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Semff, Michael

Works: 304 works in 820 publications in 3 languages and 5,846 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Catalogues raisonnés  Catalogs  History  Illustrated works 
Roles: Editor, Author, Contributor, Creator, Other, Author of introduction, wst, Interviewer, Compiler, Honoree, Curator, zxx, Publishing director, Adapter, Redactor, wpr, pan, wat
Classifications: N6888.P56, 759.3
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Michael Semff
Sigmar Polke : works on paper 1963-1974 by Margit Rowell( Book )

18 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sigmar Polke's thirty-five-year career, during which he has produced a vast range of work in all mediums, has earned him a reputation as one of the most significant artists of his generation. Born in 1941, he began his creative output around 1963 in Dusseldorf during a time of enormous social, cultural, and artistic changes in Germany and elsewhere. Few of his works demonstrate more vividly his imagination, sardonic wit, and subversive approach than the drawings, watercolors, and gouaches produced during the 1960s and early 1970s. Embedded in these images are incisive and parodic commentaries on consumer society, the postwar political scene in Germany, and classic artistic conventions." "This book is published to accompany the first American museum exhibition of Polke's drawings from this period, shown at The Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1999. More than 300 works are illustrated, virtually all of them in color. They include small sketches in ballpoint and felt-tipped pen, larger sheets in watercolor and gouache, and still others stamped with a dot screen process."--Jacket
Hans Bellmer by Hans Bellmer( Book )

12 editions published in 2006 in German and English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Surrealists' fascination for dolls and machines resembling humans is especially evident in the work of Hans Bellmer (1902-1975). Rejecting the Nazis' Aryan ideals, the artist began creating disturbing dolls from wax, wood, flax, plaster and glue in 1933. This comprehensive monograph, containing new analytical essays by curators Agnes de la Beaumelle and Alain Sayag, and historian Weiland Schmied, as well as a detailed chronology of the artist's life, provides insight into the work of this master of Surrealism."--Jacket
Ellsworth Kelly : plant drawings, 1948-2010 by Ellsworth Kelly( Book )

19 editions published in 2011 in German and English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Painting on paper : Josef Albers in America by Josef Albers( Book )

9 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This publication presents a wealth of in part unknown colored works on paper by Josef Albers (1888-1976), documented for the first time. It was not until the German-born artist emigrated to the U.S. that he emerged as a prominent artist and influential teacher. Beginning in about 1940, Albers allowed himself to be inspired by Mexico's pre-Columbian architecture, sculpture and textile art, which led to a liberation of his aesthetic sensibilities and to unconventional, radiant pitches of color, the likes of which modern painting in Europe had never seen before. In ca. 1950, he discovered the square, in his eyes the ideal form for color. He was both a resolute painter as well as a color philosopher. Each of the works on paper presented here arouses a sensuous fascination for the phenomenality of color
Brice Marden : work books, 1964-1995 by Brice Marden( Book )

13 editions published in 1997 in 4 languages and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Artschwager : Zeichnungen 1960-2002 = drawings 1960-2002 by Richard Artschwager( Book )

13 editions published in 2003 in German and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dürer to de Kooning : 100 master drawings from Munich by Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Staatliche Graphische Sammlung in Munich houses one of the finest and most famous collections of drawings and prints in Germany, with holdings of around 400,000 works ranging from the fifteenth century to modernity. Published to accompany an exhibition at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, 100 Master Drawings from Munich comprises lush full-color illustrations of over one hundred of the museum's works of art. Demonstrating the impressive depth and breadth of works owned by the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, the works in this volume range from rough preparatory sketches to meticulously executed studies and encompass a variety of media, including silverpoint, chalk, ink, and aquarelle. Among the many extraordinary pieces are Old Dutch and German prints, nineteenth-century German drawings, and works by Dürer and Rembrandt. But equally not to be missed are the many compelling works of contemporary graphic art for which the museum is best known
Terry Winters : prints 1999-2014 by Elizabeth Finch( Book )

10 editions published in 2014 in English and German and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This exquisite, elegant volume includes every print made by the highly regarded American artist Terry Winters over the past fifteen years. Terry Winters' prints explore an enormous range of themes, from botany and biology to math and information technology. He has worked in nearly every mode of printmaking, including etching, screen-printing, lithography, and wood engraving. Frequently organized in serial groupings, Winters' prints display free floating cellular structures or clusters of spirals, knots, grids, and networks. His forcefully made works are rich in ambiguity and allusion. This book features fifty beautiful reproductions, accompanied by insightful texts and comparative paintings and drawings. The complete catalog of Winters' prints made between 1999 and 2014 is also included here, along with an essay by novelist and critic Francine Prose"--
Philip Guston : prints : catalogue raisonné by Philip Guston( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and German and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When Philip Guston turned to the medium of lithography in the early sixties, he was regarded as one of the leading figures of Abstract Expressionism in the United States. At that time, his art was already showing signs of the change that would lead to the later representational works that dominated the last decade of his career. The impressive series of black-and-white lithographs that Guston made shortly before his death in 1980 incorporates, as a sort of visual autobiography, the complete repertoire of objects that marked his return to powerful pictorial representation: simple everyday items, clocks, shoes, books, cigarettes, ashtrays, and occasionally his beloved sandwiches and cherries. All of these things, taken from the world of the private and intimate, are given a unique vitality by Guston's ironic eye and deliberate hand in the soft cadences of the lithographic crayon. This superb-quality illustrated book is the first publication to present Guston's complete printed oeuvre. Fifty-nine exquisite reproductions showcase a printmaker who--along with Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning--was one of the leading American artists of the twentieth century"--Provided by publisher
P.P.P., Pier Paolo Pasolini : Pier Paolo Pasolini and death by Pier Paolo Pasolini( Book )

7 editions published in 2005 in English and German and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

*Weitere Angaben Sonstiges: Pier Paolo Pasolini ist einer der herausragenden und schillerndsten Protagonisten des intellektuellen Europa in der zweiten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts. Als Autor von Gedichten in der Sprache seiner friaulischen Heimat, von Romanen und theoretischen Aufsätzen, als Regisseur Aufsehen erregender Filme, aber auch als Zeichner und Maler richtete sich sein Blick in erster Linie auf zeitlose, archaische Themen: das Schicksal des Menschen, das bäuerliche Leben, die Religion, die Sexualität, den Tod. Dabei bewegte er sich stets ausserhalb jeder Normalität, fand Bilder von aussergewöhnlicher Klarheit und Schärfe und wurde dabei zum grössten Provokateur der italienischen Gesellschaft. Anlässlich seines 30. Todestages gibt der Band anhand seiner Schriften, Filme, Zeichnungen und Malerei Einblick in Pasolinis Wertvorstellungen und Ideale. Einen der Ausgangspunkte bildet die These, dass Pasolinis Kunstverständnis und seine Weltsicht schon früh die Idee eines gewaltsamen Todes in sich trugen, den er schliesslich bewusst gesucht haben könnte, um durch ihn die Einheit von Leben und Werk herzustellen
Willi Baumeister : Zeichnungen by Willi Baumeister( Book )

12 editions published in 1996 in German and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Per Kirkeby : Bronze, Kaltnadel, Holz by Per Kirkeby( Book )

6 editions published in 2014 in German and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Udstilling af skulpturer og litografier af Per Kirkeby
Georg Baselitz : Druckgraphik 1964-1983 : aus der Sammlung Herzog Franz von Bayern by Georg Baselitz( Book )

11 editions published in 2008 in German and English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Al Taylor : drawings = Zeichnungen by Al Taylor( Book )

7 editions published in 2006 in German and English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philip Guston : drawings for poets by Philip Guston( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philip Guston always had eminent artist friends. Tireless in his quest for the unknown, the still undiscovered, Guston engaged poets and literati in intense dialogues that, starting in the sixties, led to fruitful collaborations - including the creation of numerous illustrations and cover images for works by poets such as William Corbett, Bill Berkson, and Clark Coolidge. In his 'poem-pictures', Guston ultimately turned to producing interactions of text and drawings - as responses to poems by his writer friends or as independent works that incorporated selected lines of poetry
Künstler zeichnen, Sammler stiften : 250 Jahre Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München by Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München( Book )

21 editions published in 2008 in German and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Al Taylor, prints : catalogue raisonné by Al Taylor( Book )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and German and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Catalogue Raisonne of Al Taylor's graphic works introduces a previously nearly unknown aspect of his oeuvre to the public for the first time. Aside from the published prints, the catalogue also includes many trial proofs and variations, which sometimes substantially differ from the final versions. Taylor's graphic works combine the age-old medium with new creative ideas, the experimental spirit of which makes them among the most inventive works produced by this generation
Nicolas Guibal, 1725-1784, Zeichnungen : Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Graphische Sammlung, 18. März bis 21. Mai 1989 by Nicolas Guibal( Book )

10 editions published in 1989 in German and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Bishop : Malerei auf Papier = paintings on paper by James Bishop( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in German and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Sigmar Polke : works on paper 1963-1974
Hans BellmerPainting on paper : Josef Albers in AmericaRichard Artschwager : Zeichnungen 1960-2002 = drawings 1960-2002P.P.P., Pier Paolo Pasolini : Pier Paolo Pasolini and deathAl Taylor : drawings = ZeichnungenAl Taylor, prints : catalogue raisonnéJames Bishop : Malerei auf Papier = paintings on paper
Alternative Names
Michael Semff deutscher Kunsthistoriker

Michael Semff Duits kunsthistoricus

Michael Semff German art historian

Michael Semff historiador de l'art alemany

Michael Semff historiador del arte alemán