MAGIE DER ZAHL IN DER KUNST DES 20. JAHRHUNDERTS (The Magic of the Number in 20th-Century Art). Ed. by Karin v. Maur. Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, 1997. Published in association with Verlag Gerd Hatje, Ostfildern. 382 pp. with 651 ills. (234 col.). 31 x 23 cm. LC 97-163280 ISBN 3775706666 In German (one reprinted text in English only).
An in-depth investigation of the varied use of numbers as symbols and as pictorial and organizational devices in 20th-century art, this substantial catalogue documents an exhibition of some 500 paintings, drawings, prints, collages, photomontages, sculptures and installations by Duchamp, Schwitters, Grosz, Klee, Picabia, Warhol, Johns, Beuys, Kounellis, Polke, Indiana, Borofsky, Darboven, Kosuth, Kawara and scores of other predominantly postwar figures. Includes good reproductions of the featured works, texts by Max Bill, Bernar Venet, Mel Bochner and three other artists, and 17 essays discussing such topics as the status of numbers as artistic emblems of modernity, the structural parallels between art and mathematics, the use of the number as a "found object," and the interplay of mathematical and linguistic systems in modern art.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-1945 — Several Media
Worldwide Number: 026165