Blume~ Anna & Bernhard – SX–70. Polaroids 1975–2000


Artist: Anna & Bernhard Blume
Author: Emmanuelle de l'Ecotais, Françoise Paviot et al. 
Publisher: Walther König 
Year: 2010
ISBN: 9783865608215.

Hardcover with dust jacket. 160 pages, English / German, 33.8 x 22.5 cm
Condition: NEW

Anna and Bernhard Blume's large and grotesque photo series are now well-known. The artists stage paranormal events, in a documentary style, within typical bourgeois settings or in regions that have symbolic meaning in the German art world (e g. the Black Forest). The objects (dishes, plants, fruit and vegetables) and the protagonists (mainly the artists themselves, dressed up as bourgeois characters) are spun into the air, fly off, levitate above the ground or roll around. The undercurrent of madness that is inherent in every domestic life is made visible.

The Blume's largely unknown Polaroid pieces are characteristic of all of their work, with one trivial difference: they are all small colour photos. Simultaneously banal and precious, intimate and bizarre, the Polaroids are miniature pieces planned to the smallest detail, possessing no less artistic cogency than their monumental counterparts and with a clear stylistic development of their own.

This book contains colour illustrations of around 240 Polaroids from a 25-year period. These are presented in 4 groups: 'Polaroid SX-70'-1975/76, "natürlich" (natural)- 1982/85,"gegenseitig" (reciprocal)-1986/89 and "Prinzip Grausamkeit" (the principle of cruelty) -1990/98. Each of the individual groups of work are introduced by texts by Anna and Bernhard Blume themselves. Informative essays by Emmanuelle de l'Ecotais and the Blume's gallerist Françoise Paviot interpret the Polaroid works from various perspectives, placing it within an art historical context.

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