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André Butzer. Art Edition No. 1–25 ‘Overpainted Covers’

Edition of 25
Hardcover in clamshell box, 11 x 13.3 in., 3,12 kg (6.87 lb), 420 pages, each copy with a unique cover overpainted and signed by the artist
US$ 12,000
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Made in close collaboration with the artist, this unprecedented huge-format survey presents the future and origins of his painting according to André Butzer. From his early works of “Science Fiction Expressionism” to his exploration of abstraction’s far limits, Butzer emerges as an ever-inventive colorist who finds a new beginning in each work. This Art Edition comes as an art object in its own right, each with a unique cover overpainted and signed by the artist.

Art Edition of 25 copies, each with a unique cover overpainted and signed by the artist.

Home is where the colors live

The painting of André Butzer
Fusing European expressionism with American popular culture, André Butzer started painting his way through the artistic and political extremes of the 20th century. With wide-ranging influences including the likes of Friedrich Hölderlin, Edvard Munch, Walt Disney, and Henry Ford, he developed a fictitious universe centered around the space colony NASAHEIM. There dwells the Peace-Siemens, a friendly head-shape that combines utopian ideas with the economical thinking of budding mass-consumerism, while a figure like the Wanderer offers romantic projections, or the Shame-Human reflections of the political past. This universe lends thematic depth to the canvases, with the characters acting as protagonists of paint, surrounding the N-House, home of all colors, in the style the artist has termed “Science-Fiction Expressionism.”

Some years into the new millennium, the colors took on a life of their own and grew into abstract paintings of lines freewheeling across the canvas. Moving closer to the limits of painting, from 2010 on Butzer explored the fundamental dimensions and potentialities of painterly expression in the seemingly black surfaces of his N-Paintings. Butzer then relocated to California in 2018, painting outdoors year-round. The resulting works brim with colorful freshness, an extended family of lines and figurations with new attitudes refined by their experiences at the far edge of abstraction.

This is the first book to span the full range of Butzer’s oeuvre from 1999 to 2021, the works’ progression gaining an almost musical drive of development, return, and new beginnings. The plates are interspersed with contemporary quotes from the artist that illuminate his idiosyncratic stance as a background to the work, as well as photos from his archives. The introductory essay, written by Hans Werner Holzwarth, investigates the different work phases, and places the artist’s ideas in a wider discourse of abstraction and figuration after the end of either of these genres. And, most importantly, the book’s pristine, huge-format illustrations fully evidence the finesse as a colorist that place this artist among the internationally most recognized painters of his generation.

This exclusive Art Edition of only 25 copies comes with a unique cover individually overpainted and signed by the artist. Using the book’s yellow linen as his canvas, on each cover Butzer introduces two faces out of his cast of three pictorial characters that embody the fundamental themes of his work since 1999: the Wanderer, the Woman, and the Peace-Siemens. With the artist’s signature prominently placed on the spine, this edition of the book is an extension of the work it presents, an art object in its own right, encased in a special blue clamshell box.

Also available in a second Art Edition (No. 26–125), each with a pendant light individually painted and signed by the artist.
The artist

André Butzer was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1973. For more than 25 years he has painted his way through the extremes of the 20th century, exploring art, politics, and pop culture. Paintings for him are “localizations of the greatest despair and the greatest hope,” which is exactly why “they come closest to the very joy and aid we are in dire need of.” After spending several years in California, he now lives in the southwest of Berlin and is one of the most internationally recognized painters of his generation.

André Butzer. Art Edition No. 1–25 ‘Overpainted Covers’
Edition of 25
Hardcover in clamshell box, 11 x 13.3 in., 3,12 kg (6.87 lb), 420 pages, each copy with a unique cover overpainted and signed by the artist