Life Isn’t Good, It’s Excellent David Robilliard

Published by Gilbert & George, London, 1993, 100 pages (b/w ill.), 15.5 × 21.5 cm, English

Price: €40

David Robilliard (b.1952, Guernsey) moved to London in the late 1970s where he established himself as a self-taught painter and poet. He began working for Gilbert & George after appearing as an ‘angry young man’ in their film ‘The World of Gilbert and George’ (1981). They actively promoted him as their favourite artist and in 1984 published ‘Inevitable’, his first volume of poetry. Three years later, in 1987, Robilliard was diagnosed as HIV positive and in 1988 he died at the age of 36. In his short life he produced a modest but important body of work now held in significant public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate Modern, London and the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. His work is direct both in content and form, comical and yet ultimately deeply romantic. (from Rob Tufnell David Robilliard Disorganised Writings and Sketches)

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Hauser Und Menschen : Buildings and People Berlin 1979-1993 Stephen Willats

Published by Berlinsiche Galerie, Berlin, 1993, 54 pages, 28 × 21 cm, German / English

Price: €25

Stephen Willats has made work examining the function and meaning of art in society since the 1960s. His work has involved interdisciplinary processes and theory from sociology, systems analysis, cybernetics, semiotics and philosophy. This manifests in wall installations, project works, films & computer simulations, drawings & diagrams, bookworks and texts.

Published on the occasion of the exhibitions Building and People at Berlinsiche Galerie, Berlin and Goethe Institute, London, 1993

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Konrad Klapheck

Published by Galerie Lelong, Zurich, 1993, 32 pages (colour ill.), 32 × 23.5 cm, French/German

Price: €18

Published on the occasion of Klapheck’s 1993 exhibtion at Galerie Lelong, Zurich. Includes the essay by Konrad Klapheck Die Supermutter.

Klapheck, who was just 10 when World War II ended, saw in the destroyed cities and ruined buildings all around him a certain beauty or spectacle. After becoming a student at the Düsseldorf Art Academy, Klapheck turned to a different kind of subject matter, creating the first of his many “machine pictures”: the 1955 painting Typewriter. He went on to expand his repertoire to include sewing machines, faucets, telephones, irons, and even a hay-turning machine.

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The Passions of Natasha, Nokiko, Nicole, Nanette and Norma Barbara Bloom & Shelley Hirsch

Published by Cantz Verlag, Stuttgart, 1993, 93 pages (colour ill.), 14.0 × 19.5 cm, English / German

Price: €15

Over the past four decades, Barbara Bloom (American, born 1951) has engaged in a nonceptual practice centered on photography and intricate image-based installations featuring diverse elements such as sculptures, found objects, and film stills

Bloom rarely presents a singular image or object, but concerns herself with the relationships between objects and images, and the meanings implicit in their placement and combination. Bloom’s artwork uses beauty as a premise for investigating illusion, fragility, and transience.

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