Georg Herold: What A Life edited by Matthias Winzen with text by Nicole Fritz, Rudi Fuchs, Friedrich Heubach, Reiner Speck, Carmela Thiele, and Matthias Winzen.
376 pages with 350 colored and 100 b/w illustrations, 9.4 x 11.4 in. (290 x 240 mm).
In German and English, 2020
From the beginning of the 80s onwards, Georg Herold started to question art and the art business together with contemporaries Martin Kippenberger, Werner Büttner and Albert Oehlen; in contrast to the »Jungen Wilden« (The Wild Ones) of this generation, he developed an enduring brand of scepticism productive to this day. His sculptures are made from apparently reduced materials, such as roof battens, roof tiles, wire and objects trouvés relate in a critical and ironic way to politics, society and modern art, challenging the observer to continue thinking about the concepts inherent in his approach to art. This extensive publication provides a complete overview of Georg Herold’s work from the 80s through to his video pieces 2005. It becomes apparent that although absurdity and paradox might start to flounder somewhat in textbound theory, they are nevertheless revealed as both dextrous and inventive entities when it comes to George Herold’s graphic cast of mind.