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Peter Dreher Publication



Published to mark Peter Dreher's solo exhibition at MK Gallery (20 September - 24 November 2013).


This book brings together, for the first time in English, a selection of texts written about the work of German artist Peter Dreher. It focuses primarily on his remarkable series of over 5,000 paintings of the same empty drinking glass, produced since 1974. These texts identify a broad variety of approaches to Dreher’s work, including realist, formalist, conceptual, psychoanalytical, philosophical and spiritual interpretations of a practice that, as writer Lynne Tillman has suggested, addresses the entire ‘history of the problems in painting.’


Peter Dreher (born 1932, Mannheim, Germany) studied at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe from 1950 to 1956 and was Professor of Painting at the State Academy, Karlsruhe from 1968 to 1997, where he influenced a number of acclaimed artists including Anselm Kiefer. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Museum für Neue Kunst, Städtische Museen Freiburg (2012–13); Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Geneva (2011); Museum Erfurt, Germany (2008); The Approach Gallery, London, and Athens Biennial (2007). Dreher lives and works in Wittnau, Germany.


Foreword: Anthony Spira

Essays by: Michael Archer, Peter Dreher, Stefan Kraus, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Anthony Spira, Dirk Teuber, Lynne Tillman, Franz Joseph van der Grinten, Beat Wismer and John Yau.
Editors: Anthony Spira with Kate Bush


ISBN: 978-0-9569623-9-3

Published by:

Occasional Papers

112 pages
Illustrations: Full colour plates section
130mm x 200mm

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Peter Dreher