Franz Erhard Walther: Four Sentences – 107 Biographical Drawings
Franz Erhard Walther
Franz Erhard Walther Foundation & Hatje Cantz, 2020
In 1958 at the Werkkunstschule in Offenbach, Franz Erhard Walther devised a typographical font without any diagonals. In this artist’s book he uses so-called work sets to form a letter on each page, facing a scene from his life between 1954 to 1973 on the opposite page—an encounter with Reiner Ruthenbeck and Jörg Immendorff, for example, or his first show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Paging through, four sequential “work sets” make an appearance, including “The body draws” and “Sculptural memory”: on the left side, a hand-drawn letter in a mutable yellow, and on the right, a drawing of a recollection originating in his photographic memory. This book, conceived and designed by the artist himself, is itself a work of art.