it on two subsequent occasions. In 1988, Quincy Jones remixed it, and with the help of Breer & Wegman, a new video was recorded.

Breer's career as an avant-garde filmmaker and animator began in the early 1950s in Paris. Even in this period, he was creating animations using flipbooks constructed out of 4x6 inch index cards, as is the case with the "Blue Monday" books in this lot. In the video, members of the band are filmed flipping through these (and other) unique hand-drawn books created by Breer. In other sequences, close-up shots showing all three books being flipped also appear.