André Butzer (publication)
Edited by Hans Werner Holzwarth
Published by TASCHEN
Made in close collaboration with the artist, this unprecedented huge-format survey presents the future and origins of his painting according to André Butzer. From his early works of “Science Fiction Expressionism” that centered around a cast of figures at home both in space and in culturally occupied Europe, to his exploration of abstraction’s far limits in the seemingly black N-Paintings, Butzer emerges as an ever-inventive colorist who finds a new beginning in each work.
This is the first book first to span the full range of André Butzer’s oeuvre from 1999 to 2021, the works’ progression gaining an almost musical drive of development, return, and new beginnings. The plates are interspersed with contemporary quotes from the artist that illuminate his idiosyncratic stance as a background to the work, as well as photos from his archives. The introductory essay, written by Hans Werner Holzwarth, investigates the different work phases, and places the artist’s ideas in a wider discourse of abstraction and figuration after the end of either genre. And, most importantly, the book’s pristine, huge-format illustrations fully evidence the finesse as a colorist that place this artist among the internationally most recognized painters of his generation.
“Expressionism was about going back to nature and nakedness, about inner more than outer space. Now we can give this field a new task—to be informed by seriality, post-industrialism, and modern mankind’s artificiality. So I include organic and non-organic parts, fake nature and fake human. Titian said painting is about flesh and water, and I say it is about flesh and lemonade.”
— André Butzer
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André Butzer x TASCHEN
André Butzer has created limited Art Editions exclusively for TASCHEN, including three screen-print sets, individually painted pendant lights, and overpainted book covers. The Art Editions were presented for the first time during Art Cologne 2021 and are now available on the TASCHEN website.
The motif featured on the screen-prints presents Butzer’s unique pictorial characters: the “Wanderer”, the “Frauenbildnisse” (Portrait of Woman) and the “Friedens-Siemens” (Peace Siemens), who have embodied the fundamental themes of the artist’s work since 1999. Each print is an edition of 75, all of which are numbered and signed by Butzer. The three screen-print sets together make-up the complete series: Untited 1–3, 2021, Untitled 4–6, 2021, and Untitled 7–9, 2021.
In the exclusive Art Edition of individually painted pendant lights, Butzer projects both his abstract line and friendly face motifs onto a light orb, transforming one half of the globe into a glowing canvas (which also appears like the moon’s near side, as seen from Earth). The abstract spots and lines form a playful composition of vibrant hues, while the faces light up the room, reminding us of Renaissance depictions of the planets with human countenances. The lamps come in an exclusive Art Edition of 100. Each lamp is a unique object, individually painted and signed by the artist.
There are only 25 copies of the Art Edition of Butzer’s overpainted covers. Using the book’s yellow linen as his canvas, Butzer depicts a combination of two faces out of his cast of three characters that have come to define his pictorial universe: the “Wanderer”, the “Frauenbildnisse” and the “Friedens-Siemens”. With the artist’s signature prominently placed on the spine, this edition of the book is an extension of the work it presents: encased in a special blue clamshell box, it is an art object in its own right.
“I try to repeat all my images as often as possible and as well as possible to make them less severe. So, I do mass culture. At the same time, seriality is something I always wanted to destroy. That’s why I make so many seemingly serial works which are in fact not serial at all. This was the case with the figures, which were typologies that seemingly unfolded serially. Signs of life. They perhaps address the large soul space of human localization. Each figure is an individual and each image is individual.”
– André Butzer
Works from the Taschen Collection 2000–2021 (solo show)
23 November 2021 – 27 January 2022
To celebrate the publication of André Butzer’s first comprehensive monograph, works by the artist from the Taschen Collection, spanning from 2000 to 2021, will be on view in Cologne from 23 November. The exhibition is open until 27 January 2022, from Tuesday – Thursday, by appointment only. Book your slot here.
During Art Cologne (17–21 November), TASCHEN will dedicate a solo presentation to André Butzer at booth C9, hall 11.1.
Press Releases, Letters, Conversations, Texts, Poems, Volume 3: 1999–2021 (publication)
All good things come in threes and so do André Butzer’s collected writings. The third volume is elegantly sharp and poignant. Editor Alexander Linn continues to explore the unique fictitious universe, Butzer calls »NASAHEIM«. Boldly touching on the latter’s own work and biography, art history as well as music in numerous letters, in-depth conversations and poems. Guided by the simple question: What is real?, Butzer searches for »the actual location of painting, the space in-between. It’s a very esoteric but easy to understand conception of truth.«
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Press Releases, Letters, Conversations, Texts, Poems 1994 – 2020, Volume 2 (publication)
The second volume of André Butzer's collected writings has recently been published by Alexander Linn / Edition Linn. As an extension of the first volume, which focuses on the artist's writings from 1999 until 2017, this publication gathers an abundant selection of press releases, letters, conversations, texts and poems from 1994 until 2020, offering an intimate and personal insight into Butzer's painterly formation and practice.
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ANDRÉ BUTZER x CELINE Collaboration
For the collaboration with Celine, André Butzer’s character “Wanderer”, (2001) has been taken from the artist’s sketchbooks, lithographs and linoleum prints. Although the figure is in black and white, it is about colour and the potential for colour. This character from Butzer’s universe has been adapted onto various products across the range including embroidered black cotton thread onto raffia baskets, printed in black and white onto grained leather and featured as an artwork patch onto t-shirts and high-top sneakers.
Selected Press Releases, Letters, Interviews, Texts, Poems 1999–2017 (publication)
This divertingly profound or profoundly diverting volume gathers an abundant selection of press releases, letters, interviews and conversations, prose, and poetry by painter André Butzer. Brought together for the first time, Butzer’s writings form a concise account of his artistic thinking.
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