Daniel Richter - Greif Zur Feder, Gymnasiastin - 2020
The relationship between art and life has been central to the evolution of modern art. In the German Democratic Republic, a cultural program, the “Bitterfelder Weg,” was established to intimately connect art and life, to dismantle the alienation between artists and citizens and thus support the realization of a socialist utopia.
The program’s motto, “Greif zur Feder, Kumpel! Die sozialistische Nationalliteratur braucht dich!” (Grab the pen, mate! The socialist national literature needs you!), encouraged workers to contribute to the GDR’s cultural character. Daniel Richter, known for colorful figurative paintings that often appropriate historical and art-historical subjects, took inspiration from this motto for his edition on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of “Texte zur Kunst.”
On one side of this diptych lithograph, Richter paraphrases the motto in the form of a political poster, replacing “mate” (Kumpel) with “schoolgirl” (Gymnasiastin). On the other side, the artist appropriates CasparDavid Friedrich’s motif from “Der Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer” – another quintessential symbol in German history: a windswept figure looks out into the abyss. It is a creative call to arms and a commitment to history.
Size: 53.5 x 76 cm
Edition of 30 + 10 AP + 2 PP
Numbered and signed on the front.
Price: € 1,500
Christopher Williams - Provisional Prop (Tzk) - 2020
Christopher Williams’s anniversary edition for “Texte zur Kunst” ponders the beauty of a gleaming pair of black leather shoes, a staple of business attire. Many of Williams’s pictures emulate the extraordinary elegance and precision of advertising photography, but as the title, “Provisional Prop (Texte zur Kunst), 2020,” already suggests, this shot foregrounds the makeshift quality of the items, which act as stand-ins for the actual product.
The provisional nature of the arrangement is most evident in the fact that the setting in which the image of the shoes was captured, including the required photographic equipment, is reflected in the shoes’ polished surfaces; this is further underscored by annotations identifying individual elements such as “Lighting Cove” and “Ceiling.” Closer inspection reveals that the picture is a fictional draft for a “Texte zur Kunst” cover. Modeling the shoe leather of critique, the work is an exceptional gift for this birthday girl!
Medium: Offset print
Size: 29 x 41.4 cm
Edition of 30 + 10 AP
Numbered and signed on the back.
Price: € 1,500