Published by JRP|Editions. Edited by Clément Dirié, Letizia Ragaglia, Andrea Viliani. Text by Chiara Costa, Heidi Zuckerman. Interview by Letizia Ragaglia, Andrea Viliani.
The work of influential Swiss artist John Armleder (born 1948) has spanned many mediums, from his distinctive Furniture Sculptures to his Fluxus performances with the Écart collective, from his diverse painting series to his drawing practice, from his striking installations and wall paintings to his numerous collaborative works.
Published to accompany two simultaneous exhibitions—one a rare retrospective, and one an exhibition of installation and total environments—John Armleder: The Grand Tour immerses the reader in the artist’s world. Each copy of the book features a unique cover by the artist, treated with special color inks and glitter.
An extensive interview with the artist, an essay about Armleder’s painting and its historical relevance by curator Heidi Zuckerman, and a complete biography and bibliography supply a grand synthesis of Armleder’s influential oeuvre.
As Zuckerman puts it in her essay, underlining how Armleder has served as a role model for generations of younger contemporary artists: “In a time when the attempt to categorize as a means to understand as well as self-locate is prevalent in both life and art, John Armleder remains known for having no restrictions or fixed ways of working.”