Franz Gertsch: The Seventies
Published by Hatje Cantz.
Text by Angelika Affentranger-Kirchrath, Jean-Christophe Ammann, Kathleen Bühler, Luciano Castelli, Andreas Fiedler, Matthias Frehner, Helmut Friedel, Franz Gertsch, Maria Gertsch-Meer, Josef Helfenstein, Cathérine Hug, Anette Hüsch, Peter Iseli, Rita Kersting, Harald Kunde, Christiane Lange, Rainer Michael Mason, Elisabeth Nowak-Thaller, Anna M. Schafroth, Erika Schlessinger-Költzsch, Hemma Schmutz, Bernhart Schwenk, Samuel Vitali, Guido de Werd, Anna Wesle, Beat Wismer.
Key works and archival documents from the fabled Swiss hyperrealist’s early career
In 1969, Franz Gertsch (born 1930) painted Huaa...!, depicting a man on horseback, wildly galloping, which was base on a film still found in a magazine. Photographs have formed the basis for his work ever since. Generally produced by Gertsch himself, and included in this new survey of his early career, these photographs range from snapshots of the young Gertsch family, pictures from a trip to the South of France, photos of his encounters with Luciano Castelli and his dazzling circle of friends, and portraits of Patti Smith.
Published in the year of the artist’s 90th birthday, Franz Gertsch: The Seventies presents a selection of key works from the 1970s, reproduced both in full and with details at original size. Zeroing in on these almost abstract-looking details reveals the vibrant virtuosity of the paintings and their shimmering surfaces.