Gerhard Richter. Edited by Fred Jahn. Text by Armin Zweite (in German). Staditsche Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich/Verlag Fred Jahn, 1989. 232 pp. Large quarto. First edition thus*. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Numerous sheets with over black-and-white reproductions and illustrations dating from the project's origins in 1962 to the date of the present publication in 1989.
EDITION NOTE: Parr/Badger, The Photobook: A History, vol. II cites the 1997 edition ( D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc., in association with Anthony d'Offay, London and Marian Goodman). The present edition pre-dates it by eight years.
See a complete, page-by-page, reproduction of a later version Atlas.
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An important edition of an immensely protean project, this version of Atlas predates the 1997 edition, published by D.A.P, New York, in association with Athony d'Offay and Marian Goodman Galleries.
"In Atlas, Richter not only reveals much of his life, and the basis for many of his paintings, but he also summarizes the concerns of many of the leading makers of artist's books from Ruscha and LeWitt to Boltanski and Feldmann. Like these other figures, Richter employs the grid as a matrix for an encyclopaedic array of imagery. In it he combines photographs with painting and graphics, found photographs with his own family snapshots, news photographs with scientific photographs, travelscapes with home life, historical with contemporary images, the vernacular with the self-conscious and all modes in between. Only 'art' photographs are conspicuous by their absence....the ultimate artist's book"--Parr & Badger
Read Lynne Cooke's essay on Atlas for Dia Center
Fine-/Fine-; a few smudges to cloth; light edge wear to jacket.