Publisher: Zürich (Zurich): JRP|Ringier, 2007
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / New
Item #: 110383
First edition, first printing. Limited edition of 30 copies with an original inkjet print (image size 9-1/4 x 9-1/4 inches, paper size 10-1/8 x 10-1/8 inches), signed and numbered verso by Piller.
Hardcover. Black paper-covered boards with title printed in white on cover and spine, with matching black-and-white printed dust jacket and black page-marker ribbon. Newspaper photographs collected, edited and grouped by Peter Piller. Edited and designed by Christoph Keller. Unpaginated (384 pp.), with 583 four-color and 1000 black-and-white illustrations. 11-1/4 x 11-1/4 inches.
New in publisher's shrink-wrap.
Published on the occasion of 2007-2008 exhibitions at the Salzburg Kunstverein, the Hamburg Kunsthalle and at Kunsthaus Glarus (Switzerland). When he was a picture editor for an advertising agency, the German artist Peter Piller began to build an archive of thousands of newspaper photographs. As he poured over them and began to categorize them in quirky ways, he developed a new visual language. Comprised of over 1500 images culled from newspapers, Piller's Zeitung is a veritable encyclopedia of photographs grouped according to an unexpected common detail, a strange suggested back story or some other bizarre common thread. An archive representing a more public version of Gerhard Richter's personalized Atlas, Piller's project, through these otherwise unremarkable [uncaptioned] images, nonetheless has as much to say about the artist as it does the strange patterns and obsessions of contemporary culture.
From the publisher: "From 1994 to 2005, German artist Peter Piller worked a day job at a leading Hamburg ad agency where he was responsible for analyzing and archiving more than 150 regional newspapers. The grinding repetition of this task inspired him to create the Peter Piller Archive, which consists of countless images culled from these newspapers and gathered into 80-some highly subjective categories such as 'Touching Cars,' 'Sad, Hopeless, Despair, Tristesse,' 'Girls Firing Arms,' 'Stand-in, Protests' or 'Man and Fire.' Zeitung, part of a series of artists' projects edited by Christoph Keller, is the most complete compilation to date of Piller's fascinating collection, which, at turns mundane and grotesque, constitutes an improbable typology of press photography from the last decade."