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Jörg Krichbaum Step by Step - Tiré à part # 2, 1979

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Jörg Krichbaum, Step by Step - Tiré à part # 2
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  • Medium

    Photography : pigment ink

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    16.5 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch

  • Support

    Photography on baryta paper

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 5 copies
    5 remaining copies

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Signed artwork

  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    Off-Print # 2 (Munich 1979) from the portfolio Step by Step (Coffret Prestige # 1)
    This image was captured on film (1979) The selected negative was printed on Baryta paper by the author and then limited digital reproduction printed later (2021) on fine art paper Photo Rag Baryta 310 gsm for highest age resistance using pigment inks which are known for their longevity.
    Steps, a ladder, almost all from the bottom to the top, to show you are climbing. Or ? It's up to everyone to decide, to think about which metaphor they prefer. But it's still a personal matter. For some it will be happy, easy or joyful, while for others, Jörg says in a text written in 1982, the image will refer to a painful memory, a painful sensation, an ordeal. Because this image is "us", it is only us but it is all of us.

    Limited Edition 1/5 Unframed
    Please note this will include any custom sizes requested

    German photographer Jörg Krichbaum is clearly one of the "greats" of his generation. He is appreciated not only in his country but also in Italy, Belgium or France. His work, his artistic discourse, cannot be caught at first glance, because they cannot be seen in a single shot, but when they are presented in sets that have become coherent despite their disparities. This is what led the artist to accept as many exhibitions as possible.

    Following his death in 2002, his beneficiaries choose to preserve and protect this photographic archive, but do not give it the visibility it deserves. It was only in 2016 that an inventory and analysis work began in Brussels, when these archives were entrusted to Brussels Art Edition. Today, those in charge of the Krichbaum Fund are determined to transfer this archive as soon as possible to a European cultural organization (museum, specialized library, etc.) in order to ensure its final conservation and presentation to the public.

    Before this transfer, the curator and the beneficiaries have chosen to give the opportunity to great amateurs and collectors to acquire thematic “portfolios”, all made up of original silver prints, of exceptional quality, on baryta paper, with very rich midtones and really dense blacks.
    They are all signed and dated by the artist himself, all authenticated by the curator. Prints so rare that they can be considered unique pieces, even if some were printed in 2 or 3 copies in the 1980s and 90s.

    The detailed biography of the artist can be found on Wikipedia, his books and catalogs of his exhibitions are still for sale on the Internet (by Amazon and others), everything allows the enthusiast to verify for himself that the today's offer is truly exceptional.
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Jörg Krichbaum

Germany Born in: 1945

Jörg Krichbaum was only 56 years old when he died in Brussels in 2002. Each of his talents, all already established and recognized, would be enough to fill a life: if he is above all a respected photographer, admired and honored with numerous exhibitions and awards professional, he is also a writer, journalist, editor, writer, novelist, playwright. And because his days are obviously longer than ours, he adds painting, sculpture and musical composition. He is a man of abundant existence who will nevertheless become through his photos "the pope" of minimalism, the expert in purity, the narrator of absence, the perfect continuator of the "New Objectivity".

Passionate about architecture, passionate about design, he shows the smallest detail, such as a door handle, the edge of a step, the metal frame of a tent without canvas, not because it is a speaking element of a remarkable construction, but because it bears witness to an intrinsic life, its own, of so many others too, those of its absent users because they had been there in the past but never captured by the photographer's lens, and all the lives that we can imagine since such are the destiny and the freedom of the spectators, the voyeurs, that we are.

From these graphic voids he overflows narrative, leaving everyone to "imagine" what seems to us to be missing in these inanimate images. No human being ever appears in this photographic work, with the exception of statues or mannequins in a fashion store window.

And yet each of these photos screams, even screams, its human dimension because everywhere, from an agonizing stack of tubes in Rome to the placidity of a mooring post in the port of Lisbon, everything is human creation, traces, assertiveness and ultimately arrogance of one species towards all the others who also inhabit this planet.

What questions could a German artist, born in November 1945 in Dortmund, who reached his fifties and perfectly master his technique, ask himself about the place of man and his direct responsibility in the development of humanity? Looked at one by one, these photos tell of the infinity of emptiness, the unfathomability of human beings, the dread of the abyss such as this twentieth century imposed.

Resonating, as they are presented here, grouped into thematic portfolios, they affirm on the contrary the din of men, the persistence of their chimeras. By spreading out the shots over several years and in incredibly varied places, these portfolios attest to the artist's desire, as for a pointillist painting, to gradually create the message so that it appears in the entire constituted . A rare work, an exceptional work, interrupted prematurely but which can finally be found here to the delight of art lovers and collectors.

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