Gerhard Steidl began working as a designer and printer in 1967, when he was just 17 years old. On the occasion of an Andy Warhol exhibition in Cologne the following year, Steidl approached the artist. Fascinated by the intensity and saturated colours of Warhol’s work, Steidl asked about his silkscreen printing technique. Giddily he returned to his hometown of Göttingen, two hours north of Frankfurt, and set up his first printing studio, following the principle of “learning by doing”.
“In many ways the late Joseph Beuys was my teacher. From 1972 until his death, I produced most of his multiples and prints. He helped to sharpen my awareness of unusual materials and to create, if they were handled with meticulous care and attention to detail, moving works of art. Ever since, I have sought the challenge and thrill of working with unconventional materials and techniques in order to create objects surpassing the realm of mere mass production”.
In 1972, the first Steidl book, “Befragung zur documenta” (“Questioning documenta”) was published. From 1974, Steidl added political non-fiction to his program. In the early 1980s, he expanded into literature and selected art and photography books, and in 1989, he published his first paperback editions.
“All our books are designed and produced under the same roof. These days, very few publishers run their own printing presses”, says Steidl. “I, however, firmly believe in this noble tradition, as it enables me to follow and oversee every aspect of a book, from the artist’s initial idea to the final product. Thus, I can ensure a quality standard that would otherwise remain elusive.” [Ler mais...]
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