Catalogues from 2011

Bill Bollinger. Water is Life and Like Art it Finds its own Level

The large monographic publication is the result of several years of research led by Christiane Meyer-Stoll, curator at the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein in Vaduz. It presents for the first time since the 1970s the radical plastic oeuvre of this artist who almost slipped into obscurity.

In the late 1960s, Bill Bollinger (1939‒1988) was one of the foremost sculptors of his time, routinely mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Bruce Nauman, Robert Smithson, Eva Hesse and Richard Serra. By the mid-1970s, he had withdrawn completely from the international art scene and his name was all but forgotten.

In his short life, Bollinger created an oeuvre that is complex, radical and intense – and well worth rediscovering. At the same time, the show aims to contribute to the current reappraisal of hitherto neglected art positions. At the height of the space race, he was creating sculptures that explore the gravity, balance and specific properties of a wide variety of materials. The cosmos and water are key elements in the work of Bollinger, who was fascinated by curved space, the vertical and the horizontal, resulting in evanescent, purist, energy-laden works with a radical edge that still have the power to astound us, even today.

The catalogue includes essays by Christiane Meyer-Stoll, Saul Ostrow, Harris Rosenstein and Peter Schjeldahl, writings by the artist as well as thoughts and memories by various contemporary witnesses. The main part consists of a large selection of historic photos and illustrations that document his exhibition history, many of them are published for the first time. In addition colour plates of his drawings as well as the exhibition provide a comprehensive insight into this little known artistic oeuvre.

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Exhbition catalogue (German Edition)
Bill Bollinger. Water is Life and Like Art it Finds its own Level
Publisher: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne,
Vaduz 2011, 256 pages
Price: CHF 46.-
ISBN 978-3-86560-955-7 (German edition)

The English edition will be published in summer 2011.

Price: CHF 46.00