Hohen Neuendorf: Lothar Nowack Atelier Silberblick, 2009. Limited First edition. Hardcover. 13/17. Oblong Quarto. Unpaginated. Original half cloth over paper covered boards with newsprint and labels with lettering in the German national colors on cover, red, respectively yellow lettering on labels of spines with belly band in German National colors as issued. Three color title pages.
Vol. I.: Dedicated to all those who had the courage to demonstrate in the streets for democracy, and those who didn't get what they had hoped for, and especially to Sigrun. Historical review with collected material depicting the deterioration of the DDR. Based essentially on East German material, particularly from the State run newspaper "Neues Deutschland" from the years 1988–1990. Extraordinary documentation with harsh satirical undertones and occasional historical backdrops, e.g. the building of the Berlin war on August 13, 1961 (article entitled "The Peace was Saved - Der Frieden wurde gerettet). Illustrated throughout with reproductions of newspaper articles and photographs as well as color reproductions of photographs of politicians, advertisements, maps, and tables, leading up to the massive popular demonstrations in East Germany, the fall of the DDR government on November 9, 1989, and the restructuring of the government throughout the remainder of the year. Commentary on numerous events documented printed in red in margins. At rear a shortened version of the 10-Point-Program to overcome the division of Germany and Europe, presented to the West-German parliament on November 28, 1989, by Helmut Kohl.
Vol. II.: The coverage in this volume is entitled "On the Way to a Currency Union January 1990," covering the first international diplomatic meetings with foreign governments in view of the new situation, new rules for the military, the first trials relating to abuse of official positions, President Hans Modrow's concept for a united Germany, a draft for the reconstitution of local governments, the establishment of the Treuhand Gesellschaft for the National Property, the inauguration of Lothar de Maizierre as new President in April of 1990, draft of a treaty between DDR and BRD, excluding nuclear issue, including a number of critical articles relating to the development of the new direction. All articles are from the newspaper Neues Deutschland: Sozialistische Tageszeitung with some articles of the Berliner Zeitung leading up to the official unification on October 3, 1990, under chancellor Helmut Kohl. An epilog describes the radical changes the East German population had to undergo. Illustrated as volume one.
Both volumes with text in German. Printed with Cannon iP4300 on Rainbow colored 160g paper. In very good, near fine condition.
Eight Original Color Linocuts and One Etching of Water Tower Aria by Lothar Nowack
6/22 Wasserturm Altglienicke, 1977 (11 3/4 x 14 1/2") Randlage
6/26 Betriebsbahnhof Schöneweide 77 (11 3/4 x 16 1/2") Randlage / with light water staining in print and in margins
8/26 Berlin Schöneweide 77 (11 3/4 x 16 1/2") Randlage
8/12 Wasserturm Hohen Neuendorf 77 (11 3/4 x 16 1/2")
8/12 Berlin-Knaakstraße 78 (11 3/4 x 14 1/2")
8/18 Berlin - Buch, (am Steiner Berg) 78 (11 3/4 x 16 1/2") Randlage
8/20 Berlin (Betriebsbahnhof) Rummelsburg 78 (11 3/4 x 16 1/2") Randlage
7/18 Berlin Heimersdorf 78 (14 1/4 x 19 3/4")
12/13 Berlin - Ostkreuz 76 (5 1/2 x 8 1/4") Randlage matted etching
Hohen Neuendorf. 1976–1978. Eight original limited edition linocuts and one etching of East Berlin water towers. Five of the linocuts reproduced by the Berlin publisher amBEATion in its magazine Randlage No. 1 in 1978.* Officially East Germans were not permitted to publish in West Germany, therefore participation in Randlage could bring about repercussions giving the series of Randlage publications a dissident flair. In Randlage No.1 the artist Lothar Nowack published his artwork under the pseudonym State Prosecutor L. N. Fine. Item #42130
* Randlage Nr. 1: Valentin Rothmaler. Die Wasserturm-Arie von Berlin (The Water Tower Aria of Berlin). 64/300. 16pp. Original four panel color lithographic wraps. Illustrated title page. Collection of 20 intricate b/w reproductions of Berlin towers. The towers from East-Berlin are reproduced from color linocuts by State Prosecutor L. N. (pseudonym for the artist Lothar Nowack), format 23 x 33 cm, the West-Berlin towers from color aquatint etchings by Valentin Rothmaler, format 15 x 21 and 20 x 29 cm. Text and cover art by Valentin Rothmaler.