ANSELM KIEFER - ARTIST'S BOOK - HOFFMANN VON FALLERSLEBEN AUF HELGOLAND 1 of 500
HOFFMANN VON FALLERSLEBEN AUF HELGOLAND. An ARTISTS' BOOK by ANSELM KIEFER.
Published by Groningen Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands, 1980. Limited to only 500 copies, as stated at the bottom of the back cover.
This was Kiefer's third artists' book. It was published on the occasion of his exhibition in the Groningen Museum in an edition of 500 copies, instead of an exhibition catalog. The book shows the installation "Hoffmann von Fallersleben auf Helgoland" in 82 full-bleed b&w photographic illustrations.
Hardcover book, stiff card boards and cloth covered spine, black lettering embossed on the front cover, spine and back cover, 8.5x12 inches (21.5x30 cm), no dustjacket as issued.
An artists' book containing 82 full page photographic illustrations, no text.
VERY GOOD condition, the covers have a bit of corner tip wear and some rubbing to the spine ends, there is a small label of "Laura L. Carpenter" (aka Laura Carpenter Fine Art) on the upper corner of the front free endpaper, and an associated small label at the bottom spine corner of the rear cover, otherwise tight, bright, clean, clear and unmarked. A solid, very presentable copy.
ANSELM KIEFER, b.1945, is an important German-Austrian artist. His works are in the collection of many major museums in the U.S. and throughout the world. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York owns 20 of his watercolors. You can read about Anselm Kiefer and his works on his Wikipedia page.
An interesting side-note about Laura L. Carpenter/Laura Carpenter Fine Art, the previous owner of this book. Laura Carpenter was a fine arts gallery owner in Santa Fe who became very close friends with a wealthy woman. The wealthy woman poured over $1.5 into Laura's gallery. Things didn't go so well with the Gallery or the friendship. Bankruptcy and lawsuits followed. The curious can search Laura Carpenter Fine Art to read the ugly details.