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Sigmar Polke—Zeichnungen 1963–1969

BOUND IN DARK-BLUE LINEN, with a cover drawing stamped in silver (as are the words on the spine), this meticulously printed volume of Sigmar Polke’s early drawings is an imposing proposition. The easily manageable weight of the splendid publication, then, is a real surprise, yet clearly one more reflection of its publisher’s mission. For this volume is no bibliophile artwork in the conventional sense—it is more a labor of love. Publisher Johannes Gachnang clearly decided on the generous size of the book to correspond to the format of drawings superbly reproduced within, yet he also selected a soft, woody paper—of a subtly grained white that is hard to define—that is astonishingly light. In short, the book as medium here assumes the same function as that of the ideal gallery space, one that has been specifically designed to receive and present a particular artwork. I am emphasizing the

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