Peter Zimmerman

Tanja Grunert

The desire to speak in a painting? Practicing the desire to paint, the “concreteness that has been depicted,” in a speaking painting? The man who wants all this is the Conceptual painter Peter Zimmermann, who, since 1987, has been depicting book covers as paintings. There’s nothing wrong here: he cleverly chooses the titles, which all come from books of the ’50s, ’60s, and early ’70s. These books include several atlases, An Introduction to Modern Linguistics, Abstraction and Empathy, Michelin and Baedeker guides, as well as how-to books like Think and Get Rich and Wallpapering Today. These titles can all be recognized, indeed read, as special and general problems of contemporary art. Whether referring to Donald Judd’s aluminum boxes or to universal artistic goals, all categories get equal treatment. Reception is put on the same level as the act of painting.

Earlier, Zimmermann painted book

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