Friedrich Christian Flick Collection Im Hamburger Bahnof

Friedrich Christian Flick Collection Im Hamburger Bahnof

by Eugen Blume
     
 

This is, quite possibly, one of the world's best designed art books. Featured within its pages are works from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection—one of the world's most significant (and yes, controversial) collections of contemporary art. But this book doesn't merely present some 400 works by 40 artists, it also seeks, through its design, to provide an

Overview

This is, quite possibly, one of the world's best designed art books. Featured within its pages are works from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection—one of the world's most significant (and yes, controversial) collections of contemporary art. But this book doesn't merely present some 400 works by 40 artists, it also seeks, through its design, to provide an individual stage—or section—for each artist in order to highlight the artist's philosophy, or to play off of his or her signature works of art. For example, Raymond Pettibon's comic-like drawings unfold to a newspaper-sized spread, while Gordon Matta-Clark's opening page has a split in it that corresponds perfectly to the cut-out in the house of his now-iconic piece, Splitting. The photograph of the house is revealed in full when the page is turned. A list of each artist's works in the collection is provided at the start of their section, which is coded with a specific color for that artist, and often features changes in paper type that correspond to a specific body of work (Larry Clark's gritty black and white Tulsa images are printed on uncoated paper, while Rachel Khedoori's Pink Room color images are made even more vibrant by high-gloss paper.) With splendid color reproductions, color-coded pages, and luxurious gatefolds, this book is not just a book about art—it is art. Anyone who has a love of art, of design, or of books will treasure this volume, which also gives detailed specs on every piece of art, and a short bio on each artist. The Friedrich Christian Flick Collection reads as a book of 40 individual monographs . . . turning each page is a treat.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783832174965
Publisher:
Dumont Buchverlag
Publication date:
03/28/2005
Pages:
585
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 12.60(h) x 2.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Peter Fischli and David Weiss were both born in Zurich, Switzerland--Fischli in 1952 and Weiss in 1946. They began to work collaboratively in 1979, and had their first solo exhibition in 1981 at the Galerie Balkon in Geneva. Solo exhibitions of their work have been organized by the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, among others. They represented Switzerland in both the 1995 and 2003 Venice Biennales, winning the Golden Lion award in 2003, and were included in the 1987 and 1997 Documentas. They live and work in Zurich.

Eija-Liisa Ahtila was born in 1959 in Hameenlinna, Finland. She started working with audio-visual media in the late 1980s, exploring experimental narrative storytelling techniques, including the connection between short films and commercials, and the possibilities of narration in splitscreens and multiscreen installations. Her films have been successfully screened in over 50 international film festivals and on television, while her installations of the films have been mounted at such venues as Documenta11 and at the Tate Modern in London.

Belgian painter, sculptor, printmaker, draftsman, filmmaker and poet, Marcel Broodthaers was born in Brussels in 1924. With no artistic training, he turned to visual art in 1964 as an ironic gesture, and spent the 11 remaining years before his death in 1976 establishing himself, in more than 70 one-man exhibitions, as an artist of influential attitude and approach.

Marlene Dumas was born in 1953 in Capetown, South Africa. After studying at the Michealis School of Fine Arts there, she relocated to the Netherlands, where she studied in Haarlem and Amsterdam. Shehas participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; the Tate Gallery, London; and the Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt.

Isa Genzken was born in 1948. She has exhibited her work in Germany and internationally since the 1970s. Her artistic vocabulary acknowledes modernism as both model and loss and is characterized by the use of a variety of often unexpected materials, ranging from kitchen utensils to newspaper headlines and press release flyers. Her work often addresses architectural themes and the experience of contemporary urbanism.

Born in Urbana, Illinois, in 1942, Dan Graham worked as a gallery and art critic before embarking on his artistic career in 1965. Over the years, he has received numerous public commissions in Europe as well as the United States, including the Children's Pavilion (1989), designed in collaboration with Jeff Wall, and the Rooftop Urban Park Project (1991), a permanent sculptural installation on the roof of the Dia Center in New York. He currently lives and works in New York.

Born in the dairy country of Minnesota in 1925, Duane Hanson is known the world over for his life-sized fiberglass and polyester resin sculptures. His call to art came early, when he carved a realistic wooden replica of Thomas Gainsborough's The Blue Boy. In 1965 he moved to Florida, where he lived until his death in 1996.

Jeff Koons was born in York, Pennsylvania, in 1955. The former Wall Street commodities broker rose to prominence in the mid-80s and has been the subject of numerous solo museum exhibitions, such as those seen at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Bilbao Guggenheim, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Koons currently lives in New York.

Gordon Matta-Clark (1943 to 1978) showed at the Holly Solomon Gallery during his lifetime. His first posthumous retrospective traveled for 4 years to 14 venues, exponentially increasing the number of museums to have exhibited his work. Further solo shows have since been held at Paris's Jeu de Paume, London's Serpentine Gallery and New York's Dia Center for the Arts.

Paul McCarthy was born in 1945 in Salt Lake City, Utah and he currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and the University of Southern California. McCarthy's artwork was brought to public attention in the 1970s with his performance pieces and works in film. Since then he has experimented with sculpture, installation and inflatable objects.

Raymond Pettibon, was born in 1957 in Tucson, but has been a resident of Los Angeles since childhood. He is best known for his comic-like illustrations, complete with captions, which have won a large following among fans of Pop Art. His extremely rare self-published books are highly sought after by collectors, and his work has been exhibited in recent years in solo shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art and David Zwirner Gallery in New York. He has also illustrated album covers for rock groups including Sonic Youth and Black Flag.

Charles Ray was born in Chicago in 1953 and had his first solo museum exhibition in 1989. Since that time, he has shown his work at museums around the world and has been included in two Venice Biennales (1993, 2003), documenta IX (1992), and four Whitney Biennials. His work was the subject of a major 1999 retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, which travelled to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Charles Ray lives and works in southern California.

Peter Fischli and David Weiss were both born in Zurich, Switzerland--Fischli in 1952 and Weiss in 1946. They began to work collaboratively in 1979, and had their first solo exhibition in 1981 at the Galerie Balkon in Geneva. Solo exhibitions of their work have been organized by the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, among others. They represented Switzerland in both the 1995 and 2003 Venice Biennales, winning the Golden Lion award in 2003, and were included in the 1987 and 1997 Documentas. They live and work in Zurich.

Larry Clark was born in 1943 and grew up in Oklahoma. Best known for his haunting portrayal of teen subculture in his photography books Tulsa and Teenage Lust, he continues to be a significant figure in contemporary art and film. His work is included in museum collections in the United States, Europe, and Asia, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Frankfurt Museum fur Moderne Kunst. Clark's groundbreaking first feature film, Kids, written by the then-19-year-old Harmony Korine, was released in 1995 to critical acclaim. Ken Park was released in 2002.

Candida Hofer was born in 1944 in Germany, and was a graduate of the Becher class at the Dusseldorf Art Academy.

Thomas Struth was born in 1954 in Gelden, Germany, He studied painting with Gerhard Richter and photography with Bernd Becher at the Dusseldorf Art Academy. His work has been exhibited internationally at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; The Saint Louis Art Museum; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. In 1997 he was awarded the Spectrum International Photography Prize.

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