This book is a detail from Anselm Kiefer’s 2007 giant installation, Sternenfall (Falling Stars). The cover of this book is supposed to depict part of the milky way, which as you can see is near the constellation of Libra and the Zuben Elgenubi (southern claw of Scorpius). Here is what Kiefer says about his books (which I’ve featured here before):
The books I make account for sixty per cent of my work. They are all unique; they are not published books in the usual sense. I have always been attracted by books because they are a manifestation of time. The time it takes to write a book, and the time it takes to read one, page by page. Paintings are the property of time. You enter a room, you see a painting, and everything is there straight away. You can stand in front of it for longer, to try and understand it better, but you don’t have to follow it over any length of time. This is the difference between a picture and a book. The books I make are somewhere between the two: they are books you can move around, and they stand half open. They are books that you can look at like paintings. They are works halfway between apparition and time.
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