Published by Petzel. Edited with text by Axel Heil, Roberto Ohrt.
Asger Jorn: The Open Hide offers a concise overview of the diverse accomplishments of Danish artist Asger Jorn (1914–1973). Edited by acclaimed Jorn scholars Axel Heil and Roberto Ohrt, the book comprises over 75 images of Jorn’s work, each with complete provenance, exhibition and literature history. A comprehensive biography of the artist is also included, along with photographs and other archival material. For Jorn, a founding member of the Cobra and Situationist International movements, art was an expression of life, of activism, of an unedited freedom not confined to studio practice. "An Asger Jorn can be garish, florid, tasteless, forced, cute, flatulent, overemphatic; it can never be vulgar," wrote art historian T.J. Clark, who once declared Jorn "the greatest painter of the 1950s." As the Cobra artists undergo widespread critical reassessment, this volume helps to retrieve and contextualize Jorn’s significance.
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 8 x 10.5 in. / 80 pgs / 75 color / 25 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS PUB DATE 9/27/2016 Active
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. EXCLUSIVE CATALOG: SPRING 2017 p. 113
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In 1962, while living in Paris, Dutch painter, sculptor and editor of The Situationist Times Jacqueline de Jong (born 1939) completed a set of 11 woodcut engravings, a medium in which she rarely worked. Danish painter and writer Asger Jorn (1914–1973) adored the engravings and decided to publish them. First, however, Jorn decided to compose a set of texts to accompany the art work, turning the suite of engravings into an "erotic novel" which they called "The Case of the Ascetic Satyr." Over the course of the next decade they jotted down playful (and occasionally sexually explicit) notes to each other on anything that came to hand--exhibition flyers, cocktail napkins, even an unused sheet from Memoires, Jorn's famous collaborative artist's book with Guy Debord. The texts are mostly in English, the language Jorn and de Jong usually used together, though some are in French, Danish, Dutch or German. Wordplay is prevalent, sometimes referring to James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. In the end, the book project outlasted the relationship between the two artists, and so was never published. This beautifully produced artist's book--published in a signed and numbered edition of 200 copies--is thus not so much a facsimile as a true first edition, with the prints accompanied by replicas of the notes between the two lovers. A companion volume includes essays on the piece by leading art historians in the field, Kevin Repp, Marc Lenot, Roberto Ohrt, Karen Kurczynski and Axel Heil.
Published by Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Edited by Jacob Wamberg, Michael Juul Holm, Poul Erik Tøjner. Text by Helle Brøns.
The second publication in the Louisiana Library series, from Denmark's Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, is an in-depth look at that institution's impressive Asger Jorn collection. Jorn, a founding member of COBRA (an acronym for Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam), remains one of Denmark's most influential painters. He was also a founding member, with Guy Debord, of the Situationist International (SI). There has been a tendency to view Debord as the sole motivating figure behind the SI, but while Debord's role was indisputably central, Jorn's influence should not be underestimated. In his four years of activity with the group (1957-1961), Jorn not only continued to make some of his best paintings, he also assisted in the editing of the movement's journal, Internationale Situationniste. This volume provides an introduction to the life and work of this key figure of the European postwar art scene and is illustrated with color reproductions of the museum's entire Jorn collection.