April 2020 Academic & Specialist Arnoldsche

Claus Bury: The Poetry of Construction Volker Fischer

Hardback | Apr 2020 | Arnoldsche | 9783897905726 | 400pp | 270x200mm | RFB | AUD$115.00, NZD$140.00

This beautiful book features all of Claus Bury's monumental sculptures in one volume — an impressive development of Land Art to wooden and ultimately steel construction. Presented in English and German. 

The monumental architectonic works by Claus Bury evoke constructions of ancient civilisations or bridges and ships courtesy of their geometric archaism. Almost all of them are enterable and — as stages, lookout points or retreats — address the basic conditions on which experiencing form and space is premised.

After training to become a goldsmith, Claus Bury found success in the 1960s as a jewllery artists. His experience with performance and temporary sculpture in outdoor spaces led to a radical break: he opted to work in large format and since the end of the 1970s has realised almost a hundred monumental sculptures in public locations. Now, for the first time, they have been brought together in a catalogue raisonné.

The extraordinary views and perspectives shown in the artist's photos are fascinating, a testament to how Bury captures and integrates the vast space that surrounds them. Gouaches and technical drawings complement the mostly black-and-white photographs.