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authorization from ARS dated 6/30/2008


Date: 1990

Artist: Georg Herold, German, born 1947

Medium: photoreproduction with ink additions on paper
11 5/8 x 8 3/16 in. (29.5 x 20.8 cm)
framed: 20 x 16 1/8 x 1 1/8 in. (50.8 x 41 x 2.8 cm)
Credit Line: Partial and promised gift of Betsy Millard, the Earl and Betsy Millard Collection
Object Number: 48:2003
Place made:Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Cologne
Current Location: Not on view
Notes:A configuration of 422 numbered black dots gives form to a face in this drawing. Most of the dots are clustered at the center of the page, while fourteen are interspersed, seemingly at random, over the otherwise unused portion of the paper. The drawing belongs to a series of photo-reproductions onto which the artist applied only the final dot, in this case #422. The 421 remaining dots have been photocopied from previous drawings in the series. The artist said in 2005: "I started with a little batch of dots, just enough to give shape to a face. I then began making copies, adding an additional numbered ink dot to each new copy. After multiple copies, the dots become blurry and the numbers disappear. The question materializes: What counts as an original? What counts as a copy?""
Provenance1990 -
Georg Herold

- 1991
Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, Germany

1991 -
Earl Millard (d.1996) and Betsy Millard, St. Louis, MO, USA, purchased from Galerie Gisela Capitain

2003 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, partial and promised gift of Betsy Millard [1]

The primary source of provenance is Betsy Millard (information for appraisals form, SLAM document files].

[1] The terms of this partial and promised gift are detailed in the contract between Betsy Millard and the Saint Louis Art Museum [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, June 3, 2003.
Exhibition History
Title: The Immediate Touch: German, Austrian & Swiss Drawings from St. Louis (1946-2007)
Date: June 29 –September 7, 2008
Venue: SLAM

Title: Postwar German Art in the Collection
Date: May 01, 2013 - January 26, 2014
Venue: SLAM

Publication History
Title: image [engl.] perdu [franz.]
Year Published: 1998

Title: The Immediate Touch German, Austrian + Swiss Drawings from Saint Louis Collections 1946-2007
Year Published: 2008

In Collection(s)
© 2008 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn