Roberta Smith called him the “madcap bad boy of contemporary German art” and also “one of the three or four best German artists of the postwar period.” Martin Kippenberger disrupted the status quo throughout his too-short, highly excessive life, not just by making art of every variety and medium but also by conducting an extended performance in the vicinity of art that involved running galleries, organising exhibitions, collecting the work of his contemporaries and overseeing assistants. He published books and catalogues, played in a rock-and-roll band and cut records, ran a performance-art space during his early years in Berlin, became part owner of a restaurant in Los Angeles during six months he spent there preparing for an exhibition, and collaborated extensively with other artists. This particular volume considers his output of artists’ books, as well as his exhibition catalogues and all the publications whose content he either created or edited. More than just documentation, this publication makes accessible for a wider public the multiple aspects of Kippenberger’s books, with all the complexity and consequence of his oeuvre intact. Edited by Uwe Koch with essays by Diedrich Diederichsen and Roberto Ohrt.
New York: D.A.P. / Distributed Art Publishers, 2003.
Second edition 4to (28 × 21.3 cm) Softcover 336 pp Texts in English and German White and fuschia wrappers with illustration and white lettering. Sewn bound. 32 plates. Illustrated in colour and b/w throughout.
Near fine. Crease to spine and light shelf wear to wrapper. Internally fine. Item ID: 1463.