Item ID: 10066 Unendliche Linie. Gabriele SCHMIDT-HEINS.
Unendliche Linie.
Unendliche Linie.
Unendliche Linie.

Unendliche Linie.

[100] leaves. Small 8vo (206 x 149 mm.), orig. thick paper covers (a little sunned) with pencil drawn-line. N.p.: “Aug ‘72.”

A one-of-a-kind handmade bookwork by Gabriele Schmidt-Heins (b. 1949), this example comes with a folded index card with handwritten notes on its concept and composition. The books of either Schmidt-Heins twin are rare, only a handful are held institutionally in North America. In the 1970s, the twins created a series of unique conceptual bookworks, all executed and bound by themselves. Numerous interventions — folds, tears, excisions, cuts, etc. — combined with the use of materials, some quite novel, such as ink, graphite, coffee, tape, chalk, linseed oil, water, casein, soil, rivets, shellac, shoe polish, siccative, wax, etc., etc.

The conceit of the present work is straightforward: a bold horizontal pencil-drawn line through the entire textblock and around the covers, dividing the book in two. We have taken the title “Unendliche Linie” from a printed label pasted to the inside of the lower cover, where Schmidt-Heins has also recorded the month of completion.

From the stamped and manuscript index card: “Prinzip/Methode: Linie ohne Anfang und Ende [Line without Beginning and End] / Entwurf: Aug ‘72 / Ausführung: ” / Material: 100 Bl[ätter]. Papier / Grösse: Din A5 (Hochf.) / Stärke: 1.2 cm / Stift: Bleistift.”

In excellent condition.

❧ For other examples of the twins’ bookworks from this period see Barbara Schmidt-Heins & Gabriele Schmidt-Heins, eds., Buchwerke: Original-Bücher 1972 bis 1976 (Kunstraum München: 1976).

Price: $3,750.00

Item ID: 10066