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Round man hole cover with view of lips and teeth through small hole, on cover of 'Putze 2000-2020 Performances', by Arnoldsche Art Publishers.

Thomas Putze

Performances 2000–2020

By (author) Katrin Burtschell
By (author) Thomas Erne
By (author) Werner Meyer
By (author) Werner Pokorny
By (author) Marko Schacher


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  • An up-and-coming German artist portraited for an international audience
  • The first publication of Thomas Putze’s performances in one volume: full-on physical exertion guaranteed
  • Featuring essays that communicate the diverse approaches to his work
Full Description

For Thomas Putze, performance is a snapshot of a moment, a play on possibilities, and at the same time a well-planned and sophisticated act to captivate the onlooker. Yet above all, it is thinking, drawing, sculpting, and realising with and through the body, which he treats just as relentlessly as all the other materials in his works. He swings through trees, occupies church facades, and submerges himself in mud; frequently without clothing or scantily wrapped in plastic sheeting, he gauges and challenges the physical and thus social space between us bystanders. Thomas Putze typifies the risk of being human, with all its failings and plenty of humour. He not only holds us to account but rather invites us to do this ourselves: to partake in art and to reflect on the performance we call life.

Text in English and German. 

Arnoldsche Art Publishers
2nd Aug 2021
Paperback / softback
UK, US, Eastern Europe, France, Benelux, Japan, South Korea, Africa, South America & Ireland exclusive. South Africa, N&M East, China non-exclusive
235 mm x 220 mm
128 Pages
78 color
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