Silberblick [Cross-Eyed]. Hans Haacke.

Silberblick [Cross-Eyed]

[Heidelberg?]: [Edition Staeck], 1990. First Edition, First Printing. Black-and-white photograph laser-printed onto board covered in paper, two acrylic Plexiglas holes replacing the eyes and containing two coins. 9 1/8 x 6 5/8 x 1/4 inches; 230 x 160 x 6 mm. Title and artist's name and date printed, edition size stamped, all on the verso. A Fine copy. * German artist Hans Haacke's depiction of the unequal exchange rate when West Germany's currency replaced the East German mark on July 1, 1990. East Germans received 1 Deutsche mark for each of their Ostmarks, but only up to a small limit. For the rest of their savings and debts, East Germans received 1 Deutsche mark for every 2 Ostmarks, thus devaluing much of their savings. * In this piece, Haacke (b. 1936) shows a photograph of West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, framed by the colors of the German flag. But his eyes are replaced with a 1 Deutsche mark coin on the left and a 2 Ostmark coin on the right. * Our copy is No. 08 of only 90 copies; the edition was first exhibited in a group show, Berlin März, at the Galerie Wiensowski & Harbord in Berlin in 1990. Illustrated on pages 108-109 in a book on Haacke, Bodenlos (Edition Cantz, 1993), issued on the occasion of the Venice Biennale. We supply the book with purchase of the Haacke piece. * There were no other copies in commerce as of February 22, 2019. Nor were there any institutional holdings recorded in OCLC FirstSearch. A whimsical example of Haacke's increasingly political art work. SCARCE. Item #1609

Price: $875.00

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