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Do or Die

The Human Condition in Painting and Photography - Teutloff Meets Wallraf

Distributed for Hirmer Publishers

Do or Die

The Human Condition in Painting and Photography - Teutloff Meets Wallraf

Accompanying an exhibition at the Wallraf-Richartz Museum celebrating the long history of the human image in art, this beautiful book places significant photographs of the twentieth and twenty-first century in dialogue with some of the great masters of European art from the late Middle Ages to the nineteenth century. The paintings and photographs reflect happiness and suffering, hope and despair—and the juxtapositions shed light on abiding elements of the human condition. Bringing the work of contemporary photo-artists like Nan Goldin and Jürgen Klauke face to face with that of old masters like Titian and François Boucher also serves to reveal both the continued influence of painting on photography, and conspicuous areas of difference. 

In addition to seventy full-color images, this bilingual German and English edition includes an interview with art collector Lutz Teutloff, an essay by renowned cultural critic Bazon Brock, and biographical information on the artists. The glamour and misery of mankind are on full display in this stunning catalog.

160 pages | 121 color plates, 22 halftones | 9 4/5 x 8 1/2 | © 2010

Text in German and English

Art: European Art, Photography

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“The dialogue between masterpieces of European painting from the Wallraf-Richartz Museum and strong, bold contemporary photographs from the Teutloff Collection is harmonious in its entirety. Intriguing, thought-provoking, and educational, this book should be mandatory reading for anyone studying the visual arts.”

Clive Waring-Flood | Silvershotz: The International Journal of Contemporary Photography

Table of Contents

Do or Die—Degrees of Separation

      Andreas Blühm

The Dramaturgy of the Link between Beginning and End

      Bazon Brock

Life in Death: The Portrait in Painting and Photography

      Roland Krischel

Collecting Photography: An Interview with Lutz Teutloff


List of Works

      Roland Krischel

Photographic Credits

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