Publisher: Hatje Cantz
Product Dimensions: 30.1 x 24 x 3 cm
Release Date: 2001
Author: Karl Gerstner and Eugen Gomringer
Designed by Karl Gerstner himself, this book spans the renowned graphic designer’s fifty-year career as an independent artist.
As a visual designer, Karl Gerstner leads the double life of a graphic designer working on commission and an artist working on his own. In the realm of the constructive, Gerstner´s work is quite unique. He never composed pictures in the usual sense but in algorithms from which-independently, so-to-speak-more and more possibilities develop. Eugen Gomringer calls him “perhaps the most comprehensively systematic artist in contemporary art.” After Gerstner´s analysis of Marcel Duchamp´s last painting Tu m´ and his Review of 5 x 10 Years of Graphic Design etc., Hatje Cantz is now publishing Review of Seven Chapters of Constructive Pictures etc. In each chapter, Gerstner describes the creation process of one painting. The fifty years he has been working as an independent artist span his early “serial pictures” from the fifties, participation objects which include the viewer as a co-designer, the “color forms” which were created on the basis of a color-and-form model developed by Gerstner, as well as his most recent works in which Gerstner transfers the basic principles of fractal geometry to painting. (German edition ISBN 978-3-7757-9150-2) The artist: Karl Gerstner, born in 1930 in Basel, has gained international fame as a graphic designer and artist. Numerous solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad, including participation in the Kassel documenta in 1964 and 1968, and the Venice Biennale in 1986.
Karl Gerstner 1930-
バーゼル工芸学校でEmil RuderとArmin Hoffmanに師事。1949年にGeigy社に勤めた後、53年によりフリーランスに。基礎デザインを近代的なグラフィックデザインの手法に展開。
59年、広告代理店を設立。62年、GGK (Gerstner, Gredinger, Kutter)に社名を変更。70年、GGKを退き、絵画とタイポグラフィに専念。第２世代スイス派グラフィックデザイン界にあって、理論書の著作も多く、世界的な影響力を持ったデザイナーの一人。