Gerhard Richter has been creating his Artist Books since 1966, and Heni Publishing celebrated the release of his last book, 40 Tage, with an exhibition which opened on the 23rd February 2017.
40 Tage features a series of 40 graphite-on-paper drawings, drawn between May and September 2015. Richter’s Artist Books are considered to be artworks in their own right and have become sought after items. The latest title was published as a limited edition of 800 numbered copies worldwide.
To coincide with the books release, the 40 Tage series of work was displayed as facsimiles of the original works, at the Heni exhibition space in Soho, London from the 23rd February to 9th April 2017. The works spanned two rooms, organised chronologically, followed by a third room dedicated to Richter’s engagement with artist books. All 30 of the previously released books were displayed, including: Polke/Richter. Richter/Polke (Hannover: Gallerie h, 1966), War Cut II (Cologne: Walter Koenig, 2004), and Atlas in Four Volumes (Cologne: Walter Koenig, 2015).
As part of the coverage Hans-Ulrich Obrist spoke with 52 Insights about the artist and his books.