Choosing: Green Beans.Milan: Edizioni Toselli, 1972. Near fine. 4to.; illustrated in color; printed wrappers. "First edition; one of 1,500 copies"
Games have been an ongoing interest of Baldessari's and play a role in several of his books. He has explained that his interest arises from the similarity between games and language, especially the analogous rules and conventions that govern their play. In Choosing: Green Beans, a brief introductory statement explains the game: the first participant is shown three green beans from which he or she selects one to be carried over to the next round, the others are removed, replaced with different beans, and then the other player takes a turn choosing. Rounds continue like this. There is photo taken at each stage showing the player pointing to the bean they have selected. These images constitute the book. Baldessari writes in the introduction that each participant "'develops strategies unknown to the other player... like a conversation, it is a free form interaction that develops according to its own internal logic without any definite end point in view."