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Anselm Kiefer Studios

Danièle Cohn

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The first monograph to explore Kiefer’s studios as the key to his artistic creation


Gaining entry to a painter’s atelier is a rare privilege. Beyond their obvious practical functions as production and storage spaces, artists’ studios are also physical representations of the mind and memory of an artist, where living and working spaces combine.

In this superbly illustrated volume, Danièle Cohn, who has worked alongside Anselm Kiefer for many years, explains the central role the artist’s studios play in his artistic process. She reveals how Kiefer’s ateliers – their layout and organization, and their location – are intrinsic to his work as a painter and sculptor. The reader is taken on an exploration of Kiefer’s ateliers around the world and shown the influence they have on the creation of his works.

From the attic of a former school and a disused brickyard in Germany, via ateliers in the rural south of France and the urban setting of Le Marais in Paris, to his current studio in Croissy-Beaubourg on the outskirts of the French capital, we discover how Anselm Kiefer’s work spaces have influenced his art.

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'Provides important insights into Kiefer’s working practice … a masterly, mainly visual study of a visionary 21st-century artist'
The Art Newspaper

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 31.0 x 25.0 cm

Extent: 296 pp

Publication date: 21 October 2013

ISBN: 9780500239124

Contents List

Introduction • Barjac, France 1993-2007 • District de Buchen, Germany • Karlsruhe, Germany 1968–1971 • Walldürn-Hornbach, Germany 1971–1982 • Buchen, Germany 1982–1993 • Höpfingen, Germany 1988–1993 • Rome, Italy 1976 • Villa Massimo, Italy • Croissy- Beaubourg 2007–2012 • Seine-et-Marne, France

About the Author

Danièle Cohn is a professor of visual arts and philosophy of art at the Sorbonne in Paris.