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Jean Otth

Works 1964–2013

Jean Otth (1940–2013) was a pioneer of video art in Switzerland. While studying art history and philosophy in the early 1960s, he began to experiment with the then very new medium, making full use of its visual potential. From the beginning, Otth’s artistic trajectory, which was influenced by the practice of painting, became closely tied to the emergence of new technologies. His works were soon exhibited in Switzerland as well as at major international shows, such as the 1973 Biennale São Paulo, the 1976 Venice Biennale, and documenta 6 in Kassel in 1977.Throughout his career he mixed immaterial video projection with material reality and explored their interaction. While constantly questioning the media he used, Otth produced borderline works that test the observer and provoke desire through covering-up, reframing, and shifting. This new monograph, the first book ever in English on this remarkable artist, features photographic and filmed works as well as his drawings from all periods of his career.

224 pages | 76 color plates, 66 halftones | 7 3/4 x 10 3/4

Art: European Art

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