|Walther, Franz Erhard ; Baumann, Jana ; Quack, Gregor ; Reichert, Kolja ; Verna, Gaëtane
A superbly designed volume on the father of participatory sculpture
The interrelationship of media and the participatory component of art are central to this career-spanning monograph of the work of German artist Franz Erhard Walther (born 1939). Proceeding from his earliest works, his Word Images, brightly colored monochrome works, to his influential First Work Set presented at the revolutionary Spaces show at MoMA in 1969, one of the earliest artworks designed to be manipulated by the public and on to his large scale textile works from the 1970s to now that combine aspects of performance, painting, sculpture and architecture, Shifting Perspectives demonstrates how Walther has pioneered intermedia and participatory art. This beautiful volume reflects the colorful textile materials that Walther picked up from pop art and has used throughout his career, with special colored page edges and a clothbound cover.