Franz Gertsch

Die Siebziger / The Seventies

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Franz Gertsch
Die Siebziger / The Seventies

Ed. Anna Wesle, text(s) by Angelika Affentranger-Kirchrath, Jean-Christophe Ammann, Kathleen Bühler, Luciano Castelli, Andreas Fiedler, Matthias Frehner, Helmut Friedel, Franz Gertsch, Maria Gertsch-Meer, Josef Helfenstein, Cathérine Hug, Anette Hüsch, Peter Iseli, Rita Kersting, Harald Kunde, Christiane Lange, Rainer Michael Mason, Elisabeth Nowak-Thaller, Anna M. Schafroth, Erika Schlessinger-Költzsch, Hemma Schmutz, Bernhart Schwenk, Guido de Werd, Samuel Vitali, Anna Wesle, Beat Wismer, graphic design by Kerstin Riedel

German, English

2020. 208 pp., 90 ills.

hardcover

23.80 x 29.00 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-4809-4

A Time of New Beginnings

In 1969, Franz Gertsch painted Huaa...!—which shows a wildly galloping man on horseback—after a film still from a magazine. Photographs have formed the basis for his work ever since, which he almost always takes himself. They include snapshots of the young Gertsch family, pictures from a trip to the South of France, photos of his encounters with Luciano Castelli and his dazzling circle of friends, and portraits of Patti Smith. This publication shows key works from the seventies, both in full views and with details in original size. Zeroing in on these almost abstract-looking details reveals the vibrant quality of the painting with its shimmering surfaces.

FRANZ GERTSCH (*1930) celebrated his 90th birthday in 2020. With his participation in the documenta in Kassel in 1972 he rose to international fame as a Swiss Photorealist. The paintings in this book were done during this decisive creative phase.

EXHIBITIONS
Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf
March 21–October 4, 2020
LENTOS Kunstmuseum, Linz
October 30, 2020–February 21, 2021

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