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2001

  • philosophische bemerkungen
    eschenau summer press publications 47
    [les livres et les publications 93]

2002

    • my poetry is the world
      [eschenau editions] : eschenau 2002
      140 p. (23.5 × 16.5 cm)
      edition 300, numbered 1-300 + spec. edition 9, numbered i-ix
      translation of the text "my poetry is the world" into 65 languages
      [les livres et les publications 94a and 94b]
    • eschenau sutra
      musée des beaux-arts : lausanne 2002
      36 p. (29,7 × 21 cm)
      edition 600, numbered
      publication which accompanied the exhibition 'herman de vries, différent & identique', Musée des beaux-arts, Lausanne (February 2-April 21, 2002)
      [les livres et les publications 95]

2003

    • argumentstellen : citation de ludwig wittgenstein
      frac bretagne : châteaugiron / editions incertain sens : rennes 2003
      48 p. (29.7 × 21 cm)
      edition 1250
      concept developed in 1968
      [les livres et les publications 96]
  • cover from earth: lila, 2003
    • from earth : +/- lila
      edition lydia megert : bern and montreuil/paris 2003
      10 sheets (23 × 17.4 cm), each with one sample of lila earth, rubbed in by hand by the artist, a handwritten coverpage with, on the back, the identification of the origins of earths: greek island leros, canary island gomera and germany in a handlabeled box
      signed and numbered edition of 13 copies
      see also library of earth colours (2005)
      [les livres et les publications 97]
  • change
    eschenau summer press publications 50
    [les livres et les publications 98]
  • holzbibliothek, 2003
    • steigerwald holzbibliothek. bibliothèque des bois de la région de steigerwald. steigerwald wood library. steigerwald houtbibliotheek
      [with jörn hagen]
      [eschenau editions] : eschenau 2003
      24 volumes; varying formats; edition 9 (multiple)
      [les livres et les publications 99]

2004

    • from earth: gelb jaune yellow
      edition lydia megert : paris/bern 2004
      17 sheets (28.4 × 20.9 cm), each with one sample of yellow earth, rubbed in by hand by the artist, a handwritten coverpage with, on the back, the identification of the origins of earths: bhutan, australia, greece, morocco, canary islands, germany, new zealand, united states, france, indonesia and siberia in a handlabeled box
      signed and numbered edition of 13 copies & 1 a.p.
      see also library of earth colours (2005)
      [les livres et les publications 100]
    • ashes
      eschenau editions : eschenau 2004
      224 p. (33 × 26 cm)
      edition 6, numbered
      book containing 108 rubbed out ashes; including a handwritten index of the origins of the ashes. The book has been bound in black velours goatleather
      [les livres et les publications 101]
    • les très riches heures de herman de vries
      seedamm kulturzentrum – stiftung charles & agnes vögele : pfäffikon 2004
      272 p. (15 × 21.5 cm)
      edition 300, numbered, signed
      [les livres et les publications 102]
    • les très riches heures de herman de vries (1981) was inspired, conceptually, by the beautiful Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. The Limbourg brothers' supreme masterpiece of the genre (created between 1411 and 1416 and containing 131 exquisite miniatures) conformed to the conventional form of the book of hours, being a prayer book in which the canonical hours (horae), the Little Office of the Virgin, a calendar of months with appropriate zodiac maps and signs, etc., were elaborately illuminated and illustrated for the delectation of the very rich patron who commissioned it [...]
    • de vries's heures are, conversely, those of a single summer day in 1982 spent by the artist - the experiencing subject - in the woods near Eschenau: the work consists of 131 black and white photographs taken of whatever detail of the life around him has caught his attention, a fall of sunlight through leaves, grass stems, a single leaf half-eaten by insects, foliage, the bark of a tree. Without regard to any order of devotions or any systematic relation to the passing of the hours, every exposure catches a trace of the actual light of the day on the reality of a single moment.
    • [source: Mel Gooding, herman de vries : chance and change (London 2006)]
    • the music of sound / the sound of music
      published by Seedamm Kulturzentrum Pfäffikon SZ, Stiftung Charles und Agnes Vögele
      Centre des livres d'artistes/Pays-Paysage : Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche 2004
      edition 216, numbered
      [les livres et les publications 103]
    • Listen to 'bach (6 kleine wasserfällchen in einen strom), Oberschwappach' (10.15 min) from CD 1 the music of sound number 2.1.
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    • CD 1: the music of sound
      1. natura artis magistra (10.44 min)
        aufgenommen durch herman de vries 1963, Schaarsbergen (NL)
      2. water, the music of sound. Erste Ausgabe Artists Press Bern, 1977 (see 1977 below)
        1. bach (6 kleine wasserfällchen in einen strom), Oberschwappach - D (10.15 min)
        2. ozean I, Gubacarrigan, Clew Bay - Ire (9.40 min)
        3. ozean II, Killeennabausty, Achill Island - Ire (9.08 min)
        4. regen, Eschenau - D (6.36 min)
        5. quelle, Fatschenbrunn - D (5.31 min)
      3. humanae vitae (12.35 min)
        aufgenommen durch herman de vries 1964, Arnheim
    • CD 2: the sound of music
      1. indian conch (1.48 min)
        herman de vries, aufgenommen durch J.D. Roth, Eschenau 2004
      2. monotone drumming (11.59 min)
        herman de vries; instrument: alaska fire drum
        aufgenommen durch J.D. Roth, Eschenau 2004
      3. eschenau chaos band (35.34 min)
        teilnehmer/innen: herman de vries, Hartmut Geerken, Wolfgang Bauer, Katia Bauer, Edzard Klapp, Hanns Sohm, Willy und Ursel Stahlhofen, Martin Hanslmeier, Ömer Olgunsoy, Virak Olgunsoy, Slu Slusallek, Heidi Hoffmann, Ewerdt Hilgemann, Rainer Pließ, u.a.; instrumente: rahmentrommeln, kongomas, balafon, koreanische gongs, glocken, hölzer u.a.
        aufgenommen durch Sigrid Hauff, Eschenau 1996
  • gold
    eschenau summer press publications 51
    [les livres et les publications 104]

2005

    • from earth: brown braun brun
      edition lydia megert : paris/bern 2005
      11 sheets (28.5 × 22 cm) each with one sample of brown earth, rubbed in by hand by the artist, a handwritten coverpage with, on the back, the identification of the origins of earths : canary islands, india, kenya, germany, japan, thailand, mongolia, australia and peru in a handlabeled box
      signed and numbered edition of 13 copies
      see also library of earth colours (2005)
      [les livres et les publications 105]
  • box library of earth colours, 2005
    • library of earth colours
      edition lydia megert : paris/bern 2005
      7 volumes in 1 box
      edition 6
      box containing the following seven editions, published between 1993 and 2005:
      from white earth / von weisser erde (1993); - green? - (1997); red! rouge! - from red earth   de la terre rouge - (1998); - grey & gray - from earth (2000); from earth: +/- lila (2003); from earth: gelb jaune yellow (2004); from earth: brown braun brun (2005)
      see also Lydia Megert Editions, Bern
      [les livres et les publications 106]
    • flur – und feldnamen rundum eschenau von willi schwappacher. ein beitrag zum erhalt ärtlicher überlieferung herausgegeben von herman de vries
      eschenau edition : eschenau 2005
      1 fol. (80.5 × 94.5 cm)
      edition 150
      [les livres et les publications addenda 3]

2006

    • all ways – statement I
      [with marion reißner]
      eschenau editions : eschenau 2006
      2 fol. (30 × 20,2 cm)
      grey cardboard-cover, with 2 photos in colour (so-called failed shots) and 1 page of transparent paper without text, label with imprint, numbering and signatures inside the cardboard-cover
      edition 13 (numbered and signed)
      [les livres et les publications addenda 6]

2007

    • no word – statement II
      [with marion reißner; translation by nobuyuki yuasa]
      eschenau editions : eschenau 2007
      3 fol. (30.3 × 21 cm)
      grey cardboard-cover, with inside 1 page of transparent paper with the text "no word", 1 photo in colour and 1 white page with a text of Basho (1644-1694). See the statement in the digital catalogue
      edition 17 (numbered and signed)
      les livres et les publications addenda 6]
    • statements [III]
      [with marion reißner]
      eschenau editions : eschenau 2007
      32 p. (29.7 × 21 cm)
      white cardboard-cover, with 32 pages of which 20 with photos in colour and the rest each with a short text (e.g. "here i am" / "die eiche" ... )
      edition 216 (numbered 1 to 216 + 9 numbered I-IX)
      les livres et les publications addenda 6]
    • in memory of the scottish forests
      centre des livres d’artistes : saint-yrieix-la-perche 2007
      408 p. (29,2 × 20,8 cm)
      edition 216
      [les livres et les publications addenda 6]
    • on the beach – morocco, february 2006
      limart : tokyo / luïscius books : 's-hertogenbosch 2007
      printed and bound by Boekdrukatelier het Y, Amsterdam
      66 pages (32 × 21 × 2.7 cm)
      title-page and 33 pages each with a photo in colour, back-page with imprint, numbering and signature, japanese binding, in white cardboard box with title on spine
      edition 36, numbered and signed

2008

  • eigenblut
    eschenau summer press publication 56
  • le chêne de trévans – statement
    eschenau summer press publication 57
  • quelques moments du courant de bès. reproductions photographiques (3 sec. de différence)
    eschenau summer press publication 58
  • looking smelling hearing etc.
    eschenau summer press publication 59
  • chance &change, 2008
    • chance & change
      filmed on May 1-2, 2007 along the Weilersbach in Steigerwald by herman de vries, Nico van Breemen, Riekje Wit, and susanna jacob-de vries
      2 video DVD viz. 'no beginning no end' (37 min) and 'weilersbach' (47 min)
      Galerie Wit, Wageningen
      of this work 36 copies has been produced, numbered 1-36 + 10 copies h.c., numbered a-j; signed by the artist

2009

    • herman de vries : a random sample of my visual chances in diabet 4-5-1973
      eschenau edition : [eschenau] 2009

      red portfolio (25 × 18.4 cm) containg 36 prints of colour photographs (15 × 21 cm)
      edition 17, numbered
      [les livres et les publications addenda 8]
    • herman de vries : mesa. katalog mit dokumentation und einigen anmerkungen und zusätzlichen informationen = catalogue with documentation, some annotations and additional information 1996-2007
      concept and text herman de vries; editing Daniël van de Poel
      Stichting Kröller-Müller Museum : Otterlo 2009
      152 p. (24 × 17 cm)
      edition 500
      [les livres et les publications addenda 8]
  • kant cant
    eschenau summer press publications 60
    • herman de vries : statement
      [escshenau] : eschenau editions 2009
      DVD with performance at the opening of the exhibition 'all this here', Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg Hau
      edition 20, numbered and signed
      [les livres et les publications addenda 9]

2010

  • cover a random sample, 2010
    • herman de vries. a random sample of the seeings of my beings
      centre des livres d'artistes
      saint-yrieix-la-perche 2010
      [352] p. (15 × 21.5 cm)
      booklet with photographs, b&w offset on semi-mat white paper
      edition 300 copies
      [les livres et les publications addenda 9]
    • [herman de vries' photoproject exposition complète] was intended to awaken consciousness to the undeniable truth that anything and everything, here and everywhere, is interesting enough to warrant attention. de vries demonstrates this in practice in the series of photoworks entitled the seeings of my beings (begun in 1973 and sporadically returned to over the next three years), each one itself consisting of a random sample of such 'seeings'. In this respect the seeings of my beings are like the 'visual chances' taken in Luang-Prabang. For it was by chance and change that de vries found himself in that particular Laotian town, and anywhere could have served as well for the purposes of the work, which is in itself simply exemplary. Similarly, the locations chosen for his series of seeings - Eschenau, Senegal, Morocco, Kathmandu - have in themselves no special significance. Wherever de vries found himself he might make such works.
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    • herman de vries : ambulo ergo sum
      Hybriden-Verlag
      Berlin 2010
      mimas atlas # 10
      [20] pp (21.5 × 16 cm)
      boards with letterpress-tile and original tipped-in color photo (each book a different photo) on front panel (hardcover). In cooperation with susanne de vries, Marion Reissner and Merik de Vries; with original artwork consisting of roots in a cellophane bag, signed and numbered on the opposite page. Including a DVD in color with a walk of herman de vries (49.56 minutes)
      edition 50 copies, numbered and signed (includes DVD)
      [les livres et les publications addenda 8]
    • 'konkrete poëzie - een essay', in IZ 6
      G.J. de Rook : Den Haag 2010
      (29.7 × 21 cm)
      edition 26
      [les livres et les publications addenda 9]
    • kant cant
      set of 9 postcards with texts from kant's gesammelte schriften; band VIII, kant's handschriften nachlaß, band VIII; opus posthum convolut I, p. 1-158, berlin und leibzig [sic] 1936
      eschenau editions - herman de vries : [eschenau] 2010
      postcards with texts from eschenau summer press publications 60
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bibliographic references

• herman de vries. les livres et les publications. catalogue raisonné / textes de herman de vries, Anne Moeglin-Delcroix, Didier Mathieu (centre des livres d'artistes : Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche 2005)

Click here for a supplement for the years 2004-2012

• herman de vries – die Wirklichkeit im Bild. Künstlerbücher 1960-1985 / José Brokken-Zijp en Hans Brokken (Museum van Bommel van Dam : Venlo 2015)