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November 2010

  • Linda im Garten 1/2010
  • Photopolymer printing
  • Edition of: 50
  • Size of image: 20,00 cm x 25,00 cm
  • Size: 50,00 cm x 42,00 cm
  • Production: Gabriela Seiler, Zurich
  • CHF 680.00
  • available
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  • Linda im Garten 2/2010
  • Photopolymer printing
  • Edition of: 50
  • Size of image: 20,00 cm x 25,00 cm
  • Size: 50,00 cm x 42,00 cm
  • Production: Gabriela Seiler, Zurich
  • CHF 680.00
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The artist Annelies Ŝtrba has already realized several works for the VFO. For Bernhard Schobinger, one of the most important Swiss jewelry artists with international reputation, it is a premiere. Ŝtrba and Schobinger have created a joint work for this edition: The daughter Linda, photographed by Annelies Štrba, is wearing her father's jewellery. She is a "sleeping beauty" who wears precious objects around her neck. The model is dreaming to herself in the midst of an artificial world of colours that tends towards the opulent. The works were staged in Bernhard Schobinger's Japanese style garden. "With me, everything has a lot to do with a secret - there is a secret behind everything. My photos meet people somewhere deep inside. Something happens there that even the viewers cannot explain to themselves - that too has to do with this secret. I want to trigger something - and I want to do it very directly." (Annelies Štrba, interview with Samuel Herzog, Kunstbulletin 06/1999)

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  • < Split > 2010
  • Heliogravure
  • Edition of: 30
  • Size of image: 64,50 cm x 49,50 cm
  • Size: 104,00 cm x 76,30 cm
  • Production: Michèle Dillier, Moutier
  • CHF 500.00
  • available
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  • < Kraut (surround) > 2010
  • Heliogravure
  • Edition of: 30
  • Size of image: 64,50 cm x 49,50 cm
  • Size: 104,00 cm x 76,30 cm
  • Production: Michèle Dillier, Moutier
  • CHF 500.00
  • available
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After the diptych "LICHTER ATEM" (2008, lithographs), "Split" and "Kraut (surround)" are the latest works by Julia Steiner for the VFO. This time too, the artist, who is mainly known as a draftswoman, has tried out a new technique: Heliogravure. "Kraut (surround)" is characterized by vital movement and an energetic, free rhythm. The ductus reminds us of a kind of force field as we know it from earlier works. "Split" is an eruptive allover. Splinters of wood whirl around in the air, which could have a threatening effect on the viewer. "Julia Steiner creates [...] dream spaces that ultimately elude fixation - as graspable as the pictures at first appear to be, precisely because of their almost calligraphic qualities, and as much as they tell something at first glance. It is precisely because of these references and withdrawals that the gaze enjoys this dream transformation."

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  • Triptychon 1988/19
  • Linocut
  • Edition of: 300
  • Size of image: 27,70 cm x 48,40 cm
  • Size: 29,70 cm x 51,00 cm
  • Production: Fernand Gautier, Narbonne
  • CHF 360.00
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This year Matias Spescha could have celebrated his 85th birthday. By chance we can offer another older work. Hans Eggenberger writes: "I saw the first works of Matias Spescha in 1968 in Chur. It was not until 1982 that I succeeded in convincing those responsible at the VFO to dare to do a first edition with Spescha. Over time, the artist found favour with many members. So it was possible to publish works in the VFO again and again until his death. In the autumn of 1988 Matias Spescha was ready to create a New Year's paper for me. The artist told me about a trip to Colmar and about the deep impression Grünewald had made on him. Shortly afterwards he painted a large triptych in dark colours. The artist suggested that I take up the idea of the triptych and create a sheet of paper in which the two side parts could be folded for sending by mail. Fernand Gautier printed the linocut in Narbonne in an edition of 300 copies. The folded New Year leaves found their way all over the world. Of the 30 unfolded copies I had left, the VFO can now publish 20 copies."

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  • < Country Rock 1 > 2010
  • Lithography
  • Edition of: 35
  • Size of image: 20,00 cm x 25,00 cm
  • Size: 42,00 cm x 33,00 cm
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 320.00
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  • < Country Rock 2 > 2010
  • Lithography
  • Edition of: 35
  • Size of image: 20,00 cm x 25,00 cm
  • Size: 42,00 cm x 33,00 cm
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 320.00
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  • < Country Rock 3 > 2010
  • Lithography
  • Edition of: 35
  • Size of image: 20,00 cm x 25,00 cm
  • Size: 42,00 cm x 33,00 cm
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 320.00
  • available
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  • < Country Rock 4 > 2010
  • Lithography
  • Edition of: 35
  • Size of image: 20,00 cm x 25,00 cm
  • Size: 42,00 cm x 33,00 cm
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 320.00
  • Sold
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Series

  • Alle 4 Arbeiten (1-4/2010)
  • Edition of: 35
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 1000.00
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Kotscha Reist calls the new series of four lithographs "Country Rock". The works show landscapes with trees, a house, a helicopter, the legs of an animal and its shadow. "Country Rock" suggests a "loud" image. But the lithographs are exactly the opposite: the motifs seem slightly removed, as if wrapped in cotton wool, and they are kept in an intimate format. "The reason for his pictorial inventions is his photographic material, which comes from various sources. Reist usually enlarges and alienates a model. He makes the painted motif appear as if through a veil - and thus almost makes it disappear. This dialectic of presence and absence of things runs through his work from the very beginning." (Konrad Tobler)

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  • Foto Matias Spescha 1992
  • Baryte trigger
  • Edition of: 17
  • Size of image: 23,70 cm x 17,30 cm
  • Size: 30,00 cm x 24,00 cm
  • Production: Ursula Heidelberger, Zurich
  • CHF 400.00
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  • Foto Matias Spescha 1992 (Ausschnitt)
  • Baryte trigger
  • Edition of: 17
  • Size of image: 15,00 cm x 23,50 cm
  • Size: 24,00 cm x 30,00 cm
  • Production: Ursula Heidelberger, Zurich
  • CHF 400.00
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The shot of Matias Spescha was made in 1992, by Bea Eggenberger on the occasion of his first major exhibition at the LAC (Lieu d'Art Contemporain) in Sigean (F). Venice Spescha, the artist's daughter, selected the excerpt from this foto for the invitation card and the catalogue 'Hommage à Matias Spescha, Maison des Arts Bages, 2009'.

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  • Caspar Davids Brotaufstrich 2010
  • Inkjet printing
  • Edition of: 40
  • Size of image: 20,10 cm x 28,70 cm
  • Size: 29,70 cm x 42,00 cm
  • Production: Beat & Susan Etter, Zurich
  • CHF 220.00
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  • Das Bauernfrühstück 2010
  • Inkjet printing
  • Edition of: 40
  • Size of image: 19,70 cm x 33,00 cm
  • Size: 29,70 cm x 42,00 cm
  • Production: Beat & Susan Etter, Zurich
  • CHF 220.00
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  • Der Bücherschänder 2010
  • Inkjet printing
  • Edition of: 40
  • Size of image: 29,30 cm x 12,60 cm
  • Size: 42,00 cm x 29,70 cm
  • Production: Beat & Susan Etter, Zurich
  • CHF 220.00
  • available
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Series

  • Alle 3 Arbeiten 2010
  • Edition of: 40
  • Production: Beat & Susan Etter, Zurich
  • CHF 600.00
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Mark Divo takes Albert Anker, Caspar David Friedrich and Carl Spitzweg as his target and brushes art history neatly against the grain: witty, bold and with little scruple. The still life with crockery and food is re-enacted in a picture by Anker. A farmer's breakfast? The supposedly intact world, the Inser intimacy, gets a sharp crack when the white lines in the foreground catch the eye. Drugs at Anker? An oblique contribution to Anker's jubilation. The ship in Friedrich's painting "The Arctic Ocean" is crushed by the ice masses and has already half sunk. Divo depicts this catastrophe with slices of bread and spread. Romanticism has been shipwrecked here. The quirky bookworm von Spitzweg remains bizarre even in Divo's version: only now he is a "book hater" and nails books to the wall.

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