This catalogue is published on the occasion of Isa Genzken’s exhibition “Early Works” that took place at Galerie Buchholz, Berlin in 2013. The book contains a new essay by B.H.D. Buchloh, both in English and in German as well as an extensive documentation on the artist’s early work starting in the late 1960s.
Produced in an edition of 1000.
- Isa Genzken - Early Works
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A Catalogue Raisonne of the Sculpture 1954-1985
For some thirty years, John Chamberlain has cajoled, crushed, melted, and embraced the detritus of American consumerism to create, casually and forcefully, sculptures whose provocative beauty is as visually brilliant as it is formally intelligent. Employing means as ordinary as his materials, he has reinvented casting and modeling and liberated them from expressive, technical, and aesthetic restraints. Moving out of both the Cubist-Constructivist gridlock and the Surrealist symbolism that together threatened to trap so much sculpture of the 1950s, Chamberlain found a way to add the dimension of volume to the urgent spontaneity and procedural clarity so crucial to the Abstract Expressionist painters. Engaging chance and intuition, he transgressed lavishly the prohibition of color in sculpture, employing hues that ranged from the virginal to the lurid as major protagonists of sculptural structure.
This heavy and comprehensive volume presents a catalogue raisonne of Chamberlain’s sculptural output in this period, with numerous examples of his crushed automobile, welded metal, foil, foam and polymer works, amongst others. Densely illustrated with images of all of his sculptural works in black and white and colour (some 800 photographed works!), alongside text by Julie Sylvester with an essay by Klaus Kertess.
Still probably the best and most exhaustive book on the modern sculptor’s work.
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In the late 1970s a stockpile of over a thousand distinctive wire sculptures were found in cardboard boxes on the street in a slowly-gentrifying neighborhood in South Philadelphia. The works consist of different gauges of wire wrapped around everyday found objects and materials such as food packaging, umbrella parts, tape, batteries, pens, nuts and bolts, nails, foil, coins, toys, watches, eyeglasses, tools, and jewelry. The maker, who remains unidentified, possessed an astonishing ability to isolate and communicate the concepts of power and energy through his selection and transformation of these ordinary materials. The pieces are often compared to African fetish objects and other ritualized, vernacular traditions, but resonate equally with historical and contemporary art practices. The collection has come to be regarded as an important discovery in the field of self-taught art.
This fully illustrated catalogue includes a foreword by John Ollman, an essay by Brendan Greaves, and was designed by Purtill Family Business with cover typography by artist and designer Paul Elliman.
- Philadelphia Wireman
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Naturforscher, Dichter, Schreiber, Zeichner, Componist, Landarbeiter, Merker, Handlanger, Gäärtner, Gipser, Zementter, Bahn-Arbeitter, Taglöhner, Scheren-Schleiffer, Fischer, Schiffer, Jäger, Welsch-Heuer, Tohtten-Gräber und Soldat des Emmenthaler-Battaillons 3. Kompanie, 3. Sektion. Ebjäh!!
Very good copy in original illustrated boards of this handsome Adolf Wölfli catalogue published by the Fondation Adolf Wölfli, Bern, 1976.
This catalog was prepared for the major exhibition on the work of Adolf Wölfli at the Kunstmuseum Bern in 1976, organized by Elka Spoerri and a team of scholars including Harald Szeemann, Markus Ratz, Peter Bichsel, among others.
Illustrated throughout with Wölfli’s drawings, writings, diagrams, music compositions, letters, etc, plus a Chronological Presentation of his life and work juxtaposed with his imaginary biographical details (adapted by Elka Spoerri and translated by Anne-Marie Thalmann); the catalogue is meticulously designed and presented in an illustrated heavy card folder which opens out into a tryptic housing both books and centred with a photograph of Wölfli. Essays by Elka Spoerri, Peter Bichsel, Jakob Wyrsch, Alfred Bader, Harald Szeemann, Theodor Spoerri and more (in German); catalogue edited by Elka Spoerri and Jurgen Glaesemer.
“Mrs. Spoerri, who sometimes jokingly referred to herself as ”Mrs. Wölfli,” was a legend in the world of outsider art. She spent more than 20 years deciphering, transcribing, translating and indexing the often densely interwoven writing, iconography and musical scores of Wölfli, a prolific schizophrenic Swiss laborer. Consigned to Waldau, a psychiatric hospital in Bern, from the age of 30 to his death at 66 in 1930, Wölfli created thousands of drawings and 45 large illustrated books containing a total of nearly 25,000 pages. He was known in Switzerland during his lifetime but subsequently slipped into near oblivion. Mrs. Spoerri came to Wölfli’s work through her husband, Theodor, a psychiatrist at Waldau who, at the invitation of the Swiss curator Harald Szeemann, helped reintroduce Wölfli’s work to the art world at Documenta 5 in 1972. But Theodor, a cousin of the artist Daniel Spoerri, died in 1973, and Mrs. Spoerri became the chief guardian and interpreter of Wölfli’s art”. (from Spoerri’s obituary, in the Times, written by Roberta Smith).
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- Adolf Wölfli (1976)
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