Franz Franz - Biography - Louis K. Meisel Gallery
Irene, 1980
BORN:  

Mörigen, Canton of Bern, Switzerland, 1930


RESIDES
:  

Rüschegg-Heubach, Canton of Bern, Switzerland


EDUCATION
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1947-50  
Max von Mühlenen's Painting School in Bern


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

1998
Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf, Switzerland


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS


1980
"Franz Gertsch," Kunsthaus, Zürich; Kunstmuseum Hannover mit
Sammlung Sprengel
1981-82  
"Franz Gertsch-Major Works," Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York
1983
"Franz Gertsch-Arbeiten 1981/1982/1983," Galerie M. Knoedler, Zürich
1986
"Johanna II," Kunstalle Bern, Bern
1986
"Franz Gertsch-Bilder von 1980-1986," Museum moderner Kunst, Vienna;
Kunstalle Basel
1987
"Die Holzschnitte," Galerie Turske & Turske, Zürich
1987
"Franz Gertsch," Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York
1988-89  
"Farbholzschnitte 1986 bis 1988," Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin
1989
"Bois Gravés Monumentaux," Cabinet des estampes du Musée d'art et
d'historie & Musée Rath (Musée d'art et d'historie), Genèva
1989
"Die Holzschnitte," Galerie Friedman-Guinness, Frankfurt
1990
"Die Holzschnitte," Galerie Turske & Turske, Zürich
1990
"Large-Scale Woodcuts," traveling exhibition: Museum of Modern Art,
New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian
Institution, Washingon, DC; San Jose Museum of Art, CA
1992
"Franz Gertsch: Gravures sur bois 1986-1991," Galerie Patrick Roy,
Lausanne, Switzerland


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1980
"Printed Art. A View of Two Decades," Musuem of Modern Art, New York
1982
"Franz Gertsch and selected works by Friedel Dzubas, Herbert Ferber,
Adolph Gottlieb, Nancy Graves, Rolf Iseli, Robert Motherwell,
Ludwig Sander, Kimber Smith, Knoedler, Zürich
1985
  "Miscellanea-Miscellanées," Kunstmuseum Bern
1987
  "Works on Paper," Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York
1996
"Paper Work", Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY, Feb. 3-24
2000
"The Photorealists", Center For the Arts, Vero Beach, FL  
July 22 - September 10
2000
"Franz Gertsch and Chuck Close", Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New
York, NY, September - October
2003
"Hyperréalismes USA 1965-75," Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain,
Strasbourg, France, June 27 - October 5
2008
“Painted Faces– Post Modern Portraits”, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York, NY, January 17 – February 23


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Matta, Marianne. "Gespräch with Franz Gertsch," Du , Zürich, May 1980, pp. 73-74, ill.
Borch von der, Agnes. "A Newer Objectivity: Franz Gertsch's Photo-Realist Paintings," Arts Magazine , December 1981, pp. 154-155 ill.
Rogge, Peter G. "Basel als Kunstmesseplatz," Der Monat in Finanz und Wirtschaft , Basel, May 1981, pp. 14-17, ill.
Grundbacher, François. "Der Panther im Dschungel," Du , Zürich, July, 1982, pp. 58-59
Grütter, Tina. "Frau als Modell-Facetten zum Thema," Kunst Nachrichten ,
Zürich, January 1985, pp. 27-30 ill.
Acatos, Sylvio. "Au-delà du réel," Construire (Migros) , Zürich, August 20, 1986, p. 23.
Dittmar, Peter. "Photo-Realismus: Die Basler Kunstalle Zeigt Germälde von Franz Gertsch - Alle Augen folgen dem Betrachter," Die Welt , Zürich,
July 24, 1986, p. 14.
Monteil, Annemarie.   "Gesteigerte Wirklichkeiten: Bruce Nauman und Franz Gertsch in Basel," Die Weltwoche , Zürich, July 17, 1986,
Zimmermann, Marie-Louise. "Ich versuche, dem Augenblick Beständigkeit zu verleihen," Berner Zeitung , August 15, 1986, p. 12.
Yamamoto, Yohji. "A Magazine - Curated By Yohji Yamamoto", Antwerp, Belgium, #2, 2005, ill, page 125, pl 4


SOLO EXHBITION CATALOGS


Billeter, Erika; Jean-Christophe Ammann; Joachim Büchner; Evelyn Weiss; and Anges von der Borch; interview with Franz Gertsch by Jürgen Glaesemer. Franz Gertsch . Kunsthaus Zürich 1980. Bern: Benteli, 1980.
Franz Gertsch. Translation of the Kunsthaus Zürich Catalog 1980. Appendix to the Catalog Raisonné. Galerie M. Knoedler, Zürich, 1981.
Ronte, Dieter. Franz Gertsch. Arbeiten 1981/1982/1983 . Postscript No. 2 to the Kunsthaus catalog and appendix to the catalog raisonné. Galerie M. Knoedler, Zürich, 1983.
Ammann, Jean-Christophe. Franz Gertsch-Bilder von 1980-1986," Museum moderner Kunst, Vienna; Kunstalle Basel. Bern: Benteli-Verlag, 1986.
Franz Gertsch, Page 3
Franz Gertsch. Farbholzschnitte 1986 bis 1988 . Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin 1988-1989.
Mason, Rainer Michael. with an essay by Dieter Ronte. Bois graves monumentaux/Grossfromatige Holzschnitte/Large Scale Woodcuts. Cabinet des estampes du Musée d'art et d'historie, Genève. Turske & Turske, Zürich 1989.
Mason, Rainer Michael; Dieter Ronte; and Riva Castleman. Franz Gertsch: Large Scale Woodcuts . Cabinet des estampes du Musée d'art et d'historie, Genèva, 1990.


SELECTED BOOKS


Meisel, Louis K. Photorealism , New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 1980.
Arthur, John. Realists at Work: Studio Interviews and Working Methods of 10 Leading Contemporary Painters , New York: Watson-Guptill, 1983.
Finch, Christopher. American Watercolors , New York: Abbeville Press, 1986.
Meisel, Louis K., and John Perreault. Richard Estes: The Complete Paintings
1966-1985 . New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1986.
Ronte, Dieter, with an essay by Jean-Christophe Ammann. Franz Gertsch . Bern: Benteli Verlag, 1986. (Catalogue Raisonné)
Mathey, Francois. American Realism: A Pictorial Survey from the Early 18th
Century to the Seventies . New York: Portland House, 1987.
Arthur, John. Spirit of Place: Contemporary Landscape Painting and The
American Tradition . Boston: Bulfinch Press, Little Brown, 1989.
Wood, Michael, et al. Art of the Western World . New York: Summit Books, 1989.
Meisel, Louis K. Photorealism since 1980 , New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 1993
Meisel, Louis K. Photorealism at the Millennium . New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2002, pp. 121-124.
The Hayward, London. The Painting of Modern Life: 1960s to Now. London: Hayward Publishing, 2007, pp. 100-103.

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Irene, acrylic on unprimed canvas, 1980
Irene VIII, gouache on paper, 1981
Jean Frederick Snyder, 2 color lithograph (framed), 1972