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Walther König, Köln

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Hardcover, 10 x 9.75 in. / 256 pgs / 205 color.

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Catalog: SPRING 2012 p. 13   

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ISBN 9783863350871 TRADE
List Price: $65.00 CDN $75.00

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Frankfurt, Germany
Schirn Kunsthalle, 10/22/11-01/29/12

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Kienholz: Signs of the Time

Edited by Max Hollein, Martina Weinhart. Foreword by Max Hollein. Introduction by Martina Weinhart. Text by Dietmar Dath, Martina Weinhart, Cécile Whiting. Interview with Nancy Reddin Kienholz by Martina Weinhart.

Featured image, of Kienholz "performing abrasive cutting," is reproduced from <I>Kienholz: Signs of the Time</I>.This new Ed Kienholz overview casts the Los Angeles assemblage pioneer as a powerful moral force in postwar art. Kienholz (1927-1994) was a polarizing presence in American art from the start of his career, when his first large-scale installation Roxy’s--a recreation of a brothel--was shown at the Ferus gallery in 1962 (it later caused a huge stir at Documenta 4 in 1968). War, racism, sexism and media exploitation were among his recurrent themes, and he tackled them with an ethical clarity that, at the time, was frequently mistaken for shock tactics. This substantial monograph--the first since his major touring retrospective of 1996--includes more than 200 color plates of Kienholz’s assemblages, reasserting his art as a morally driven enterprise, and pointing towards his ongoing influence among contemporary artists such as Jonathan Meese, Thomas Hirschhorn and John Bock.
Edward Kienholz (1927-1994) was born in Fairfield, Washington, and grew up on a farm, where he acquired the mechanical and carpentry skills that he was later apply to his art. He moved to Los Angeles in 1955, and opened the NOW gallery in 1956. That year he met Walter Hopps, with whom he opened the legendary Ferus gallery, and began to construct assemblages from detritus found on the streets, which soon developed into large tableaux. Throughout the 1960s, Kienholz’s art was frequently a subject of controversy for its brutal depiction of racism and misogyny in America. In 1981, Kienholz officially declared that all his work from 1972 on should be retrospectively understood to be coauthored by his wife and collaborator, Nancy Reddin Kienholz. Kienholz died suddenly in Idaho on June 10, 1994, from a heart attack. He was buried inside one of his works, a 1940 Packard coupe containing a deck of cards, a bottle of wine and the ashes of his dog Smash.

Featured image, of Kienholz "performing abrasive cutting," is reproduced from Kienholz: Signs of the Time.

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Art in America

Stephen Maine

The catalogue accompanies a retrospective of Edward Kienholz's pioneering installations, and the couple's extended collaboration under the Kienholz name, at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, this past winter, now on view at the Museum Tinguely, Basel, through May 13. In the book's foreword, Schirn director and exhibition co-curator Max Hollein touts Kienholz's strategic "transgression of boundaries" both thematic and formal, stoked by a free-thinking West Coast avant-garde. This reputation was galvanized in 1966-some six years before Edward and Nancy met-by accusations of pornography from municipal officials who threatened to shut down the Edward Kienholz retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Edited by Michael Juul Holm. Introduction by Paul Erik Tøjner, Anders Kold. Text by Roberto Ohrt, Thomas McEvilley. Interview with Paul McCarthy.

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ISBN: 9788791607967 | US $39.95

Pub Date: 12/31/2012
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