This artist's book houses seven CDs that were the audio accompaniment to German conceptual artist Lothar Baumgarten's 2009 exhibition at the Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria. Each disc contains an hour of audio recorded on a remote peninsula in the Hudson River, the shrieking and croaking of native fauna broken by the occasional Amtrak train. The book opens with photographs and an essay by the artist.
Published by Kunsthaus Bregenz. Edited by Kaira Cabanas. Text by Christian Rattemeyer, Thomas Bartscherer, John Curley, Amy Rosenblum Martín.
This monograph is a compendium of Lothar Baumgarten’s work and artistic thinking. The various essential aspects of his work, such as language, architecture, photography and history are highlighted in four essays. A current interview with the artist, conducted by Christian Rattemeyer, a biography of his work and a well-informed introduction by co-editor Kaira Cabañas make this publication the first seminal book on Lothar Baumgarten. As with many of the artist’s previous book projects, the form and typograph of both these publications were conceived by Walter Nikkels for and with Lothar Baumgarten.
Published by Richter Verlag. Artwork by Lothar Baumgarten.
One of the art world's leading figures for more than three decades, the German installation artist Lothar Baumgarten is known for his subtle cultural critique. His often site-specific installations reflect his interest in ethnographic layers and historical circumstances. For example, in 1978 he lived for a year with an Indian tribe in Venezuela, and during a long spell of illness--he caught two different but equally dispiriting forms of malaria--he taught himself the printed history of the area in its every detail. In Air, Baumgarten assembles a series of impressive black-and-white photographs of Venetian chimneys, which have distinguished the Venice skyline since the Middle Ages.