telephone cards; pop art

James Rizzi: “Popart & Communication”

Can you really imagine, that there was a time when we still went to telephone booths when we needed to communicate? Yes once upon a time having a mobile phone was a status symbol of some high level managers – incredible but true.

Anyhow having a telephone card to access the communication was already modern and very suitable as you did not need to search always for the right coins, which possibly were not really working; in Germany at that time those telephone cards became a real “run” as we discovered them as collectibles. At the back of those cards the number of issued cards were indicated, so having certain card motive with a relatively low number was already a treasure.

As an artist – why not going into this booming market – as James Rizzi did in his very funny way. The “gallery Vogel” at that time promoted very much this great Pop Art artist and today I am very happy to have met him several times. I think it was in 1993 or 1994, I bought 2 telephone card editions, which were sold by the gallery in a limited signed edition (“as a special to the normal card edition”). The “Heilbronn edition” is limited to 300 examples; the “Heidelberg edition” to 500 examples.

I like to share those examples because Heilbronn is my town of birth, Heidelberg is the town I was studying, and Rizzi was an artist I liked because he came out of New York ( a town I admire) and he had a funny style.

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