Gustav Metzger: Writings 1953-2016

Gustav Metzger: Writings 1953-2016
Library Shelf Location 18.METZ
Publication Date 2019

Bringing together more than 350 texts written between 1953 and 2016, this comprehensive volume establishes artist and activist Gustav Metzger (1926-2017) as a towering figure of the 20th century, a long-overdue recognition of the artist's influential vision. Renowned for his use of unstable materials and chemical reactions to create artworks that embody processes of change, destruction, and renewal, Metzger was also a prolific writer, theoretician, and satirist. His interest in technology and science lead him to create such concepts as auto-destructive and auto-creative art--terms he coined with his manifestos on 'Auto-destructive Art' in 1959 and 'Auto-creative Art' in 1961. He put these ideas into action with artworks made to decay, disintegrate, or change following natural processes. Edited by Gustav's long-time friend and curator Mathieu Copeland, this anthology of writings makes Metzger's key thinking from the 1950s onward available to a wide audience.

ISBN 9783037645352
Pages 680pp; 13 x 19 cm
Editor Matthieu Copeland
Author Gustav Metzger
Format Softcover
Publisher JRP Ringier
Related Artist Gustav Metzger
Category Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team)
Keywords Fluxus, Fluxus art, European avant-garde, Activists, Sculpture, mixed media sculpture, Performance Art, Destruction and Art, Destruction, Material experimentation, Experimental art
Artist's Nationality German

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