First edition of the Bechers' first major book; Signed by Both Bernd and Hilla Becher
Becher, Bernhard [Bernd] & Hilla.
Anonyme Skulpturen: A Typology of Technical Constructions.
Dusseldorf: Art Press, 1970. First edition of the Becher's first major photobook with 194 black-and-white photogravure plates. Quarto, original blue cloth. Signed by both Bernd and Hilla Becher. Fine in a bright near fine dust jacket that shows only a hint of rubbing. Housed in a custom made box. Text in German, English, and French. An exceptional copy.
"The Bechers' first major book, Anonyme Skulpturen… has had an enormous impact… For those who are more interested in the Bechers as artists than as industrial archaeologists, this is the one to have on one's shelf" (Parr & Badger II:266). "The serial nature of the Bechers' process rhymes with their mass-produced subjects so that method and subject are splendidly reciprocal, a meditation on identity and difference. The year this book appeared, the Bechers' work was included in the influential Information show curated by Kynaston McShine at the Museum of Modern Art" (Roth, 194).