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  • Exhibited

    me Collectors Room/Olbricht Foundation, Berlin, Schöne Grüsse Thomas Schütte, 14 September, 2013 - 23 March, 2014 (another example exhibited)
    Carolina Nitsch Project Room, New York, Alte Freunde, 1 March - 28 April, 2012 (another example exhibited)
    Meessen De Clercq, Belgium, Thomas Schütte Alte Freunde (Etchings), 9 December, 2011 - 14 January, 2012 (another example exhibited)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Alte Freunde (Old Friends) is a remarkable set of intimate portrait etchings, based on a series of small polymer clay sculptures, which Thomas Schütte made in the early 1990s. The male protagonists, with their striking features, echo the exaggerated caricatures of Honoré Daumier and demonstrate Schütte’s immersive exploration of physiognomy and human emotion. No anecdotal evidence is given for the encounters between these two men; Schütte instead focuses entirely on the emotions and memories felt by these characters. However, with the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the rapprochement of the two Germany’s, these etched encounters are perhaps symbolic of a people separated and then reunited, of an attempt to reconnect after years of estrangement.


Alte Freunde (Old Friends)

The complete set of 10 etchings in colours with open-bite and carborundum, on J. Whatman and Barcham Green papers, with full margins, with colophon,
82.6 x 56.5 x 1 cm (32 1/2 x 22 1/4 x 0 3/8 in.)
all signed, dated '2010' and numbered 32/35 in pencil (there were also 5 artist's proofs), published by Carolina Nitsch, New York, contained in a brown fabric and cream paper covered portfolio with printed title on the front.

£12,000 - 18,000 ♠ †

Sold for £13,750

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