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Thomas Schütte, Old Friends Revisited – Limited Edition, 2023 Edition of 300

650.00 €

CategoriesAll Products, Monographs, New In, Publications Cahiers d'Art
ArtistThomas Schutte
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Thomas Schütte, Old Friends Revisited – Limited Edition, 2023 Edition of 300

Thomas Schütte

Old Friends Revisited – Limited Edition, 2023 Edition of 300, with fifty additional Artist Proofs, each signed by the artist.

The prints are presented in a green clothbound stamped clamshell box and accompanied by a copy of the book Thomas Schütte: Old Friends Revisited ( Cahiers d’Art, 2023).

The book features his series Old Friends Revisited, composed of 27 ceramic heads, each created in three unique casts, with different colors and glazes. The series is presented in its entirety and recounts the genesis of this masterly ensemble.
As the art historian Éric de Chassey writes in the book: “They each portray old men, whose features, although deeply individualized in the decrepitude of the flesh, are not meant to depict specific human beings. In 1994, Schütte stated that these ‘criminal faces… are not realistic, but they really exist’. They conjure the characters of Beckett’s last play, What Where, shrouded so that they appear
‘as floating faces dissolving in and out of the TV screen,’ mask-like, dramatically lit so that the marks and wrinkles on their faces are prominent. Though expressionless, the four protagonists flatly utter repetitive sentences that hint that they have been both torturers and tortured, pathetic and tragic figures at the same time. Just like Schütte’s Old Friends, revisited, bound by their turpitudes and final destiny, mixing cruelty, humor, frailty, grandiloquence, and decorativeness, as the most fitting way to address our current situation.”

Éric de Chassey is a French art historian and art critic.
He served as director of the French Academy in Rome (Villa Medicis) from 2009 to 2015. Since 2016 he has been the director of the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (INHA). He has published several books on modern and contemporary art and has curated many key exhibitions in France and abroad.

Inkjet pigment print on Tecco PM matt, 230g

Title and date lower center, printed on front
Signed and numbered lower right, pencil (front)
31.5 x 24.5 / 12 2/5 x 9 1/2 Inches


Additional Information

Dimensions22.5 × 32 cm
BilingualEnglish / German
Dimensions35 x 3 cm
Weight2.1 kg