Franz Erhard Walther


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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.

* Condition: Very Good (some light cover wear, rubbing and very light bumping, inside bright and clean throughout) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

Franz Erhard Walther - Arbeiten 1969 - 1976
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