A Man Walks Into a Bar

Jokes & Postcards

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A Man Walks Into a Bar
Jokes & Postcards

Ed. Johannes Sperling, Franziska Sperling, graphic design by Hermann Hülsenberg Studio, Niklas Sagebiel

German, English

2014. 224 pp., 201 ills.


13.80 x 20.30 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-3914-6

“Send us your favorite joke!” International artists respond

A unique contemporary document: more than one hundred witty artist’s postcards

“A man walks into a bar. . . .”—the unmistakable prelude to a joke. This remarkable collection of artist’s postcards of the same name could not have a more fitting title. Drawn, written, or stuck together, postcards featuring the contributing artists’ favorite jokes make up the unique content of this amusing small volume. The postcards are addressed to the fictitious figure Pepe Nietnagel—a pseudonym that prompts us to pick up our ears: is it the rascal from the popular series of German “Pauker” films from the late sixties and early seventies? As it happens, there is indeed something mischievous about this undertaking. The two editors, Franziska and Johannes Sperling, wrote to selected artists, and about one hundred of them responded to their request and mailed them small works of art. Besides word- and joke-savvy contemporaries such as Erwin Wurm, Lawrence Weiner, Nedko Solakov, or Ragnar Kjartansson, to our great delight, protagonists such as John Baldessari, Jonathan Meese, Daniel Richter, and Karin Sander also participated in the playful game.

The artists presented (selection): John Baldessari, André Butzer, Tacita Dean, Andy Hope 1930, Christian Jankowski, Ragnar Kjartansson, Jim Lambie, Erik van Lieshout, Jonathan Meese, Julie Mehretu, Jonathan Monk, Tal R, Tobias Rehberger, Daniel Richter, Ed Ruscha, Thomas Scheibitz, Thomas Schütte, David Shrigley, Lawrence Weiner, Erwin Wurm

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