Gerhard Richter. Atlas of the Photographs Collages and Sketches. Introduction by Helmut Friedel. Edited by Helmut Friedel and Ulrich Wilmes. Design by Kuhle and Mozer. Athony d'Offay Gallery, London /Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, 1997. 392 pp. Thick quarto. First edition thus. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. 633 sheets with over 5000 color and black-and-white reproductions and illustrations.
NOTE: Of the several editions of Atlas published beginning in 1972, this is the one pictured in Parr & Badger, The Photobook, A History, vol. II.
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The massive, 1997
"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
Fine+ in Fine dust jacket (tiny nick on spine). .