Wols

Retrospective

Edited by Kunsthalle Bremen and the Menil Collection

Edited by Kunsthalle Bremen and the Menil Collection

Distributed for Hirmer Publishers

300 pages | 200 color plates | 9 1/2 x 12 | © 2013
Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9783777420530 Published September 2013 For sale in North America and Japan only
The fantastical art of short-lived German painter and photographer Wolfgang Schulze (1913–51), known as Wols, draws viewers into a strange, miniature world, one that bridges Surrealism and abstract expressionism. This richly illustrated book offers the first comprehensive retrospective of Wols’s career in more than twenty years. It presents two hundred color images of the artist’s work—the majority drawn from private collections, and thus rarely seen in public. The paintings presented here make up more than one-third of his entire oeuvre, and they’re accompanied by drawings and aquarelles, which taken together show the artist’s evolution. We see him drawing on Surrealism and naive art, but then going beyond those schools to develop new forms of expression within abstract art. Essays by German and American scholars round out the volume, putting Wols’s achievement in its historical and artistic context.
The result is the most complete picture ever offered of Wols’s work, and it makes a strong case for his important place in twentieth-century art.

Contents

Foreword and Acknowledgements

                Cristoph  Crunenberg and Josef Helfenstein

 

Photography 1932-1941

On the Biography of the Art of Wols

                Ewald Rathke

Seeing Wols

                Toby Kamps

Expansive Pictorial Worlds: Thoughts on Wols, Klee, and Frobenius

                Patrycja de Bieberstein Ilgner

Undoing Wols

                Katy Siegel

Works on Paper 1933-1951

Paintings 1946-1951

 

List of Exhibited Works

Biography

Exhibitions

Bibliography

Index

Colophon



 

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