For most of his career, German visual artist Hans-Peter Feldmann (born 1941) has been a virtuoso reappropriator of images, mining visual culture both high and low to create assemblages of disparate symbology. His Voyeur project presents a unique series of photographic artist’s books filled to the brim with juxtapositions, each page composed of images sourced from all areas of modern life. Excerpts from film, photojournalism, advertisements, fine art, amateur photos, pornography and scientific illustrations, some instantly recognizable and some utterly obscure, appear in the seventh edition of Feldmann’s series. Questions of copyright and commercialization are hinted at but never answered as Feldmann encourages readers to draw their own conclusions about the artistic value of ephemeral curation. Readers may leaf through the book as one might a stranger’s personal scrapbook, creating their own narratives from the contextless images.
Documentary filmmaker Ralph Goertz accompanied German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann (born 1941) over five years in his studio and during the setup of various exhibitions. Eschewing formal interviews, the film offers a personal portrait of the artist and his attitude toward art.
This sixth volume in Hans-Peter Feldmann's (born 1941) ongoing, much-loved and now-classic artist's book series offers a chaotic compendium of movie stills, photojournalism, ads, amateur photos, pornography, art, scientific imagery, archival imagery, found photographs and much else, dipping into the iconographic whirlpool of our times and bringing up a world both familiar and incongruous. From the very first page (there is no title page), Feldmann's carefully composed sequencing and design invites the reader to interpret the black-and-white photographs as a narrative--something that is only intermittently possible, but compelling and almost inevitable--like a photo book in comic-book form. Most of the images include faces, and occasionally, familiar figures such as Mohammed Ali, Isabella Rossellini or Henry Miller loom out from the image continuum, among those whose anonymity endows the book with a sense of vast scale and reach, as if traversing the entire history of photography.
Hans-Peter Feldmann's (born 1941) numerous artist's books have become perhaps the most celebrated part of his oeuvre. For the first time, Feldmann presents a publication for children, with nearly 800 paintings from art history, aiming to acquaint young readers with numbers, colors and the alphabet. Note text is German only.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Helena Tatay. Foreword by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones, Dirck Luckow. Text by Brigitte Huck, Helena Tatay. Conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Helena Tatay.
Hans-Peter Feldmann (born 1941) is a virtuoso taxonomist of contemporary visual culture. Published for Feldmann’s major 2012 exhibition at the Serpentine Galllery in London (which travels to Vienna and Hamburg), Catalogue compiles well-known images alongside new and unseen works, including selections from the artist’s private photo albums and reproductions of early book works from the late 1960s on. Grids of seagulls and postcards share space with lighthearted photobooth snaps of people crossing their eyes and a variety of other visual gags. At once intimate and accessible, Catalogue includes a lengthy, playful interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist and Helena Tatay, in which Feldmann looks back over his career, discussing inspirational figures such as Marcel Broodthaers, Bruno Goller and Konrad Klapheck and his favorite books.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Helena Tatay.
Culling from magazines, books and using his own roving camera, Hans-Peter Feldmann douses the culture, sifting and sorting pictures of shoes, chairs, unmade beds, bicycles, at once neutralizing and relating each to the other. Handsomely designed and composed, Another Book is a scrapbook of the zeitgeist.
A woman in a hospital bed. A postcoital couple. Two kids in the woods. A burlesque dancer. A group of flappers on the beach. A coal miner. An Afghan rebel with a machine gun. A pregnant woman. Picasso. Chet Baker. Female welders on break. A group of nuns. All smoking. This concise artist's book is an homage and a small consolation. Düsseldorf cult conceptual photographer Hans-Peter Feldmann, who has smoked for 30 years, here attacks the burgeoning international movement against smoking in public places with a series of found photographs that illustrate the positive sides of the act.