Notebooks, Volume 1, 1998–99


Author: Anselm Kiefer
Translated by Tess Lewis

9780857427045 | PB | pp. 482 | 2019 | Seagull Books

This first volume of Notebooks spans the years 1998-99. It traces the origins and creative process of the distinguished artist Kiefer’s visual works during this period.

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The power in Anselm Kiefer’s images is rivalled by his writings on nature and history, literature and antiquity, and mysticism and mythology. This first volume of his Notebooks spans the years 1998–1999 and traces the origins and creative process of Kiefer’s visual works during this period. Kiefer here returns constantly to his touchstones: sixteenth-century alchemist Robert Fludd, German romantic poet Novalis, Martin Heidegger, Ingeborg Bachmann and Robert Musil, among others. The entries unmask the process by which his artworks are informed by his reading—and vice versa—and track the development of the works he created in the late 1990s. The diaries reveal Kiefer’s strong affinity for language and let readers witness the process of ideas, experiences and adventures slowly transcending the limits of art, achieving meaning in and beyond their medium.

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Anselm Kiefer
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About the Contributors

The author has produced a diverse body of work comprising of painting, sculpture, and installation that has made him one of the most important European artists of the past four decades. In 2007, Kiefer became the first artist to be commissioned to install a permanent work at the Louvre, Paris since Georges Braque some 50 years earlier. He has lived and worked in France since 1993.

The translator’s translations include works by Peter Handke, Walter Benjamin, Alois Hotschnig, Melinda Nadj Abonji, Julya Rabinowich, Lukas Bärfuss, Philippe Jaccottet, Jean-Luc Benoziglio, and Pascal Bruckner, among others. She has been awarded a PEN Translation Fellowship, and a PEN UK Translation Award. She also serves as an advisory editor for the Hudson Review and writes essays on European Literature for various literary journals and newspapers.


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