10 April 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 9,375
Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 9,000
HANS PETER FELDMANN
Bilder -- Pictures. Portfolio 1. Hilden: Hans Peter Feldmann, 1968-1971.
10 vols, various formats (89-220 mm x 105-210 mm). Original grey and blue grey wrappers, front covers stamped; original cardboard portfolio with black cloth ties (light scattered spotting, and some wear at folds).
FIRST EDITION. RARE. "The small artist's books simply entitled either Bild (Picture) or Bilder (Pictures) that Hans Peter Feldmann made between 1968 and 1976, constitute ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BODIES OF ARTIST'S BOOKWORKS IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY" (The Photobook). In 1968 Feldmann had given up painting in favor of found and mass-produced photographs. The Bilder series count amongst his earliest attempts to challenge the relationship between context and meaning: photographs "are without meaning or are at least blank canvases upon which we are free to construct meaning" (The Photobook). Complete with 10 booklets: Airplanes (1968), Knees (1969), Families (1970), 2 Girls (1970), Coat (1970), Shoes (1971), Mountains (1971), Clouds (1971), Football Players (1971), and Pyramid (1971). The Open Book, pp.234-235; The Photobook, vo. I, pp.158-161. (10)
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