Köln, Berlin: Verlag Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 1971. First edition. Three softcover 8vos in letterpress printed wraps, with silver foil stamping on front of covers. Unpaginated (ca. 128 pp., 144 pp., and 144 pp.)
A set of three artists’ books featuring a deluge of appropriated and manipulated images, a few of which include Dürer’s painting of Adam and Eve, Ave Maria sheet music, Batman, baseball, congress, James Dean, Garbo, street signs from Germany, the Eifel tower, the Onassis family, portraits of Jesus, Rolling Stones, Cadillacs, commercial airplanes, the 1968 Mexico Olympics, Marilyn Monroe, the bust of Nefertiti, Barbara Streisand winning her Oscar, bullets in various calibers, repeating images of tires, details of handguns, Frank Sinatra, Super Boy, watches, recording equipment, Andy Warhol, X-15 fighter planes, currency, zeppelins, cigarettes, and images of teeth.
Kriwet’s powerful visual narrative walks a delicate line between awareness, fascination, obsession, and critique of western media. Together the three books, organized from a – z, feel more like a movie questioning the direction of western culture. This complete volume feels remarkably relevant today given how little has actually changed since 1971. Perhaps that was Kriwet’s intention.
The covers were designed by Hannes Jähn who worked for nearly fifty different publishers in Germany between the1950’s and 1980’s and created some of the most memorable and iconic book covers of the time.
Light age toning and rubbing to covers and a reading crease on the spine of second volume, else fine. Item #27
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