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“NO DRAWING NO CRY” by MARTIN KIPPENBERGER and a change of direction

In Uncategorized on January 24, 2010 at 2:20 pm

NO DRAWING NO CRY was created in conjunction with an exhibition titled Martin Kippenberger: Hotel Drawing and the The Happy End of Franz Kafka’s “America” by the Smart Museum of Art and The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago.  The book was published posthumously as an edition of 750 by Walther Konig.

Kippenberger created the concept and design of the book before his death from liver cancer in 1997.

In the “HOTEL” series Kippenberger documented his various “homes” in hotels over a — long period of time.  HOTEL-HOTEL and HOTEL HOTEL HOTEL (the first two of the three volumes) are artists’ books of Kippenberger’s drawings on the stationary of these hotels.  NO DRAWING NO CRY is the last volume of three in Kippenberger’s “HOTEL” series.  Set apart from the previous two, this work contains only one drawing.  As a posthumous work, the absence of drawings is a poignant conclusion to the series, marking the loss of Kippenberger’s life and the end of his artistic output.

There is so much to say about NO DRAWING NO CRY in regards to the materiality and the concept, but before I proceed, I have some emails out to the curator at the Smart Museum and the Galerie Gisela Capitain in Cologne that runs the Martin Kippenberger estate.  Hopefully with their help, there will be a more comprehensive post about NO DRAWING NO CRY in the future.

Instead, THIS MONTH:

Barbara Bloom’s The Collection of Barbara Bloom


PUBLISHER: Steidl/ICP
LIST PRICE: US $ 65.00 / CAN $ 78.00
FORMAT: Paperback, 9.5 x 11.5 in. / 272 pgs / illustrated throughout.
ISBN: 9783865216212 / ISBN10: 3865216218


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