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Dear Friends,

With so many museums closed, the exhibition catalogue business is down as well and the autonomous art book – finally, one might say – is celebrating its resurrection. Isn’t this the perfect moment to establish a substantial art book section in your store?

I’d like to highlight two such autonomous art books adorning our 2021 program: Painted Animals presents painterly masterpieces from six centuries. Zoology, art history, and literary descriptions form a magic triangle and an extraordinary picture and reading book for children and specialists of all ages. A feast for the eye and a travel guide to the history of human relationships with big and small animals. The sweetest fruit of our fall program, if you will.

Cy Twombly’s major oeuvre teamed with the story of his life and his nonpareil life style is the subject of Homes &Studios. The book features the most beautiful pictures by Horst P. Horst, Bruce Weber, Deborah Turbeville, and many other photographers. An international art book bestseller on its way, with texts in English, French, and German.

I also want to mention the six major monographs dedicated to the life and work of Frida Kahlo, Joseph Beuys, Walker Evans, Gerhard Richter, Cy Twombly, and Wols. Each of them in a unique way, they combine a careful selection of images with texts of high literary quality. In particular I‘d like to mention what might be the greatest novelty in this category, the first book publication on the paintings of Wols, who was born Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze in Berlin in 1913 and died as an emigré in Paris in 1951. His paintings created between 1946 and 1951 rewrote the history of abstraction in the era of existentialism. Sartre, a close friend of Wols‘, saluted him with his writings. On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Wols‘ death on September 1, our monograph will be published as the highlight of this season’s art book production.

Celebrating the 100th birthday of Joseph Beuys, six new commemorative publications, collection overviews, and analyses from today’s view are dedicated to this epochal artist and personal friend of Schirmer/Mosel.

If you place all these publications in the center of your new art book section, add some of our Frida Kahlo books plus a few titles from our Visual Library series you’ve created a great new attraction for you audience at smallcapital investment.

Munich‘s way of life and joie de vivre are reflected in the autobiographic writings of Franz Dahlem, enfant terrible of German art dealing and fearful Baselitz impresario; in the memories and portraits of Munich beau and society photographer, Roger Fritz; and in our tribute to famous bartender Charles Schumann who will be eighty in September.

And please note the following anniversaries: this summer, the world of fashion is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Yves Saint Laurent company in Paris; Jim Morrison, mythical frontman of The Doors, died fifty years ago on July 3, 1971, in Paris; and photographer Diane Arbus died fifty years ago on July 26, 1971, in New York. Our books will accompany the commemorations celebrating these great artists and exceptional phenomena. A shop window dedicated to the great Americans in our program – Diane Arbus, Vivan Maier, Walker Evans, Cy Twombly, Jim Morrison – seems downright natural…

Thank you for your attention.

  LS-Blau
Lothar Schirmer
May 2021

   
 

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