Salon Verlag & Edition

© Salon Verlag, 10th Anniversary presentation of the so far published artists books in the window of Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne (2000).

Salon Verlag & Edition
Gerhard Theewen

During my studies as sculptor at the Dusseldorf Academy of Art (class of Klaus Rinke) from 1977 to 1980 I started editing and publishing „Salon“, a magazine with original contributions (series of drawings, photographies, watercolours with and without text…) by artists I knew personally (Bernhard Johannes Blume, Walter Dahn, Hans-Peter Feldmann…) but also world-known artists which I met in pubs or at museum- or gallery-openings (for example Lawrence Weiner, Robert Barry, Giulio Paolini, Chris Burden…). There were contributions by class-mates too (Yuji Takeoka, Eva-Maria Schön, Reinhard Mucha…). After having finished my studies I titled my own work „original reproductions“ (reproductions of 20th century masterpieces; paintings, drawings, photographies) which I showed in several exhibtions as my own work of art.

In 1995 I stopped reproducing other artists work and established Salon Verlag which started up where Salon magazine has stopped. The aim was and is to make the work of admired artists public (now as books and editions/multiples). During the last years I started some artists-book-series: édition séparée (with co-editor Reiner Speck) as a series of artists books in which the range from unknown to famous artists is nearly the same as in Salon magazine. Then I established Edition Ex Libris, where the invited artists presents his/her „favorit“ book as a reprint with his/her new cover and a special made bookplate (Ex Libris). This series is like a view to the bookshelves of artists as for instance Thomas Ruff, Louise Bourgeois, Lawrence Weiner, Rosemarie Trockel, Candida Höfer, Thomas Demand, Peter Doig, Mark Dion, Norbert Schwontkowski, Rachel Whiteread, Luc Tuymans, Thomas Ruff, Peter Piller, Marcel Dzama,… who present not only their favorit book but also a kind of link to their own work of art, a sort of reference….

My intention as a publishing artist is to generate a sort of mosaic in which not just the colourful covers but also the contents of the books which I publish will show the portrait of the artist as a publisher of art eventually.

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Artists' publications in the Research Centre for Artists' Publications, Photo: Bettina Brach