This is the first major monographic publication dedicated to the work of Irma Blank so far, gathering a large selection of works from all her series, from the 1960’s to the most recent ones initiated in 2017.
‘Blank’ reflects Irma Blank’s dedication to a minimal process of writing without words that questions the boundaries of communication and expression. She found out that ‘there is no such thing as the right word’ and started off working on her first abstract series at the end of the 1960’s.
The book is a chronological journey through her cyclical work, in which each series is an almost ascetic dedication to an emptied form of calligraphy. Some of the works are reproduced on a 1:1 scale allowing the reader a more intimate contact with the work.
Features a recent conversation between Irma Blank and Hans-Ulrich Obrist.
Co-published with Lionel Bovier.
Published on occasion of the touring exhibition ‘Irma Blank: Blank’, curated by Johanna Carrier and Joana P. R. Neves in collaboration with Culturgest, Lisbon; CAPC, Bordeaux; CCA, Tel Aviv; ICA, Milan; Museo Villa Dei Cedri, Bellinzona; and BombasGens Centre d’Art, Valencia.