Author(s): David Weiss
Before he began working with Peter Fischli, David Weiss (1946–2012), who did his sculptor training at the Kunstgewerbeschule Basel, participated from 1975–1977 in various national and international gallery and museum exhibitions where he showed his early drawings, for example in the exhibition Mentalität Zeichnung (1976), curated by Jean-Christophe Ammann in the Kunstmuseum Luzern. Almost without exception, these large-format works on paper originated from small-format drawing books or pads that David Weiss never regarded as sketch-books but instead saw as independent works and as part of the pool and archive of his entire artistic oeuvre, traces of which can also be found in later sculptural works by Fischli/Weiss. Edition Patrick Frey is enormously pleased to publish in cooperation with Edition Weiss a new edition of these mostly newly rediscovered and fascinating early works by the internationally acclaimed Swiss artist. This representative collection Nine Books 1973–1979, published in a limited edition, was initiated by David Weiss himself; after his death the editorial work was overseen by Iwan Schumacher. The original sketchbooks, all of which are part of the David Weiss estate curated by the artist’s son Oskar Weiss, including the works Comix, the legendary Regenbüchlein and the water-color series Im Bad, published in 1974/1975 in the Edition Pablo Stähli, have been printed and bound in a limited edition as a facsimile of the original format.