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The Swiss artist Klaus Born, born 1945 in a small village in the Swiss mountains, trained as a teacher and bookseller in Zurich in the late 1960s. He turned to art in 1972 and went to the Zurich College of Art for his education in drawing, etching, and painting. His first drawings and etchings - realistic, full of symbols and aggression - reflect his social criticism and his political engagement. A two-year stay at the Swiss Institute in Rome 1979-81 became a turning point in Born's development as an artist, leading him from attempts at surrealism to his current large-size abstract paintings. Drawing, though, remains an important part of Born's work, including his artist's books, in which he takes up a graphic dialogue with their printed content and scripture. This first monograph on Klaus Born records his life and his work of the past twenty-five years in numerous colour illustrations and with two essays by Guido Magnaguagno and Sibylle Omlin.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9783858812261
ISBN-10: 3858812269
Format: Hardback
(277mm x 215mm x mm)
Pages: 128
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 - Guido Magnaguagno

Guido Magnaguagno is art historian and director of the Tinguely Museum in Basel (Switzerland). Sibylle Omlin is art critic, curator and lecturer, and head of the department of visual and media art at the University of Art and Design in Basel (Switzerland).

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