Published by Marsilio Arte. Edited with text by Gabriella Belli, Janne Sirén. Text by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Salvatore Settis, Massimo Donà, Jean de Loisy, Elisabetta Barisoni.
Can there be such a thing as a public art founded on universal values? This was the question that the German artist Anselm Kiefer (born 1945) tackled while conceiving his installation for the Doge’s Palace in Venice. Invited to participate in the celebration of the city’s 1600th anniversary, Kiefer developed a project specifically for the Chamber of the Ballot, an immense room inside the Gothic palace: a series of paintings in dialogue with the heroic values inscribed in the chamber’s 33 artworks by the Italian masters Tintoretto, Andrea Vicentino and Palma the Giovane. The series, These writings, when burned, will finally cast a little light, takes its title from the writings of the Venetian philosopher Andrea Emo. This volume gathers a series of philosophical and art historical responses to Kiefer’s installation, featuring essays by Janne Sirén, Gabriella Belli and Hans Ulrich Obrist, among others.
Published by Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac. Edited by Oona Doyle, Daniel Ehrmann, Sophie Leimgruber, Peter Stephan Jungk.
Für Andrea Emo brings together around twenty paintings and three vitrines alongside recent diaries of Anselm Kiefer (born 1945). Dedicated to nihilist philosopher Andrea Emo, Kiefer's use of molten lead on painted canvases reflects his interest in the concept of destruction and regeneration.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Edited by Antonia Hoerschelmann, Klaus Albrecht Schröder. Text by Antonia Hoerschelmann.
Unlike almost any other contemporary German artist, Anselm Kiefer (born 1945) has rendered the horrors of recent history and created profound works of art with mythological, religious and philosophical themes, in subtle layers that alternately cover as well as uncover one another—that contain the knowledge of the inevitable transformation and dissolution of all matter, at once monumental and material-related. These fundamental elements also inform his woodcuts. This catalogue, accompanying the retrospective of the same name at the Albertina, Vienna, deals with these for the first time. More than 35 major works comprise the most important cycles and thematic groups and demonstrate their variety, from the earliest works in traditional book format and the fascinating large-format works titled Brunhilde: Grane, to the Ways of Worldly Wisdom: Arminius’s Battle and the Rhine woodcuts.
Published by Royal Academy Publications. By Richard Davey.
Born in Germany in 1945, Anselm Kiefer is one of the most important artists of his generation. His works encompassing and transcending painting, sculpture, photography, and installation are epic in both scale and subject matter; in them, Kiefer wrestles with the darkness of German history, unearthing the taboos that underlie the collective past and interweaving them with Teutonic mythology, cosmology, and meditations on the nature of belief. This superbly designed volume, accompanying a major retrospective and including new works especially made for the exhibition, explores the themes that run through Kiefer s oeuvre, from the complex relationship between art and spirituality to the influence of German woodcuts and folklore.
Published by Royal Academy Publications. By Richard Davey.
Born in Germany in 1945, Anselm Kiefer is one of the most important artists of his generation. His works--encompassing and transcending painting, sculpture, photography, and installation--are epic in both scale and subject matter; in them, Kiefer wrestles with the darkness of German history, unearthing the taboos that underlie the collective past and interweaving them with Teutonic mythol-ogy, cosmology, and meditations on the nature of belief. This superbly designed volume, accompanying a major retrospective and including new works especially made for the exhibition, explores the themes that run through Kiefer's oeuvre, from the complex relationship between art and spirituality to the influence of German woodcuts and folklore.
Published by Silvana Editoriale. Text by Beate Reifenscheid.
Presenting highlights from the breadth of Anselm Kiefer’s (born 1945) career to date, Memorabilia looks at themes of remembrance, loss, historical evocation and reference to mythology in the artist’s oeuvre. Kiefer is a modernist in his tendency to freight his paintings and bookworks with allusions that demand literacy and active explication on the viewer’s part; as author Dieter Ronte puts it, “Kiefer is both an enlightener and a poet … he requires education and the willingness to learn and experience new things with him.” Memorabilia thus goes to the emotional and intellectual heart of the artist’s work. Published for an exhibition at the Museum Ludwig (based on the collection of Peter and Irene Ludwig), this themed Kiefer overview includes 100 color reproductions.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 9 x 11 in. / 192 pgs / 100 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 4/30/2013 Out of stock indefinitely
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Published by White Cube. Edited by Honey Luard. Text by Alex Danchev.
Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom gathers the eponymous series of paintings by Anselm Kiefer (born 1945), begun in 2000 and derived from photographs taken on a trip to China in 1993. The title refers to a common misquotation of a phrase of Chairman Mao’s (“Let a hundred flowers bloom”). Kiefer’s abundantly blooming landscapes illustrate this expression, and reflect on the bitterly ironic disparity between Mao’s espousal of plurality and his massive suppression of dissent. In some paintings, the figure of Mao can be seen either painted within the landscape, emerging from the flowers his hand in a beckoning salute or, in some cases, painted on a section of canvas placed either above the central panel or on one side. Published for Kiefer’s exhibition at White Cube Hong Kong, this clothbound volume reproduces these paintings and two sculptures of bicycles crushed by books.
Over the past four decades, Anselm Kiefer has produced a diverse body of work in painting, sculpture, and installation that has made him among the most important artists of his generation.
His subject matter includes sources as diverse as Teutonic mythology and history, alchemy, and the nature of belief, all depicted in a bewildering variety of materials, including oil paint, dirt, lead, models, photographs, woodcuts, sand, straw, and all manner of organic material. By adding found materials to the painted surface of his immense tableaux, he invents a compelling third space between painting and sculpture.
With more than 400 color images of the artist’s works, this catalog presents works which have rarely shown in public and his most recent works.
It includes critical essays, an interview with the artist, and a chronology detailing his long career.
Germano Celant was senior curator of contemporary art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York from 1989 to 2008. Internationally known for his writings on Arte Povera, in 1987 he received the Frank Jewett Mather Award, the most prestigious American prize for art criticism. He has been a contributing editor at Artforum since 1977 and at Interview since 1991.
Published by Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac. Edited by Arne Ehmann. Poem by Christoph Ransmayr.
Among the many artists who have broached the motifs and themes of alchemy, Anselm Kiefer (born 1945) is pre-eminent in his concern with the transformation of earthly elements such as oil, straw, lead, mercury, stone, metal, rust and mud. Alkahest documents the artist’s latest series of both monumental and smaller paintings, as well as sculptures, which explore the titular alchemical term. Kiefer defines the term and his uses of it thus: “’Alkahest’ signifies that there is a solution which can dilute any substance. Dilution is of course something very important for me. I often lay pictures on the floor and pour water over them, or pour on water that has paint dissolved in it. So I’m exposing them to dilution.” Alkahest features color reproductions of the series as well as a poem by Christopher Ransmayr.
Published by Ivorypress. Edited by Elena Ochoa Foster.
Anselm Kiefer's Die Argonauten series was inspired by a casual dinner with friends. At the end of a meal, the artist noted the table's resemblance to a battlefield, and this quickly led him to delve into the Greek myth of Jason and the Argonauts. Despite the unlikely informality of the original prompt, Kiefer's choice to reinterpret the hero Jason's quest for the golden fleece continues central motifs in his work of violence, chauvinism and systems of power--derived, as ever, from the artist's assiduous study of poetry, mythology and cultural history. The project evolved into an installation composed of various totemic objects and weathered remnants, left over, so it appears, from Jason's quest. The third publication in Ivory Press' Liber artis series, Anselm Kiefer: Die Argonauten reproduces this ambitious series for the first time, along with a text by the artist.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 4 x 6 in. / 80 pgs / 27 bw.
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Published by Kukje Gallery. Text by Sabine Lee. Interview by Sue Kim.
Internationally celebrated for his unsparing formal investigations into the psychology of tragedy, Anselm Kiefer's work has always been rooted fundamentally in the metaphor of rebirth, rendered through his epic-scaled vision of nature. Nowhere is this vision better illustrated than in Geheimnis der Farne (Secrets of the Fern), a monumental series of relief paintings that elaborate the motif of the world's oldest plant--the fern--amid evocations of earth and coagulated matter. This beautiful new monograph from Kukje Gallery in Seoul reproduces the series in full-color gatefolds, offering close scrutiny of this exquisite and dramatic work. Also included are reproductions of recent works on canvas that use such materials as shellac, clay and lead, and sculptures such as the sculpture of seven lead books heaped up on a rock pedestal, that was exhibited in Kiefer's acclaimed exhibition at the Louvre in 2007. Please note that only a limited quantity of this volume is available.
PUBLISHER Kukje Gallery
BOOK FORMAT Clth, 10 x 12 in. / 108 pgs / illustrated throughout.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 5/31/2011 Out of stock indefinitely
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2011 p. 83
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Published by Walther König, Köln. Foreword by Herwig Guratzsch. Text by Christoph Ransmayr, Klaus Dermutz, Eva Karcher.
This monograph presents, for the first time, detailed examinations of 18 works by Kiefer, all culled from the renowned Grossman collection. Of special note is Kiefer's 2001 36-page lead and acrylic book dedicated to the seventeenth-century English mystic Robert Fludd. In German only.
Published by Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac. Interview by Klaus Dermutz.
Published to accompany German Expressionist Anselm Kiefer's 2008 exhibition at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, this exquisitely produced volume features black-and-white documentary photographs of the artist and his fabled indoor-outdoor Paris studio, a very generous selection of color reproductions and details and an insightful interview of Kiefer by Klaus Dermutz. The work itself is a cycle of roughly 30 paintings and one sculpture from 2007 and 2008 that deal with the biblical figure of the Virgin Mary. Its title, which translates as Maria Walks amid the Thorn, refers to an old German Christmas carol that has been popular for the better part of the past century. Some of the works in this important new cycle were started in the 1970s and completed in recent months with Keifer's unique "sedimenting" method.
Published by Richter Verlag. Edited by Klaus Gallwitz. Text by Hans Dickel, Janine Schmutz, Sabine Schütz.
Since the 1970s, Anselm Kiefer has explored existential issues in monumental canvases, woodcuts, photo sequences and lead-bound tomes. He is one of the most important and best-known post-war German painters. This volume explores two recent bodies of work, Hermann's Battle and The Women of the French Revolution.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Text by Mark Rosenthal, Joseph Thompson.
Anselm Kiefer creates works of art that invoke recent historical lessons in tragedy and human folly for a generation that might prefer to ignore the past. Visually overwhelming and sublime in scale, Kiefer's work sits at the juncture of historical confrontation and allegorical redemption. A collaborative endeavor between Derneberg Publications, the Hall Collection and MASS MoCA, Sculpture and Painting presents a selection of works from the Fairfield, Connecticut-based Hall Collection, and spans the past three decades of Kiefer's practice. It includes 14 individual plates, installation views of MASS MoCA's exhibition and comprehensive details of the works. A foreword by Joseph Thompson, Director of MASS MoCA, presents Kiefer's work as both passionate and cautionary, while art historian Mark Rosenthal's essay likens Kiefer's works to the labors of a war poet, simultaneously despairing and demanding.
Published by Charta. Essays by Lia Rumma, Marco Belpoliti, Roberto Andreotti, Frederico De Melis and Fabrizio Tramontano.
In the chaos of Milan's swiftly-converting industrial quarter, one massive space has been set aside for contemporary art. Merkaba documents Hangar Bicocca's first installation, the seven title towers, from the prototype stage to installation by cranes and pulleys to the spotlight. Each precarious-looking spire of cement and lead boxes has a name of its own as well. "Falling Stars," "Sternenlager," "Die Sefiroth," "Tzim-Tzum," "Shevirat Ha-Kelim," "Tiqqun" and "The Seven Heavenly Palaces." Their towering silhouettes, some as many as 50 feet high, are as mystical as their titles suggest, but they also seem to make reference to all that is changing and staying the same in the city where they stand, home both to early sacred and secular towers and contemporary skyscrapers. Kiefer, known best for his reckonings with German history, proves that he can work the same alchemy elsewhere.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 9 x 11 in. / 136 pgs / 58 color and 64 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 9/15/2006 No longer our product
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2006 p. 111
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Published by Gagosian Gallery. Essay by Harold Bloom. Foreword by St. John Perse. Introduction by Ealan Wingate.
According to the Kabbala, the Merkaba and Hechaloth literature deals specifically with the ascent to the seven heavenly palaces or temples, which represent the seven attainments of divine spirituality. Kiefer's spiritual architecture of the heavenly palaces bring the seas and land, heavens and earth back together. His poetry of images unites NASA's cosmological ordering of the stars with the mystical ordering of the ascent.
PUBLISHER Gagosian Gallery
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 10.75 x 12.25 in. / 120 pgs / 60 color / 13 duotone
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 4/2/2003 No longer our product
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2003
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Published by Hatje Cantz. Essay by Markus Brüderlin.
Born in the final weeks of World War II--in what Germans who wished to erase it from collective memory called Year Zero--Anselm Kiefer has long sought to come to grips with his country's Nazi past. This monograph traces his development as an artist through four blocks of work which reflect the most important currents in his complex oeuvre. Moving chronologically from microcosm to macrocosm, from the intimate spaces of "Attic Images" in the 70s through the vaster "Stone Halls" of the early 80s and the archaic-looking clay architectures he created in the 90s, Kiefer's pictorial spaces climaxed in the endless universes of "Images of the Cosmos and Constellations," painted at the close of the century. With the monumental "Sunflower Paintings," the progression was complete and he returned to earth. Also included are photographs by Thomas Flechtner which document the greenhouses, underground corridor systems, and installations realized by Kiefer at his studio estate in Barjac since 1993.