Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf

Edward Kienholz
1960-1970



The fantastic Edward Kienholz “1960-1970” book-object/catalogue, published for a show curated by Pontus Hulten that toured to Städtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf in 1970. Designed by Kienholz himself, this book functions as a sort-of bound archive/artist’s book of Kienholz’s major sculptural works and installations throughout the 1960’s. Wrapped in a printed, soft, silver “faux-leather” cloth cover, bound with metal screws into a galvanised metal case, this folio compiles and surveys the work of American installation-artist/sculptor Ed Kienholz between 1960-1970, each work illustrated through colour fold-out gloss pages and multiple black and white images, accompanied by introductory texts by Jürgen Harten in English and German and a foreword by Karl Ruhrberg. Also features a biography and bibliography. An incredible, rare 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-Very Good (light curling to cove edges – standard with this book – light tanning to edges – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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