pp. & ads. Square 4to (198 x 204 mm.), printed wrappers, staple-bound. Aachen: Zentrum für aktuelle Kunst, 1971.
Scarce Stanley Brouwn (1935-2017) exhibition catalogue/artist’s book. It lists 245 countries and regions preceded by the phrase “the total number of my steps in.” According to Ruhé, the exhibition consisted of “small cards with the text the total number of my steps in…, followed by the name of one of the 245 countries existing in the world early 1971.”
The curator Klaus Honnef (b. 1939) established the Zentrum für aktuelle Kunst – Gegenverkehr in 1968 with Will Kranenpohl, and artists Rune Mields and Benno Werth as an art association to which members paid 5 DM a month. It became a fascinating experiment in the form of a membership-driven non-commercial gallery. Before its closure in 1972, the Zentrum hosted exhibitions by the Bechers, Gerhard Richter, Allan d’Arcangelo, Gilbert & George, Gunther Uecker, Lawrence Weiner, etc.
In fine condition. WorldCat records just five copies in North America.
❧ Harry Ruhé, ed., stanley brouwn: a chronology (2nd ed.: 2005)–incorrectly dated “March 6-28.”.
Item ID: 8658