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Materialhandlung

Materialhandlung, 2012 - Franz Erhard Walther

Materialhandlung, 2012

Franz Erhard Walther

Print, Work on paper, Mixed Media
30 x 42 cm / 11.81 x 16.54 inch
Edition of 80 copies, numbered and signed by the artist on recto side
€290

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  • Medium: Ditone print and graphite
  • This work is unframed
  • Ships in 5 to 10 business days from Berlin (DE)

about this work

This edition represents the merger of several threads leading through the artist’s work: a ditone print of a graphite drawing made by the artist in 2012 related to his handwritten and drawn autobiography Sternenstaub (2007–2009), though seemingly abstract, in fact loosely depicts an image of the artist painting in front of an easel in 1959. As a reactivation of the original drawn incident, Walther has individually gone through and written – in his distinctive, almost drawn, handwriting – a few words on each print with graphite. This act also serves to imbue each work with the aura of the artist – an essential element in the trajectory leading from the artist, through the work, and to the viewer.

about Franz Erhard Walther

°1939, Fulda (DE) – lives and works in Fulda (DE) 

Franz Erhard Walther is a pivotal figure in postwar German art history, embodying both correspondences and departures from the American tradition and the milestone of 1960s Minimalism. His sculptural work, like that of Donald Judd and Robert Morris, often sought to engage viewer perception as well as the forms of exhibition and storage that framed it – concerns that have proven to be of increasing significance for contemporary art in recent years. Drawing, though, has always been a primary way in which the artist has articulated his unique perspective on the art work, viewership, and their performative dimensions. As was evident in the photographic series Versuch, eine Skulptur zu sein (1958), which was included in the artist’s solo exhibition at ZKM, Karlsruhe, this year, his own body and the way in which it is conceived of by viewers has also been a significant site for this investigation.

(courtesy of Texte Zur Kunst)

Franz Erhard Walther had numerous solo exhibitions. Recent solo exhibitions include Reina Sofia, Madrid; Ludwig Forum, Aachen; The Power Plant, Toronto; CAPC, Bordeaux; Dia Art Foundation, Beacon – New York; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Geneva; and Wiels, Brussels.

Recent group show include Casa Franca Brasil, Rio de Janeiro; Drawing Room, London; Fondazione Prada, Venice; Haus der Kunst, München; MUMOK, Vienna; CIFO Art Space, Miami; Museu Serralves, Porto; and K21, Düsseldorf. At the 2017 Venice Biennale, Franz Erhard Walther won the Golden Lion for the best artist.

Franz Erhard Walther is represented by the following galleries;
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KOW, Berlin  

Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris 

Peter Freeman Inc, New York 

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