Publications by Yvon Lambert and Hans Werner Holzwarth
An artist book can come in many incarnations: it can be a work of art in its own right, a multiple produced in a limited edition, an artist’s take on their work, adding a narrative to individual images, or even a reinterpretation of the book as a medium. Galerie Max Hetzler presents an exhibition of artists, artist books and editions, in homage to the legendary gallerist Yvon Lambert and his own imprint of artist books started in the 1960s, and as a celebration of our fruitful collaboration with publisher and book designer Hans Werner Holzwarth, with whom we have been making books since 2000.
When Yvon Lambert opened his Paris gallery in the late 1960s, he put a strong focus on publishing from the start. A first collection was the series Mot pour mot with On Kawara, Robert Barry, Giulio Paolini and Daniel Dezeuze, followed by single publications such as Critical Limits with Daniel Buren, Six geometric figures and all their double combinations with Sol LeWitt and 10 Works with Lawrence Weiner. In 1992, Lambert began an ongoing series of bibliophile books, printed in limited editions under the title Une rêverie émanée de mes loisirs (Musings from my leisures). For these, artists are invited to conceive, alone or in collaboration with a writer, a book that completely follows their own imagination. The book is thus a work of art in itself, published in an edition of 150 copies. Until today, 27 books have been produced with artists such as Robert Barry, Christian Boltanski, Louise Bourgeois, Jenny Holzer, Rebecca Horn, On Kawara, Anselm Kiefer, Giuseppe Penone, with more projects in the works. Yvon Lambert will present the complete series at the exhibition, offering a rare opportunity to view at first hand the different approaches the artists have taken to the open format.
Book designer and publisher Hans Werner Holzwarth and Galerie Max Hetzler first worked together in 2000 on Inhaltsangabe / Summary of Contents by Albert Oehlen, a book in which the artist combines grey paintings with colourful exhibition posters created on a computer and his own text. At the time, Holzwarth already had a long history of close collaborations with artists including Barbara Bloom, Bogomir Ecker, Roni Horn, Raimund Kummer, Ed Ruscha and Kiki Smith, and as an art director for the publisher Scalo, where he created titles with Richard Billingham (Ray’s a Laugh), Larry Clark (Perfect Childhood), Robert Frank (Moving Out), Jim Goldberg (Raised by Wolves), Nan Goldin (I’ll Be Your Mirror), Boris Mikhailov (Unfinished Dissertation), Richard Prince (Adult Comedy Action Drama) and many others. His especially rewarding collaboration with Christopher Wool began with a publication for the Los Angeles MOCA in 1998, which focused on the artist’s own impressions of his work in black and white snapshots. In 2003, Holzwarth published Wool’s artist book East Broadway Breakdown on his own imprint, following it with several others, up to a recent book of photographic layerings, Yard from 2018. Another long-term collaboration started with Rebecca Horn’s book of poems and illustrations, Tailleur du Cœur, in 1999. Since then Holzwarth has published a collector’s edition of Horn’s films, an artist book that combines the facsimile of a handwritten Martin Mosebach novel with Horn’s overpainted photographs, and much more. Hans Werner Holzwarth will present a selection of these titles, many of which are now regarded as classics in their genre.
In 2017, the new shared project H2P I Hetzler Holzwarth Publications was inaugurated to produce special collector’s editions of specific artist books. Two strictly limited editions have been realized so far: a Zhang Wei monograph with handpainted covers accompanied by a painted trowel or shovel blade, and an oversized portfolio by André Butzer, which comes with an original work on paper.