PRINT November 2012


David Weiss and Urs Lüthi, untitled, 1970, offset print, 15 5/8 x 10 3/4". From the series “Sketches,” 1970. Photo: Willy Spiller.

AS A YOUNG ARTIST just starting out, David Weiss made a series of drawings that he published in a small edition in 1975, and in the ensuing decades this Regenbüchlein, or “little rain book,” has achieved an almost mythic status. After David died this past April, I took it out again, for the first time in many years, and was struck by the dedication printed at the beginning of an otherwise wordless volume: “To my friends.” What might seem a hackneyed sentiment certainly now, in retrospect, takes on a profound significance. For though David did, of course, have many friends, more importantly he saw himself very early on as part of a community (as people began saying back then in the 1970s). And community naturally implied its plural, which is to say, micro-social contexts, consisting of various groups and scenes (another word familiar from that time). In the course of his life, he

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