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Albrecht Fuchs: MK95
Albrecht Fuchs: MK95

Albrecht Fuchs: MK95

Photographs By Albrecht Fuchs, By Michel Würthle


56 Pages, 12.5 x 12.5

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $59.95 (US $59.95) (CA $80.95)

Publication Date: November 2019

ISBN 9783936859751

Rights: US & CA

Snoeck Publishing Company (Nov 2019)

Price: $59.95


Published spring 2008, Albrecht Fuchs' selection of photographs entitled Portraits has been nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2008. The press had already reacted euphorically to the publication of this book, crowning the photographer from Cologne the "artists' darling." This nickname is illustrated amply by the catalytic initial series of photographs that Albrecht Fuchs took of Martin Kippenberger in 1995. Fuchs accompanied him to Dawson City, to his studio or to the Black Forest and in so doing, served his "apprenticeship as a photographer," as he puts it. The huge phenomenon Kippenberger understood his photogenic power and used it calculatedly in his dealings with photographers to tease out the most faithful representation of his idea. The degree to which Albrecht Fuchs has allowed himself to be inspired by this process has aided the photographer to find his own independent and sensitive style of portraiture. The book is published in a special format, carefully printed and finished, in a small, limited, and signed edition.

Author Biography

Albrecht Fuchs (b. 1964) studied photography at the Gesamthochschule Essen from 1986 until 1993. He lives and works in Cologne, where he had his recent show at the Kölnische Kunstverein with 31 Portraits in 2018. With his talent Albrecht Fuchs participated at numerous shows, at places including Kunstraum Düsseldorf, Kunstverein Oldenburg, and Kunstmuseum Bonn. Michel Würthle (b. 1948) founded in 1972 the Kreuzberg restaurant EXIL with his friends Ingrid and Oswald Wiener. What aptitude he had for it we don't know, but perhaps simply because he loved spending time with artists and respected them, EXIL quickly became the centre of the Berlin scene. It was here, on the edge of the Landwehr canal, that artists, actors, and directors, both Germans and foreigners alike, got together without having to show their passports. It was here that a transformation took place. A local, almost provincial scene, became a vibrant and international meeting place, restoring Berlin's reputation as an open and cosmopolitan city for night owls. The circle of artists, most of whom became friends, included Joseph Beuys, Dieter Roth, Gu¨nter Brus, Walter Pichler, Richard Hamilton, Eduardo Paolozzi, Georg Baselitz, Markus Lu¨pertz, Maria Lassnig, and Martin Kippenberger, to name but a few of those who appeared in the hundreds of drawings Michel Würthle made over more than 25 years. His was a sort of professional patronage, as he was not content to just eat and drink with his clientele. He had to manage the place, ensure that everything was going well; to combine commercial operation and the incomparable atmosphere that one sought there and, I think, found like in no other place. It is important to note that the restaurant business is a gruelling trade. The demands of the business, however, never prevented him from observing, from being captivated by the grace of the extraordinary clientele who found a paradoxical promised land at EXIL. Business soon flourished. In 1979, he sold EXIL to buy, with Reinald Nohal, the more centrally located PARIS BAR, which immediately became the mythical place it still is today. Michel Wu¨rthle was a magnet, drawing a coterie of the best artists, as before, to his new haunt. These artists continued to exchange food and drink for their works, which soon adorned the room from floor to ceiling. We came to PARIS BAR to see this new Ali Baba cave: to be a part of this cafe that adopts the principle of Saint-Paul de Vence's Colombe d'Or or Zurich's Kronenhalle. A place where the derisive and self-deprecating energy of the vast punk movement, which overwhelmed the world, will never fully wither. This perseverance is an enigma. We owe it to the personality of Michel Wu¨rthle. He is not only entirely a professional, but also, hidden behind modesty and a genuinely embarrassed smile, an artist, and here also a writer who remembers in very personal text his friend Martin Kippenberger.