herman de vries. 16 dm² - an essay

catalogue number: hdv 1979.081.1
creation date: 1975/1979
classification: printed matter
work type: artist's book
medium: the book shows the complete series of collages of 473 dried plants, collected in the meadow near Eschenau; the book is divided in 16 parts; on the front of the pages the 473 plants and grasses are reproduced in Xerox-copy on paper (29.7 × 21 cm); a number followed by two letters indicates the location of the specimens in each of the 16 squares; the book contains a folded map (opened 59.8 × 47.5 cm) showing a square of 40 × 40 cm divided in 16 squares horizontally numbered A, B, C, D and vertically W, X, Y, Z and inside each square the location of all plants are marked and numbered 1 etc.; the handwritten titlepage is followed by a handwritten colophon and by 2 pages with photographs (8.8 × 13 cm) of 16 dm² in the meadow with and without the plants
dimensions: 30 × 22.3 × 6.7 cm
signature and inscriptions: notes and numbered 'realised 1975 / complete published in 1979 / by lydia megert, bern / in an edition of 50 copies / this is number [...]', signed and dated '© 1975 by herman de vries' on page 3 (pencil)
edition: 50, numbered 1/50-50/50
published by Edition Lydia Megert : Bern 1979
current repository: [17/50] private collection (anon. sale, 'Kunst des 19. bis 21. Jahrhunderts. Online', Galerie Kornfeld Bern, 3-14 September 2021 (lot 1250))
[28/50] collection Lenz Schönberg, Söll (VR-14)
[46/50] collection Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (rep. number 1998.1.0015)
[49/50] Zentrum für Künstlerpublikationen/Weserburg, Bremen (on loan from BFA, Tilburg 2018)
[/50] collection herman and susanne de vries
[?/50] collection Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart (rep. number AS 2016/3252)
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related works: '16 dm² - een essay' (1975) and 1 dm² uit "16 dm²" - een essay (Galerie Magazijn : Groningen 1976)
rights & reproduction: herman de vries
exhibition history
1985 'herman de vries', galerie d+c mueller-roth, Stuttgart
1994 'herman de vries. aus der wirklichkeit', Galerie Kornfeld, Zurich
published references
catalogue raisonné herman de vries. les livres et les publications. catalogue raisonné (centre des livres d'artistes : Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche 2005) image repr. on page 158, 159 (catalogue number 50).
collection catalogue José Brokken-Zijp und Hans Brokken, herman de vries - die Wirklichkeit im Bild. Künstlerbücher 1960-1985 (Sammlung Brokken Zijp Foundation of Art/Museum van Bommel van Dam : Venlo 2015) images repr. on pages 108-113, 108-112.