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Jutta Koether f.
Edited by Isabelle Graw and Daniel Birnbaum.

Translated from the German by Nick Mauss and Michael Sanchez.

Graphic design: Surface.
published in June 2015
English edition
12 x 19 cm (softcover, dust jacket)
130 pages (4 b/w ill.)
€12.00
ISBN: 978-3-95679-005-8
EAN: 9783956790058
in stock
 
First published in German in 1987, this is artist and writer Jutta Koether's meditation on painting. In novella form, f. follows several disembodied female characters as they consider velvet, coral, the curtain, money, color, red.
These objects, these things, help the narrator and other characters come into being, but it is paintings that embody who the narrator really is: “Even if I'm their hostage when I look at them, I'm not inferior to them. I lie down, stand, or sit in front of them and, in this moment, I'm everything they affect in me.” Unlike people, paintings are fixed, explicit with their intentions and challenges—in the end they will still be here, outlasting those who made them or who looked at them. A facsimile of the original German publication is included in this volume.
The book is part of the Institut für Kunstkritik series.
Jutta Koether (born 1958 in Cologne) is a German artist, musician and critic based in New York since the early 1990s. She has collaborated with Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and with Steven Parrino on a number of projects.

See also: Jutta Koether & John Miller.