Anselm Kiefer, Auszug, 1987 (2014.45.1) (front cover)
Every page of this twenty eight page book is about 16 3/4 inches tall and 16 3/8 inches wide, almost square. The fourteen photos, or page spreads if the book were open, are almost 17 inches tall and 33 inches wide. All of the photos are cut in half. The photo on the front and back covers is from the same negative, although printed differently, as the photo on the first and second pages in the book.
interior (two pages): an artist’s studio floor, (a place of work and creation, perhaps destruction), rolled metal, a small table.
exterior (four pages): water, waves, sky, sand, water, waves, sky, water, waves, waves.
interior (eighteen pages): rolled metal on studio floor, wires, electric power strip.
exterior (two pages): topographic view of land or lava.
exterior (two pages): sky with clouds seen through an airplane window, and a single silver-colored cloud.
Anselm Kiefer, Auszug, 1987 (2014.45.1) (last page spread; the end)
The tome has the pleasant and subtle smell of marzipan. The chemical stains and tones enchantingly obscure, define, and interact with the subject matter. There is an alchemical streak or stream that slices the pages and culminates in cumulus clouds. (Perhaps this book was not meant to be read.) Auszug is about as heavy as a dachshund, about two times as heavy as a cat, about one-fifth as heavy as an octopus, about six-and-a-half times as heavy as a human brain, about one-fifteenth as heavy as a panda bear, about thirty times as heavy as a human heart, about 50 times as heavy as a hamster, about one-seventy-fifth as heavy as a cow, about one-two-hundred-fiftieth as heavy as a rhinoceros, about 250 times as heavy as a light bulb.
Anselm Kiefer, Auszug, 1987 (2014.45.1)