Michaela Unterdörfer is an art historian and philologist. From 1997 to 2000, she was the curator at Kunsthalle Nürnberg and director of the Hauser & Wirth Collection from 2000 to 2005. She is the author and editor of numerous publications on contemporary art. She is the director of Hauser & Wirth Publishers and lives with her family in Zurich. Upcoming titles from Hauser & Wirth Publishers include: Richard Jackson, a career-spanning monograph on the work of the ground-breaking artist, authored by art historian John C. Welchman; Rita Ackermann: Mama, featuring the artist’s complete body of ‘Mama’ paintings; and a reprint of Eva Hesse: Diaries.
Interviews with Michaela Unterdörfer
The Artist and His Critic Stripped Bare: Correspondence
by Marcel Duchamp & Robert Lebel
Worte Nicht in Giftige Buchstaben Einwickeln
by Lisa Wenger & Meret Oppenheim
by Eva Hesse
Robert Voit: The Alphabet of New Plants
by Robert Voit
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian
by Hans Ulrich Obrist
Why should we read what visual artists have written? Michaela Unterdörfer, head of publishing for the art gallery Hauser & Wirth, argues that the visual and artistic language of artists makes archival material more immediate and compelling. Artists’ testimonies refer not only to physical archives but above all to the mental archives of artists, their cultural and historic inheritance, which books like these bring to life.