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Allusion is not Illusion

You'll pry my books off my cold, dead body. By the time you shift them all I'll be flat and dessicated.

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Kippenberger & Friends - Josephine Von Perfall

Are you really interested in Kippenberger? Do you already know quite a bit about his life and art? Do you like him a lot? This book may make a great addition to your art library.

If the answer to those questions is "no" then I'm not sure what the appeal of this book would possibly be for you. It consists of numerous "conversations" (many conducted by email) with artists, curators, gallerists, et al individuals who knew Kippenberger. Most of these people aren't especially interesting in their own right, at least not for their writing. The interview questions are pretty standard ones like "How did you meet Kippenberger?". Kippenberger himself was an interesting guy, by all accounts, but he was dead before this book came out and so his conversation is all at second, as remembered usually years later. Also, Kippenberger was an usually public person; that is, not someone who had a lot of hidden private aspects. All the interviewers say pretty much much the same things about him and describe his personality in the same way: narcissistic, insecure, needing to be the center of attention, high energy, drinking a lot. So the interviews are frankly rather repetitive.

There's not much in the way of images here. There is a photo or two paired with each interview, often social snapshots not intended to have aesthetic merit. The art produced by Kippenberger and the others mentioned in the book is hardly shown at all, usually somewhat visible in the background behind people at an art opening or something like that.