Books by Warja Lavater

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  • Te Souviens-Tu?        Warja Lavater        Books / Signed        $650.00
  • The Cricket and the Ant        Warja Lavater        Books        $100.00
  • Temps        Warja Lavater        Books / Signed        $2,500.00
  • Die Leute        Warja Lavater        Books / Signed        $200.00
  • Pictograms        Warja Lavater        Books        $32.00
  • Roman        Warja Lavater        Books / Signed        $650.00
  • Les Compliqués Postcard        Warja Lavater        Postcards        $5.00
  • Les Gens Drogués        Warja Lavater        Books / Signed        $475.00
  • Wilhelm Tell        Warja Lavater        Books / Signed        $95.00
  • Les Gens        Warja Lavater        Books / Signed        $4,000.00
  • The Rose and the Tree Frog        Warja Lavater        Books        $50.00
  • Die Fabel vom Zufall        Warja Lavater        Books / Signed        $400.00

This great selection of material includes rare and small-run artists’ books (some signed) from Swiss artist Warja Lavater, as well as affordable in-print titles. Many of the works were presented at Printed Matter in 2011 as part of the exhibition Warja Lavater: Bookworks 1951-1991 from the Estate of Tony Zwicker. Well known for her leporellos—extravagant accordion-fold books—Lavater created a wonderfully imaginative body of work that moves fluently through materials and mediums. Done in ink, watercolor, dry point, lithography, linoleum-block printing and with blind embossing, many of her book-sculptures are double-sided and uniquely shaped, sometimes featuring unconventional material like burlap. Exploring the fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault and Hans Christian Andersen, Lavater produced a series of books that abstract and distill the original story into movements of color and form. Characters and objects are translated into dynamic symbols (a legend on the first page of each book lays out the equivalencies—Little Red Riding Hood is, for instance, a little red dot) and the familiar story emerges through her arrangement and repetition of these shapes. The result is a playful Structuralist reading into representation and the nature of storytelling— a Borgesian map as rich and strange as the world it describes. Warja Lavater (September 28th, 1913 – May 3rd, 2007) was born in Winterthur, Switzerland. She worked as an artist and illustrator noted primarily for her work in the artists’ books genre, creating accordion fold books, book sculptures, and miniature books in a range of materials. Lavater opened her own studio for applied design in Zurich in 1937 with her future husband Gottfried Honegger. Her early works were published by the Museum of Modern Art, as well as the Paris-based publisher Adrien Maeght.

  1. Warja Lavater
    Paris: Maximilien Guiol, 1984
    Out of stock
  2. Warja Lavater
    Te Souviens-Tu?
    Amsterdam: Da Costa Editions, 1984
    Out of stock
  3. Warja Lavater
    The Cricket and the Ant
    Basel, Switzerland: Basilius Press, 1962
    Out of stock
  4. Warja Lavater
    Die Leute
    Bern, Switzerland: Benteli Verlag, 1979
    Out of stock
  5. Warja Lavater
    Zurich, Switzerland: Nieves, 2008
    Out of stock
  6. Warja Lavater
    Amsterdam: Da Costa Editions, 1985
    Out of stock
  7. Warja Lavater
    Die Fabel vom Zufall
    Paris / Basel: Adrien Maeght and Basilius Press, 1969
    Out of stock
  8. Warja Lavater
    Les Compliqués Postcard
    Sulgen, Switzerland: Benteli Verlag, 1984
    Out of stock
  9. Warja Lavater
    Wilhelm Tell
    Basel, Switzerland: Basilius Press, 1962
    Out of stock
  10. Warja Lavater
    Les Gens Drogués
    Locarno, Italy: François Lafranca, 1972
    Out of stock
  11. Warja Lavater
    Les Gens
    Zurich: W. Lavater, 1970
    Out of stock
  12. Warja Lavater
    The Rose and the Tree Frog
    Zurich, Switzerland: Edition Schlégl, 1978
    size unknown
    Out of stock
Last updated 7/17/2015