Photography & Original Editions
A lifetime of art collecting often begins with the purchase of a graphic print – because thanks to their “serial” character, such prints are often affordably priced and accordingly attractive for neophyte collectors. The medium of graphic prints has truly earned the attention that is lavished upon it in Hall 1. At one time or another, nearly every artist has experimented with aquatint, lithography, silkscreen printing or woodcut. These genres go exceptionally well with photo art, which is the second focal point in Hall 1.
A Broad Spectrum of Photography
Photography is a comparatively young artistic medium. The first art photos were created in mid-19th century with the intention of using a camera to imitate painting. The differentiation between artistic and applied photography first emerged in 1945. The stylistic roots of artistic photography can be traced to the art of the late Biedermeier era. These photographers sought to depict reality with the greatest possible authenticity. On the other hand, photographs as momentary snapshots of fleeting events formatively influenced Impressionism, which consequently staged its first exhibit in a photo studio. But artistic photography quickly divorced itself from the goal of authentic depiction and ramified into numerous styles and genres.
Artistic photography in its full bandwidth from classical reportage, portrait, nude and architectural photography to conceptual, experimental, staged and abstract photography can be found as vintage or modern prints in Hall 1 at art KARLSRUHE.
Alongside the visual idea and the artistic message, a good photo also always demands complete mastery of the photographic technique.
Well-known exponents of 20th-century art photography include, for example, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Albert Renger-Patzsch, August Sander, Robert Adams, William Eggleston and Edward Jan Steichen. As in the world of painting, so-called “schools” likewise coalesced in the realm of photo art. These include, for example, the photo school of Bernd and Hilla Becher in Düsseldorf. This couple earned international renown with their black-and-white photographs of half-timbered houses and industrial buildings such as winding towers, blast furnaces, coal bunkers, factory halls, gas meters, grain silos and entire industrial landscapes. The Bechers’ school was the breeding ground for many of today’s world-famous photographers, e.g. Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff or Thomas Struth.
Edition art at art KARLSRUHE
The term edition, actually used for the publishing activity of printing works, is also used in the reproduction of works of art. The result is so-called "Editionskunst" or edition art; So works that exist in more than one edition. These include photos and prints.
A Strong Presence for Graphic Prints at art KARLSRUHE
Many of the great art collectors, who presently enjoy international renown, began their collecting with graphics or other artworks in original editions. Affordably priced folios and multiples offer an opportunity to become more familiar with Classical Modern art and Contemporary art in the quiet surroundings of one’s own four walls. And more than one etching or silkscreen print, which may have been purchased with pocket money from young artist friends, sold for top prices years later.
The presentation of graphic prints at art KARLSRUHE documents the diversity of this medium with a display on circa 200 square meters of floor space featuring artworks that are provided by the exhibitors, available for purchase, and produced in small or very small series. The exhibit simultaneously presents a broad art-historical spectrum.