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Artist’s Books: The Collection

In the exhibition Artist’s Books, the Hamburger Kunsthalle is for the first time presenting a selection of the best-known publications and photo books by artists from its collection of some 3,000 exemplars. Accompanying the books on display, designed by artists from Joseph Beuys and John Cage to Dieter Roth and Wolf Vostell, and also including members of the younger generation such as Yto Barrada, will be a selection of artworks from the collection of the Gallery of Contemporary Art that relate directly to the publications. These include primarily conceptual artworks by Sol LeWitt, Ed Ruscha, Lawrence Weiner and Richard Long.

In the 1960s, the genre of the artist’s book was greatly expanded by the integration of a wide range of media including actions, happenings, audience participation, and everyday materials. Artists drew on various means of expression for the form and content of their book objects: script, drawing, musical notation, stamping, photocopies, painting, collage and mechanical printing techniques. The publications conjoin poetry and documentation, taking the form of manifestos, sketch books, multiples or political proclamations and thus becoming a field for experimentation that transcends traditional concepts of the book.

In recent years, young artists in particular have rediscovered the artist’s book, a trend that is evident at international forums such as the now-legendary NY Art Book Fair in New York. Artist’s record albums are also enjoying a renaissance. Categorised simply as “vinyl”, artist-designed LPs and album covers from the Kunsthalle collection will also figure in the show.

Participating artists:
Marina Abramovic (*1946), Carl Andre (*1935), Ida Applebroog (*1929), John Baldessari (*1931), Robert Barry (*1936), Thomas Bayrle (*1937), Joseph Beuys (1921-1986), Bernhard Johannes Blume (1921-2011), Claus Böhmler (1939-2017), Christian Boltanski (*1944), George Brecht (*1926), Günter Brus (*1938), Werner Büttner (*1954), James Lee Byars (1932-1977), Ernst Caramelle (*1952), Francisco Clemente (*1952), Hanne Darboven (1941-2006), Marcel van Eeden (*1965), Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006), Hamish Fulton (*1946), Jochen Gerz (*1940), Gilbert & George (d. i. Gilbert Prousch, *1943 und George Passmore, *1942), Dick Higgins(1938-1998), Roni Horn (*1955), Douglas Huebler (*1924), Jörg Immendorff (1945-2007), Ilja Kabakov (*1933), Allan Kaprow (1927-2006), On Kawara (1933-2014), Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997), Jürgen Klauke (*1943), Joseph Kosuth (*1945), Sol LeWitt (1928-2007), Richard Long (*1945), Robert Morris (*1931), George Maciunas (1931-1978), Mario Merz (1925-2003), Annette Messager (*1943), Maurizio Nannucci (*1939), Bruce Nauman (*1941), Albert Oehlen (*1954), Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005), A. R. Penck (1939-2017), Sigmar Polke (1941-2010), Tobias Rehberger (*1966), Gerhard Richter (*1932), Dieter Roth (1930-1998), Ed Ruscha (*1937), Michael Snow (*1929), Tomas Schmit (*1943), David Shrigley (*1968), Dayanita Singh (*1961), Daniel Spoerri (*1930), Endre Tót (*1937), Ulay (d. i. Frank Uwe Laysiepen, *1943), Timm Ulrichs (*1940), Ben Vautier (*1935), Andy Warhol (1928-1987), Lawrence Weiner (*1942), Emmet Williams (1925-2007), Christopher Wool (*1955)

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