Franz Erhard Walther

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Art-Events and Happenings
Udo Kultermann (Ed.)



First English edition from 1971, Udo Kultermann’s “Art-Events and Happenings”, published by Mathews Miller Dunbar of London, translated by John William Gabriel. A deep reflection on an important part of Art’s development throughout the 1960s – the turn to action through performance and conceptual art – surveying happenings, protests, theatre, ritual, land art and much more, and featuring a vast collection of black and white photographic illustrations of the work of Allan Kaprow, Ann Halprin, Yvonne Rainer, Merce Cunningham, Otto Mühl, Oyvind Fahlstrom, Piero Gilardi, Charlotte Moorman, Franz Erhard Walther, Joseph Beuys, Tetsumi Kudo, Lygia Clark, Carolee Schneemann, Stan Brakhage, John Cage, Hermann Nitsch, Günther Brus, Dennis Oppenheim, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Andy Warhol, Jan Dibbets, Carl Andre, Barry La Va, Rafael Ferrer, Marinus Boezum, Nam June Paik, Wolf Vostell, Milan Knizak, Jackson Pollock, Saburo Murakami, Atsuko Tanaka, Claes Oldenburg, Piero Manzoni, Peter Hutchinson, Christo, Robert Morris, and many more.

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Franz Erhard Walther
First Work Set

Comprising 58 fabric elements – what the artist has termed ‘instruments for process’ – this multi-part sculpture, began in 1963 in Düsseldorf and was completed in 1969 in New York City, is Walther’s most ambitious work.

This publication retraces Walther’s use of malleable materials and ephemeral ‘actions’ as the basis for his sculptures, his understanding of the role of language, and the presence of drawing as integral to his conception of space. As with Walther’s similar works, First Work Set’s individual fabric elements are activated by visitors in a series of quotidian actions such as folding, dropping, leaning and measuring, that often entail cooperation among a couple or a group.

For decades, museum exhibitions of this work have placed folded archival versions of the fabric elements in vitrines, preventing viewers from receiving the direct, performative encounter originally intended by the artist.

For this exhibition at Dia:Beacon, Dia worked collaboratively with Walther to select a number of the original fabric elements available to be directly handled and performed by visitors. During the exhibition, Dia held an event inviting leading scholars to take advantage of the opportunity to experience the work firsthand in this way, and to present new thinking on his oeuvre.

This book is a unique project grown out of the inclusion of this major work in Dia’s collection in the exhibition Franz Erhard Walther: Work as Action, presented at Dia:Beacon, New York, 2 October 2010 – 15 February 2012.

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Franz Erhard Walther
Arbeiten 1969-1976


Signed copy of the major exhibition catalogue published in conjunction with the XIV Internationale Biennale São Paulo, Brazil, October 1 – December 18, 1977.
Profusely illustrated throughout with 232 illustrations of the work of Franz Erhard Walther, including his actions and drawings, alongside text by Götz Adriani, a biography, bibliography, and exhibition history. In English, German and Portuguese.

This special copy is inscribed by the artist on the title page in pencil with the words “ein anderer werkbegriff – Walther”, which translates roughly to English as “a different work concept” or “a different concept of the work”. This is a term Walther used in relation to his work, seeing it as something that does not end with the object of the artist, but with the construction of action. This means that the observer is replaced by the acting recipient who becomes a producer at the same time. The artists are the instruments at hand, with which he can act. In action execution it is then not only an active subject in the work experience, but primarily in the work of creation.

Having participated in Harald Szeemann’s legendary When Attitudes Become Form (1969) and dOCUMENTA V (1972) as well as the Museum of Modern Art’s landmark Spaces (1970), Walther’s remarkable coupling of elementary forms with conceptual ideas and a radical rethinking of the relationship between sculpture and action, has become so influential to the contemporary practices of young artists today.
The German conceptualist and sculptor Franz Erhard Walther counts among those artists who, in the 1960s, sought to undermine the authorial role of the artist in favour of a more democratic aesthetic dependent on the interaction of viewer and object; simple and individual acts such as folding and lying, leaning and stepping are either the source of his often minimal works or the means by which individual viewers may interact with them. His means of sculptural expression often involved the use of soft materials. His canvas sculptures are simply meant to be held, worn, lain in or stood under, usually by two or more people, creating strange moments of social intimacy and spatial awareness.

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Franz Erhard Walther
Werkmonographie 1955 - 1963; Material zum 1. Werksatz 1963 - 1969

Profusely illustrated catalogue raisonné of German artist Franz Erhard Walther, published in conjunction with show held at the Kunsthalle Tübingen, Germany, May 11, 1972 – July 9, 1972. Features generous documentation of his works from the 1960s and 1970s, including many great works in paper and fabric.
This book is in AS NEW condition, published in 1972.
Text in German with an English introduction.

Edited by Götz Adriani.
Text by Manfred Schmalriede.

Having participated in Harald Szeemann’s legendary When Attitudes Become Form (1969) and dOCUMENTA V (1972) as well as the Museum of Modern Art’s landmark Spaces (1970), Walther’s remarkable coupling of elementary forms with conceptual ideas and a radical rethinking of the relationship between sculpture and action, has become so influential to the contemporary practices of young artists today.
The German conceptualist and sculptor Franz Erhard Walther counts among those artists who, in the 1960s, sought to undermine the authorial role of the artist in favour of a more democratic aesthetic dependent on the interaction of viewer and object; simple and individual acts such as folding and lying, leaning and stepping are either the source of his often minimal works or the means by which individual viewers may interact with them. His means of sculptural expression often involved the use of soft materials. His canvas sculptures are simply meant to be held, worn, lain in or stood under, usually by two or more people, creating strange moments of social intimacy and spatial awareness.

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