Black & white illus. throughout.  pp. 8vo, pictorial softcover, title on spine. Berlin: Merve Verlag, 1980.
A rare Kippenberger artist’s book; printed in an edition of 1500 copies, according to Koch. Merve Verlag was an underground publishing firm founded in West Berlin in 1970 by a neo-Marxist collective led by Heidi Paris and Peter Gente. Merve focused on contemporary philosophy and radical political theory and this photography book was a surprising departure for the firm.
“The artist book with 114 uncommentated reproductions of portraits of women (some with the author) is not typical of the Berlin-based Merve Verlag publishing programme, which normally focuses on theoretical texts. There is no text whatsoever. In order to reduce the number of words on the cover, Kippenberger even dropped his own first name. At the request of the author, the otherwise obligatory brief biographical outline of the author and the list of available publications on the inside covers were also replaced by pictures. Kippenberger left it to the printer to decide the order of illustrations.”–Koch.
A very good copy; creasing to the spine and the final leaf has been expertly re-attached. WorldCat records the following copies in the United States: Bard, Museum of Contemporary Art-Los Angeles, Yale, and Library of Congress; the Museum of Modern Art (NY) also has this title.
❧ Uwe Koch, Annotated catalogue raisonné of the books by Martin Kippenberger, 1977-1997 (2003) 5.
Item ID: 8285