The Ideas, Identity and Art of Daniel Spoerri. Contingencies and Encounters of an 'Artistic Animator'
Spoerri, Fluxus, Duchamp, Edition MAT, Eat Art, Giardino, Nouveau Réalisme, Tableau Piège, theater, dance, concrete poetry, Musée Sentimental
The term “artistic animator” is inspired by the definition “Kunstanimator” given to Spoerri by his longstanding friend Karl Gerstner during an interview with Katerina Vatsella in 1995. Wherever he went, Spoerri was capable of inspiring others to make art, and at the same time he absorbed, interiorized and transformed ideas from others. His fluctuating memberships during late Modernism (Zero, Nouveau Réalisme, Fluxus, Mail Art) explain why some areas of this work have not yet received their due attention and their connection to the whole picture has often eluded scholarly inquiry. Beyond his tableaux-pièges, which gave him immediate notoriety through an early purchase by the MoMA, Spoerri discovered a new way to approach the multiples in sculpture (Edition MAT), he transformed his trap pictures into an experimental narrative form (Topographie Anécdotée du Hasard), he initiated the Eat Art movement, he tested an innovative curatorial approach (the Musée Sentimental and the Giardino). Despite constant interruptions due to his semi-nomadic lifestyle, this oeuvre presents an extraordinary coherence, where none of these ventures can be properly understood without considering all the others. This is the first monograph entirely devoted to Daniel Spoerri in the United States to date. With an introduction by Barbara Räderscheidt.
Cempellin, Leda. The Ideas, Identity and Art of Daniel Spoerri. Contingencies and Encounters of an 'Artistic Animator.' Wilmington, DE: Vernon Press, 2017.