KÖPFE UND HINTERKÖPFE (Inscribed)
Mit fünfundachtzig Photos
Verlag der Arche,
First edition. Inscribed by Richter to poet and translator Christopher Middleton, "To our friend / Christopher / Middleton / Hans Richter / 67," an interesting association. Eighty-five illustrations in black and white including film stills and photographs by Richter, Man Ray, and others. Black cloth boards, stamped in gilt, in original dust jacket. Near fine with slight spine lean in near fine jacket with light creasing to spine, faint, scant toning and front flap lightly soiled.
Divided into sections devoted to individual ideas, art, and film, including that of Walter Benjamin, Eisenstein, Man Ray, Léger, Pudovkin, and others, Köpfe und Hinterköpfe explores Richter's personal memories and thoughts. First recognized as an important figure in the Dada movement for his paintings and highly politicized writings, Richter's contributions to experimental cinema, particularly in animation, are sginificant. His work was highly collaborative, working with artists like Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, all of whom contributed to perhaps his most well-known project, the film Dreams that Money Can Buy. In addition to his artistic output, Richter became an important voice of art and film theory, a sample of which can be found in this scarce edition.