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Zaubererfotos / Magician Photos
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Ingeborg Lüscher Zaubererfotos / Magician Photos
Edited by Peter Fischer.
Text by Hans-Joachim Müller.

Published with the Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne.
published in March 2010
bilingual edition (English / German)
17,5 x 23,6 cm (hardcover)
258 pages (101 b/w ill.)
ISBN: 978-3-03764-103-3
EAN: 9783037641033
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"Please conjure up whatever it means for you at this moment"—the introduction to the game is simple and clear. For over 30 years, the Swiss artist Ingeborg Lüscher has been inviting friends, neighbors, and time and time again fellow artists to play her "magician" game. The participants decide on the place and the props, while the leader of the game stands behind her camera and takes 18 shots of which she selects nine, and arranges them in a fixed order. Thus, without any taxonomy, a collection of contemporary self-representations has grown up, which have long since taken on the characteristics of an original portrait gallery.
The "Magician Photos" occupy a central place in the work of Ingeborg Lüscher. They are her oldest and most extensive project, still not complete today, and really never capable of being finished. This artist's book brings together more than a hundred selected "sessions" ranging over three decades—from James Lee Byars to Andy Warhol, from Paul Thek to Lawrence Weiner.
Featuring Jean-Christophe Ammann, John Bock, Christoph Büchel, James Lee Byars, Maurizio Cattelan, Christo, Tony Cragg, Wim Delvoye, Braco Dimitrijevic, Thomas Hirschhorn, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Jonathan Meese, Otto Muehl, Shirin Neshat, Ernesto Neto, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Arnulf Rainer, Richard Serra, Daniel Spoerri, Paul Thek, Andy Warhol, Lawrence Weiner, Chen Zhen, Otto Zitko...
Born 1936 in Freiberg, Ingeborg Lüscher lives and works in Tegna (Switzerland).