241 Bildtitel zum Ausleihen für Künstler / 241 Picture Titles for Hire for Artists, 1986
Pictoral wrappers, glue bound, offset printed, 45pp, 3 b/w illus, English and German. Unsigned and unnumbered. Edition of 500
7h x 4 1/2w in / 17.78h x 11.43w cm
“Martin Kippenberger found himself at the turn of 1985/86 in the Rio jail. When he went to the Copa, for his daily exercise, he couldn’t believe his eyes, but his belief. The T-shirts (prison-garb) seemed to him to have slogans that were too primitive, until he realized that these were codes. He deciphered them. BOY, BOY, BOY.”___from the introduction.
In 241 Bildtitel zum Ausleihen für Künstle, Kippenberger lists two-hundred and forty-one painting title suggestions for possible use by “other” artists. The titles include: Schinkenmaria, the economical one. Tenhundred Kilometers = 1000. Keep on painting by all means, but don’t get hurt. Audience participation doesn’t count. Randiness is the scourge of mankind, sheriff. One bag for three. That’s how it is and that’s how I’ll imagine it. Encouraging repetition reparations. Keep on drawing banana skins. The state of things demands illumination. Long live the refinement of egalitarianism.
Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997) was a German artist recognized for his provocative, jocular and hard-drinking public persona and for his refusal to adopt a single style or medium to disseminate his ideas and images. Extremely prolific, Kippenberger's varied body of work includes a mix of sculpture, paintings, works on paper, photographs, installations, prints, ephemera, performance art and music experimentation. Though he could not be linked to a single style, Kippenberger had a penchant for appropriation, the use of found and/or everyday objects, and the insistence that his art be connected in some way to the everyday world.