ORIGINALE: Einladungskarten 2005–2013
Swiss-based German artist Thomas Müllenbach’s (b. 1949) series Semi-originals (2005–13) is the point of departure for this substantial monograph on the artist’s interpretation of the countless invitations to exhibitions and art events he found in his mailbox every day—documentary evidence, as it were, of the day-to-day art scene. Transposing this ephemera into watercolor pictures of his own—from Dürer to van Gogh, Giacometti to Dieter Roth, figurative treatments to abstract color composi- tions—Müllenbach’s watercolors play on their familiarity. Neither forgeries nor copies, Müllenbach’s “handmade appropriations” subvert the collective understanding of the sense, purpose and value of the visible and question our understanding of the familiar. Lush and well presented, the simple watercolors are accompanied by each original artist’s name discreetly noted on the opposite page. This publication coin- cides with the upcoming major survey of Müllenbach’s work at the Kunsthalle Zürich.
Softcover / 6 ½ x 9 inches / 368 pp / 178 color
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