artists books

Max Ernst, Man Ray, Dorothea Tanning – catalogue No.58

” What is the surrealism which Max Ernst, Dorothea Tanning and Man Ray are witnesses here?”

In 1938, the invitation of international Art Exhibition in Amsterdam in 1938 under a nice picture of Max Ernst you can find an answer: “The surrealism is not a literary or artistic school . It is a mental state. In our times, only the imagination can bring the feeling of liberty to the menaced mankind.”

This is an exhibition catalogue of the 3 painters, called “Max Ernst, Man Ray, Dorothea Tanning : trois painters américain, due tourangeux-un parisien”. The exhibition has taken place at the Museé des Beaux-Arts de Tours form november 10th – december 16th 1956. This catalogue is one out of 100 numbered catalogues and signed by all three artists. Nice and rare giving homage to all three painters.


Christian Ludwig Attersee: “Die gemalte Reise”

Already in the late 80-ies, I was about 18 -20 years old, I was more and more collecting artists´ books and catalogues. Sometimes I had the chance to meet the artist in person during the openings of new exhibitions, sometimes due to my father´s connections to certain galerists I could arrange other ways to get my books & catalogues signed.

This actual piece is a ballpoint sketch from Mr. Attersee ( in the book “Die gemalte Reise”.

Ballpoint sketch 1998