herman de vries

books and publications

2000
different & identic
eschenau summer press publications 45.
[les livres et les publications 91]
- grey & gray - from earth
edition lydia megert : bern and montreuil/paris 2000
9 sheets (28.5 × 21 cm), each with one sample of grey earth, rubbed in by hand by the artist, a handwritten coverpage with, on the back, the identification of the origins of earths : greece, island, france, poland and switzerland in a handlabeled box
signed and numbered edition of 17 copies.
See also library of earth colours (2005).
[les livres et les publications 92]
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', Musé 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]
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]
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.

  • CD 1: the music of sound
    • 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]
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.
2006
all ways – statement I
[with marion reißner]
eschenau editions : eschenau 2006
2 fol. (30 × 20,2 cm)
edition 13 (numbered and signed)
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.
2007
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.
statements (III)
[with marion reißner]
eschenau editions : eschenau 2007
32 p. (29.7 × 21 cm)
edition 216 (numbered 1 to 216 + 9 numbered I-IX)
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" ... ).
no word – statement II
[with marion reißner; translation by nobuyuki yuasa]
eschenau editions : eschenau 2007
3 fol. (30.3 × 21 cm)
edition 17 (numbered and signed)
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).
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)
edition 36, numbered and signed.
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.
2008
looking smelling hearing etc.
eschenau summer press publication 59.
quelques moments du courant de bès. reproductions photographiques (3 sec. de différence)
eschenau summer press publication 58.
le chêne de trévans – statement
eschenau summer press publication 57.
eigenblut
eschenau summer press publication 56.
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
18.4 × 25 cm
edition 17, numbered
red portfolio containg 36 prints of colour photographs (21 × 15 cm)
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.
kant cant
eschenau summer press publications 60.


bibliographic reference
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.