Welcome to Est. 1999, the official blog of Abraham Translations. As is perhaps easy to surmise, the name of this blog reflects the year that Abraham Translations was founded.
It all began with the correction of a few texts that had been translated by another time-pressed translator. Within the year, translating had become my main source of income; now, it has long been the only way I put bacon on the table.
I am rather proud of many of the projects on which I have worked.
Est. 1999, basically, is a visual confirmation of past projects, a blowing of my own horn, a presentation of translator-related topics, and an occasional departure into other areas that I deem worthy of presenting. Enjoy.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Asger Jorn

(ISBN-10: 3925782796 / ISBN-13: 978-3925782794)
Born Asger Oluf Jørgensen on 3 March in Vejrum, Jutland (Denmark), the artist died on 1 May 1973 Aarhus, Jutland (Denmark). Jorn, along with Karel Appel, Corneille, Christian Dotrement and Joseph Noiret, founded the one of my favorite post-war avante-garde movement, the highly influential group known as CoBrA in 1948.
This catalog was published by Die Galerie, Frankfurt, on the occasion of their exhibition on the artist, which ran September 5 - November 9, 2013. The bilingual (German & English), 96-page catalog includes texts by Pierre Alechinsky, Corneille, Asger Jorn, Hanne Lundgren-Nielsen, Per Poulsen-Hansen and Peter Femfert, the gallerist.
From the exhibition:
Asger Jorn: Advanced Anti Geometric Space, 1963
The English press release which I translated includes the following: "This extensive exhibition featuring a broad selection of about 50 different works by the Danish artist Asger Jorn (1914-1973) is the prelude to a renewed and intensive involvement with the pioneering artist of the 20th century and, at the same time, an allusion to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Asger Jorn on March 3, 1914.
"In a retrospective that spans all the work phases of the artist from 1937 to 1972 and includes paintings and works on paper as well as ceramics and sculptures, the artist Asger Jorn is both recognized and honored as a painter and art theorist who decidedly influenced and inspired both the work of the artist group CoBrA as well as all of Europe with his concepts of artistic expression free of all norms and conventions. His life was characterized by an exuberant and limitless joy of experimentation and discovery. [...]"

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