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FRANZ ERHARD WALTHER, Find a purpose for the pocket, 1969 [unsigned]

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FRANZ ERHARD WALTHER, Find a purpose for the pocket, 1969
ca 37 x 13,5 cm
canvas shaped pocket
unlimited edition
not signed
published by Vice-Versand, Remscheid, Germany
€ 400,- + € 18,- registered mail Track & Trace
inv. FEWal 28

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FRANZ ERHARD WALTHER, Works 1958 – 1970, 2003

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FRANZ ERHARD WALTHER, Works 1958 – 1970, 2003
17 x 24 x 5 cm
5 clothes, 20 reproductions, 9 artist’s texts in box; comes with original wrapping with sticker
edition 100
signed, numbered
published by Gallery 360°, Tokyo, Japan
pristine
sold

 

The edition “Works 1958 – 1970” is based on early performance works of Franz Erhard Walther.

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inv.FEWal 502

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FRANZ ERHARD WALTHER, Instrument proportion, 1984

FRANZ ERHARD WALTHER, Instrument proportion, 1984
jute bag: 42 x 46 cm / 16,5 x 18,1 inches
Jute towel, cotton sheath with four pairs of cloth shoes
edition ca 8

not available

 

 

History of prices:
estimate  € 2.000,-  / € 5.500,- November  2012

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FRANZ ERHARD WALTHER, Find a purpose for the pocket, 1969 [signed]

FRANZ ERHARD WALTHER, Find a purpose for the pocket, 1969
ca 37 x 13,5 cm
canvas shaped pocket
stamped signature and date
unlimited edition
condition: very good
published by Vice-Versand, Remscheid, Germany
€ 1.250,- + € 18,- Track & Trace registered mail
inv. FEWal 27

Here the older and smaller version with stamped signature and date is shown. Franz Erhard Walther began making objects (…the work as a tool…) of fabric that invite the viewer to become active. Here a loop sewn onto the verso enables one to wear this triangle shaped pocket on a belt.

There are two versions: one with stamped signature and the year 1969 and one without. Apparently at some point not all editions were stamp signed and dated.
This work may be found with various titles like ‘Find a reason for this pocket’ or ‘Find a purpose for the bag’. In 1969 Wolfgang Feelisch advertised the multiple as “Find a purpose for the pocket”.

History of prices:
Alternateprojects.com, US$ 1,800.- 16 April 2020 (signed)
Van Ham Kunstauktionen, Cologne, Germany € 400,- (hammer price) 24 October 2019 (signed)
Karl & Faber, Munich, Germany € 500,- (excl. VAT) 6 December 2018 (signed)
Artax, Düsseldorf, Germany € 450,- October 2015 (unsigned)
Grisebach, Berlin, Germany € 400,- (hammer price) 29 November 2014 (signed)

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FRANZ ERHARD WALTHER, ‘Sockel: Hand und Arm unten’, 1969

FRANZ ERHARD WALTHER, ‘Sockel: Hand und Arm unten’, 1969
59,3 x 19 x 2 cm / 23 3/8 x 7 ½ x 0 6/8 inches
hand sewn fabric
edition 20
signed, dated, numbered on technical drawing as work certificate (A4 size)

not available

 

 

The pedestal or ‘Sockel’ to be actively used by the viewer is a central concept in Franz Erhard Walther’s work. During the 1960s Franz Erhard Walther produced a series of 58 sculptural objects that were collectively titled ‘1. Werksatz’ (trans. “First Set of Works”). The earliest of these, ‘Stirnstück’ (trans. “Forehead Piece”), 1963, involved using the front of the head to slide a strip of maroon velvet down a wall. The works in the 1. Werksatz series explicitly tackle the relationship body versus sculpture, also dragging in the problem of the pedestal. Here ‘Sockel, Arm und Hand unten’ (1969) is next to being a title basically an instruction for using the piece as a pedestal. Not only meant physically as Piero Manzoni anticipated his ideas with his ‘Magic Bases’ (1962), namely conceived as a means of turning anyone who climbed onto them into a statue, but also as “a condition that produce a mental image”. The pedestal is a metaphor for everything that supports the human individual and upon which our own images come into being.