VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, (2016)

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Gerhard Altenbourg, Altenbourg Book, Artist Book, 1958

Item no. 336152-12
Sold for2,500
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    • ‘Altenbourg. Zehn Reproduktionen und zwei Original-Zeichnungen’
    • Artist book with two watercolors, ten photographic reproductions (decorated by the artist in part), two studio photographs, as well as 3 title pages and imprint hand-colored by the artist in mixed media; moreover, introduction by Frank Grimm, all on handmade Altdeutsch laid paper
    • Gerhard Altenbourg (1926-1989) – German painter and graphic artist
    • The drawings signed with monogram and dated ‘GA (Dezember) 58’
    • Signed and dated ‘Altenbourg 1958’ as well as numbered ‘15’ in watercolor on the imprint; moreover, Altenbourg blindstamp
    • Catalogue raisonné: Mehnert 335; Janda, vol. II, 59/3
    • Copy 15 of 50 signed and numbered copies
    • 27 numbered pages, sewn binding
    • Edited by Galerie Springer, Berlin
    • Printed by Richard Hiller
    • Sheet dimensions: 30 x 21 cm
    • In the original yellow linen cover with two lithographed laid paper covers with the anagram of the artist (the top sheet hand-colored) and dust jacket 31 x 22.3 cm
    • In original slipcase with Altenbourg blindstamp: 31.5 x 23 cm
    • Provenance: Private collection, Germany
    • Very rare and early artist book. Altenbourg was considered exceptional in the East German art scene and was prevented until the 1980s at the exhibition of his works
    • The price for this item contains a resale rights royalty that will be paid out to the collecting society VG Bild Kunst
    • This object is sold through our Berlin office
    Checked by the Art Loss Register
  • Additional Information & Condition

    Additional Information & Condition

    Within the small edition, the books were decorated differently, going beyond the features mentioned in the title of the book. The additional drawings can be seen as a supplement to the typography, designed by Altenbourg. The two studio photographs and the ten photographs of his works are mentioned on the pre-title page.

    The sheets are minimally discolored, including a few minor fox marks. The cover is in very good condition. The cardboard slipcase is somewhat soiled and stained.

    Gerhard Altenbourg (1926-1989)
    Gerhard Altenbourg, actually Gerhard Ströch, was born in 1926 near Gotha. Shortly afterwards, the family moved to Altenburg. From 1946 to 1948, he took painting lessons with Erich Dietz, followed by studies at the University of Architecture and Visual Arts in Leipzig. After completing his studies, he lived in Altenburg as freelance artist and took the city name as his artist’s name in the mid-1950s. In 1961, he had a guest studio in the Academy of the Arts in West Berlin. In 1970, he became a full member of the Academy. He participated in the documenta II and VI. Altenbourg refused to follow the official art politics of the GDR and was therefore not allowed to exhibit his works. Today, his works can be found in major museum collections, including the MoMA in New York. (cko)

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