Edward Kienholz

First printing of the great “11+11 Tableaux” monographic book on the work of Edward Kienholz, published by the Moderna Museet in 1970 on the occasion of a gigantic travelling exhibition in 1970. Brought out the same year as Kienholz’s “1960 -1970” (Dusseldorf), which roughly shares the same content as this book, “11+11 Tableaux” functions as a sort-of bound archive/artist’s book of Kienholz’s major sculptural “Tableaux” works and installations throughout the 1960’s, each work illustrated through colour fold-out gloss pages and multiple black and white images, accompanied by introductory texts in English and Swedish. Also features a biography and bibliography. An incredible book on Kienholz and an enormously valuable reference source on the artist’s amazing early works. First edition.

Edward Kienholz (October 23, 1927 – June 10, 1994) was an American installation artist and assemblage sculptor whose work was highly critical of aspects of modern life. From 1972 onwards, he assembled much of his artwork in close collaboration with his artistic partner and fifth wife, Nancy Reddin Kienholz. Throughout much of their career, the work of the Kienholzes was more appreciated in Europe than in their native United States, though American museums have featured their art more prominently since the 1990s.

Art critic Brian Sewell called Edward Kienholz “the least known, most neglected and forgotten American artist of Jack Kerouac’s Beat Generation of the 1950s, a contemporary of the writers Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Norman Mailer, his visual imagery at least as grim, gritty, sordid and depressing as their literary vocabulary”.

* Condition: Good (wear/light creasing to cover and small pencil drawing to back cover, otherwise clean good copy throughout) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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