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Description - Roman Signer by Roland Waspe

One of the most acclaimed European artists today, Roman Signer has created a vast and enigmatic oeuvre marked by his use of a diverse array of materials, including water, sand, explosives, and vehicles. "Roman Signer: Vernissage" celebrates the seventieth birthday of this extraordinary artist through an exploration of the cards used to promote Signer's exhibitions.This vibrantly illustrated volume features a selection of cards and advertisements for 150 Roman Signer exhibitions since 1973. Each card reflects the artistic sensibilities of its era, and together the cards form a miniature historical narrative of contemporary art. Also included in "Roman Signer: Vernissage" are photographs, Signer's sketches for potential projects, and film stills from past projects. Essayist Roland Waspe expands upon the visual narrative with his examination of the development of and dominant subject topics in Signer's work, and how the invitation cards and materials reflect his aesthetic ideals.An intriguing examination of contemporary art, "Roman Signer: Vernissage" will be an essential volume for art lovers and graphic designers alike.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9783858812247
ISBN-10: 3858812242
Format: Hardback
(250mm x 313mm x mm)
Pages: 328
Imprint: Scheidegger und Spiess AG, Verlag
Publisher: Scheidegger und Spiess AG, Verlag
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: Switzerland

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Author Biography - Roland Waspe

Roman Signer, born 1938 in Appenzell, Switzerland. He first trained and worked as an architectural draughtsman. He was educated as an artist at the Colleges for Applied Arts in Zurich (Switzerland, 1966-69) and Lucerne (Switzerland, 1969-71) and at the Academy of Art in Warsaw (Poland, 1971-72). He gained international recognition from solo and group exhibitions, including the documenta 8 in Kassel (Germany, 1987), the Venice Biennale 1999 and, recently, a vast retrospective exhibition at the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum fur Gegenwart (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Berlin, Gemany (2007-08), at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edunburgh, UK (2008) and at the Rochester Art Center in Rocherster, MN (2008). He lives in St Gallen, Switzerland. Roland Waspe is art historian and director of the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (museum of art) in St Gallen, Switzerland.