Present Time Exercise Silke Otto-Knapp

Published by Walther Koenig, Köln, 2010, 120 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 22 × 27 cm, English

Price: €20

Edited by Suzanne Cotter. Text by Catherine Wood, Jan Verwoert.

Rendered in pallid, ghostly tones, Silke Otto-Knapp’s watercolors and gouaches recall turn-of-the-century painters such as Bakst, or children’s illustrators like Arthur Rackham. Her delicately delineated vignettes of encounters, dances and isolate doings seem to take place beyond a veil, in a submarine realm of amphitheaters and botanical gardens. Present Time Exercise surveys her work from the past five years.

#2010 #janverwoert #silkeottoknapp #suzannecotter #waltherkönig
The Auratic Narrative Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda

Published by Kölnischer Kunstverein, Köln & Walther König, Köln, 2021, 52 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 30 × 26 cm, English

Price: €25

Adapted from writings by artists and critics appearing in magazines, catalogs, and other recent publications, The Auratic Narrative was conceived by Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda as a framing device for their exhibition at the Kölnischer Kunstverein in 2019. The text-as-artwork offers a dramatic account of an unnamed artist’s ambivalence toward their professional milieu. Here the narrative is presented in its entirety along with bibliographical notes and an introduction by artist and writer Ariane Müller. Photographic documentation of the exhibition–the first survey of the artists’ collaborative practice–accompanies the work. Taken together, word and image chart a course through the show and the artists’ oeuvre.

#2021 #jaychungandqtakekimaeda #kölnischerkunstverein #waltherkönig
Die Kassettenkataloge Des Städtischen Museums Mönchengladbach 1967 – 1978

Published by Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach & Walther König, Köln, 2021, 391 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 22 × 28 cm, German / English

Price: €44

For the first time, the 35 legendary box catalogues of Städtische Museum Mönchengladbach have been published as a book. Museum director Johannes Cladders developed the idea of catalogues in the form of a box with Joseph Beuys in 1967. Until 1978, Cladders worked closely with exhibiting artists to create such catalogues, which radically re-envisaged the traditional exhibition and museum publication. They embody the participatory approach of their time and instance a vision of a porous democratic work. Viewers are invited to actively participate in this artistic and institutional endeavour and engage both intellectually and physically. Researched by Susanne Rennert, designed by Petra Hollenbach, with photographs documenting all catalogues by Tobias Hohn & Stanton Taylor, and introductory essays by Susanne Rennert and Susanne Titz.

#2021 #blinkypalermo #bracodimitrijević #danielburen #hanshollein #janniskounellis #josephbeuys #marcelbroodthaers #museumabteiberg #panamarenko #pieromanzoni #richardlong #waltherkönig
The Complete Editions Blinky Palermo

Published by Walther König, Köln, 2019, 216 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 17.5 × 24.8 cm, English / German

Price: €35

Blinky Palermo, is known for his large fabric and metal pictures as well as his objects and installations. Less well known, yet no less interesting, are the works he created in editions: screen prints and offset prints, lithographs, objects, and a template for painting. In their entirety, these works not only reflect Palermo’s development from the 1960s to his early death in 1977, but also show how the artist deliberately expanded his work with the possibilities of technical reproduction. Thanks to a donation from the Cologne collector Ulrich Reininghaus, in 2018 a complete set of Palermo’s editions became part of the Museum Ludwig’s collection. After having been subject to an in-depth scholarly research, they will now be presented in an exhibition for the first time. This exhibition catalogue also includes an updated version of Fred Jahn’s out-of-print catalogue raisonné from 1983.

#2019 #blinkypalermo #waltherkönig #yilmazdziewior
Der Spiegel 1989-1991 Isa Genzken

Published by Walther König, Köln, 2003, 248 pages (b/w ill.), 30.5 × 21.5 cm, English

Price: €55

Isa Genzken’s Der Spiegel 1989-1991 consists of 121 reproductions of black-and-white photographs cut out of the influential German newsweekly Der Spiegel over a period of three years. The images are presented starkly, bereft of photo credits or captions: having been freed from their usual meaning-giving context, the images assume a mystery and free-floating universality as the viewer unconsciously struggles to recall the specificity of the sensational news story and headline to which they were once attached. The book is produced in a limited edition of 700 numbered copies.

#2003 #artistbook #isagenzken #waltherkönig
The Music of Color Sam Gilliam

Published by Walther König, Köln, 2018, 192 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 24 × 30.5 cm, English

Price: €80

Produced on the occasion of the exhibition The Music of Color, Sam Gilliam, 1967-1973, June 9 – September 30, 2018, Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel. Texts by Sam Gilliam, Jonathan P. Binstock, Lynette Yiadiom Boakye, Larne Abse Gogarty, Josef Helfenstein, Rashid Johnson and Rafael Squirru

Sam Gilliam emerged from the Washington, D.C. scene in the mid 1960s with works that elaborated upon and disrupted the ethos of Color School painting. A series of formal breakthroughs would soon result in his canonical Drape paintings, which expanded upon the tenets of Abstract Expressionism in entirely new ways by suspending stretcherless lengths of painted canvas from the walls or ceilings of exhibition spaces. For an African-American artist in the nation’s capital at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, this was not merely an aesthetic proposition; it was a way of defining art’s role in a society undergoing dramatic change.

#2018 #painting #samgilliam #waltherkönig