Bill Bollinger

Cover of the publication »Bill Bollinger«

Type of publication
Exhibition catalog, Anthology
Author / Editor
Christiane Meyer-Stoll (Ed.)
Publishing house, place
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln
This monograph is the first to be dedicated tot he radical sculptural oeuvre by the almost forgotten American artist Bill Bollinger (1939 - 1988).

Essays by Christiane Meyer-Stoll, Saul Ostrow, Harris Rosenstein and Peter Schjeldahl complement the artist´s own writings, as well as thoughts and recollections of him by Deedee Agee, Carl Andre, Siah Armajani, Brit Bunkley, Ernst Caramelle, David Chittick, Fran Cohen, Dale Culleton, Ellen Ellison, Rafael Ferrer, Robert Grosvenor, Robert Huot, Klaus Kertess, Gary Kuehn, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Egidio Marzona, Robert Mattson, Olaf Metzel, Paul Mogensen, David Novros, Rolf Ricke, Dorothea Rockburne, Wade Saunders, Roman Signer, Keith Sonnier, Barbara Toll, Marcia Tucker, and George Knight Wilson. The publication contains a detailed and lavishly illustrated history of Bollinger´s exhibitions, including photographs published here for the first time, along with a wealth of contemporary documents. Color reproductions of selected drawings and images of the exhibition provide additional insight into this virtually unknown oeuvre. 

In the late 1960s, Bill Bollinger ranked among the most important sculptors of his day, on a par with Bruce Nauman, Robert Smithson, Eva Hesse, and Richard Serra. After graduating from Rhode Island´s renowned Brown University with a degree in aeronautics, Bollinger moved to New York in 1961 to study painting. He participated in now legendary exhibitions and produced a compact, wide-ranging body of work that ist purist, ephemeral and full of energy; these works still deliver an astonishing impact. In the mid-1970s, he disappeared from the radar screen of the art world. 

"I just do what´s sufficient … there´s no reason to color or polish or bend or weld, if it isn´t necessary." Bill Bollinger, 1968
255 p. : numerous ill.
Organization / Institution
ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe ; Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz ; The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein ; The Fruitmarket Gallery


Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg ; Stadt Karlsruhe

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