Franz Erhard Walther

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    DETAILS

  • Multiple cotton sewing, folded, with certificate in coloured offset on cardboard, in box

  • 2002

  • 13 x 56 cm (Box 15,5 x 30,5 x 1,5 cm)

  • 1939

  • Signed

  • Franz Erhard Walther was born in 1932 in Fulda, where he currently lives and works. In the 60s, the artist studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf. Though Walther attended classes of the painter Karl Otto Götz, instead of working in painting he turned in the direction of another professor of the Academy, Joseph Beuys who was appointed professor of the so-called monumental sculpture class. Most of the time, Walther maintained a certain focus on the participatory aspect of his works, therefore they can be seen as a synthesis of minimal or post-minimal object with it's processional character, close to works of Hans Haacke, James Lee Bryars or other artists, alongside whom he was exhibited at "Live in your head: When Attitudes Become Form" in 1969. Show, organized by Harald Szeemann in Kunsthalle Bern, was a seminal presentation of European and American art of the late 60s, such as land art, post-minimalism, conceptualism or Arte Povera. Another accurate definition of Walther's practice is "Participatory Minimalism", a title of his exhibition at the KOW Gallery in Berlin (2009). After the Attitdues show, Walther was included in four following Documenta exhibitions (1972, 1977, 1982 and 1987) and featured in the avant-garde art magazine "Avalanche". More recently, Walther was exhibited at the Dia:Beacon (2010). "The Body Decides", the latest solo display of his works, has been already shown at CAPC Bordeaux and in Brussels (2014). (MD)

  • Exemplar 96/ 100 and one of 25 in orange
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Franz Erhard Walther was born in 1932 in Fulda, where he currently lives and works. In the 1960s, the artist studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Düsseldorf. Though Walther attended classes of the painter Karl Otto Götz, instead of working in painting he turned in the direction of another professor of the Academy, Joseph Beuys, who was appointed professor of the so-called monumental sculpture class. Most of the time, Walther maintained a certain focus on the participatory aspect of his works, therefore they can be seen as a synthesis of minimal or post-minimal object with its processional character, close to works of Hans Haacke, James Lee Bryars or other artists, alongside whom he was exhibited at "Live in your head: When Attitudes Become Form" in 1969. The show, organized by Harald Szeemann in Kunsthalle Bern, was a seminal presentation of European and American late 1960s art, such as land art, post-minimalism, conceptualism or Arte Povera. Another accurate definition of Walther's practice is "Participatory Minimalism", a title of his exhibition at the KOW Gallery in Berlin (2009). Following the Attitdues show in 1969, Walther was included in four following Documenta exhibitions (1972, 1977, 1982 and 1987) and featured in the avant-garde art magazine "Avalanche".

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