Hans Josephsohn – A Body of WorkAugust 17, 2012
Kilimanjaro is proud to announce its forthcoming release with Hauser & Wirth
An edition to commemorate the show of the sculptor Hans Josephsohn at Lismore Castle Arts in Ireland.
Featuring: Gerhard Mack, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Iwan Wirth, Joe Fyfe, Caiomhín Mac Giolla Léith, Thomas Houseago, Matthew Day Jackson, Rashid Johnson & more.
“I think the thing which makes [his work] important,” explains Artistic Director of the Kunsthalle Zurich, Beatrix Ruf, “is the way in which he is totally independent: he was doing his work and doing his research without being irritated by fashion, or by questions that were directed at sculpture as a medium. Essentially, he is deeply modern.” As a celebration of this spirit, Hauser & Wirth chose to open the show at Lismore Castle with a panel discussion between six art world figures – Thomas Houseago, Rashid Johnson and Matthew Day Jackson, three of their artists, alongside the art critic Hans-Ulrich Obrist, and writer and lecturer Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith. Josephsohn’s influence is far-reaching, despite a lack of mainstream success. Championed by Fischli & Weiss – as well as working with Peter Märkli – his work provides a fertile ground for discussions of art and historical influence: of mentor and mentee, and of owing a debt to the medium’s earliest masters.
“A recipe,” says Iwan Wirth, “you put together very carefully. And with a gallery program, it is the very same thing – very sweet, and very sour; very old, and very young.” With this publication, Kilimanjaro has hoped to achieve the same effect. Some young, some old, some sweet and some sour; some architecture and some art; some figures, and some half-figures: the essential DNA of an artist, and the lineage of a body of work.
- from “Hans Josephsohn – A Body of Work,” Kilimanjaro edition 14.
Josephsohn runs at Lismore Castle Arts until 30th September, 2012.
All images: stills from a video by Philippe Gerlach.