Four books from Hatje Cantz

Black Paintings: Robert Rauschenberg, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko, Frank Stella

( ND 237 .R176 A4 2006 )
During the late 1940s, famous artists from the New York School—Robert Rauschenberg, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko, Frank Stella, and Barnett Newman—intently studied the color black. This resulted in an astonishing number of series of almost monochromatic black paintings, which today are considered treasures of internationally important collections such as the Whitney Museum in New York. Black Paintings unites these paintings for the first time. The publication sheds light on the differences between these post-war works created in New York, as well as the things they have in common. It pursues the question of what meaning they have in the context of each artist’s oeuvre. You can read an excerpt here and see pages here.

Gerhard Richter: Portraits

( M Richt .R48 G76 2006x )
The first comprehensive overview of portraits in the work of Gerhard Richter-paintings, photographs, watercolors, drawings, and prints from the sixties to the present.





Heribert C. Ottersbach: Works 1995-2006

( M Otter .O83 A4 2006 )
In recent years Heribert C. Ottersbach (*1960) and his exhibitions have again and again been favorably received by the public. His art focuses on questions regarding the history of the modern era and the various ways it is communicated through media, as well as issues such as the value of art, the significance of the studio, and the role and position of the artist in the context of contemporary society. For Ottersbach, painting is an integral element of the social discourse, a way to position the processes of thought in a painterly, visual manner. Since 1995, he has been especially occupied with producing large, partially intersecting groups of works. Containing an extensive biography of the artist, this publication surveys about 120 works dating from 1995 to 2006. It also presents Nachbilder, a series of 61 portraits created between 2004 and 2006, for the first time in its entirety.

Idyll: Illusion and Delusion

( N 6496.3 .G3 .H55 2007 )
Should today’s paintings or installations be idyllic, suggesting a perfect world? What does it mean when they do this? An idyll, which must always be read as a contrast to actual circumstances, is more than just a deceptive image. Does it perhaps have a regulating or even normative character?

This publication presents a selection of works on the theme, divided into four sections focusing on the landscape, urban, private, and utopian variants of the idyll, which explore the issues surrounding its timeliness and present radicalization. Artists featured (selection): Franz Ackermann, Alexander Braun, David Claerbout, Mark Dion, Rowena Dring, Valéry Favre, Lothar Götz,  Beate Gütschow, Tom Hunter, Danni Jakob, Stefan Kürten, Peter Land, Jonathan Monk, Sarah Morris, Olaf Nicolai, Jorge Pardo, Daniel Roth, Glen Rubsamen, Yehudit Sasportas, Stefan Sehler, Qui Shi-hua, Diana Thater, Gert & Uwe Tobias, Franceso Vezzoli, Pae White


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