Danièle Cohn et al.

How It Works

Book coverHow It Works
Book coverHow It Works
Book coverHow It Works
Book coverHow It Works

This diligently produced catalogue overview of the work of German artist A.R. Penck, who died in 2017, was in 2020 recognised as one of the 25 Schönsten Deutschen Bücher, thanks to the work of the publisher, which has its origins in Germany. We noted with some satisfaction that the other links are almost all Dutch.

The good-looking book block has been given an index function through the use of various colour sections – cunningly printed in even colour and thereby indistinguishable from coloured paper – and it is only the coloured pages that contain explanatory text, with the images occupying the white/whiter pages. Despite this dogmatic structure, the resulting pattern has an attractive rhythm. The playfully designed table of contents allows the book to be used as a guide while strolling through the exhibition halls and past the showcases, though the book’s sizeable volume hints that this was perhaps not the intention after all.

One aspect that struck us as curious is the screen-printed thermal paper used for the cover: a strange choice in our opinion. And not an entirely happy one – perhaps this is the reason that the paper has started to become a little lumpy. Nevertheless, this is a solid, tactile book, and one that would grace the oeuvre of any artist.

Edition: 2020
Release date: February 2020
Language: English, German
Translator: Jeremy Gaines, Jeremy Harrison, Regina Hermannsdörfer, Ruth Koenig, Steven Lindberg, Stefan Ripplinger, UvA Talen
Final editor: Elke Freyermuth
Artist: A.R. Penck; texts by Danièle Cohn, Eddy Devolder, Hans Janssen, Ulf Jensen, Katharina Neuburger, A. R. Penck, Benno Tempel.
Publisher / commissioner: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Kunstmuseum Den Haag, Cologne (DE), Den Haag
Available through: Bookshop, webshop
Designer: Haller Brun (Amsterdam)
Lithographer: farbanalyse – prepressagentur, Keulen (DE)
Printer: NPN Drukkers, Breda
Binder: Brepols, Turnhout (BE)
DTP / typesetting: Haller Brun, Amsterdam
Producer: Printing Matters (Daan van Tulder), Amsterdam
Dimensions: 240 x 300 x 32
Amount of pages: 500
Number of copies: 1.500
Price: € 49.80
ISBN: 9783960987895
Font and foundry: Favorit (Dinamo), Druk (Commercial Type)
Binding style: Sewn Otastar®, cold-glued; dust jacket glued to cover (hot melt)
Paper interior: 115gsm Munken Print White 15, 80gsm TerraPrint® Gloss, 60gsm IBO One, 60gsm Enviro Smart U / Druckfix 2000, Arctic Paper; Papyrus; Igepa , Papier Union
Paper end papers: 125gsm Wibalin Natural 535 Cherry, Winter & Company
Cover material: 350gsm Cairn Natural Storm, Christiaan Janssen
Dust jacket material: 125gsm Napura Khepera 1023 Light Red, Winter & Company
Other technical features: Red screen printing on dust jacket, text in black printed in offset. Printing: conventional offset