Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt

Zincographic artist’s cards by the German mail artist Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt who lived and worked in East Berlin in the 1970s and 1980s.

Wolf-Rehfeldt was an active participant in the mail art network of the 1980s and produced numerous typewriter works. More recently, her work has been chosen for display in the 2017 edition of Documenta 14. These artist’s cards (created using the zincographic process) were produced small enough to distribute in the mail to a network of artists across the world. Many of these cards, which were made in the early 1980s, are signed, annotated and rubberstamped. Each card was produced in an edition of 50. Due to restrictions in East Germany at this time, she was only able to make 50 copies of her ‘typewritings’ at one time. (Ref: Chert, Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt: Signs Fiction, Berlin, 2017, p. 10).


Lebenstil, Berlin, 1986. 146 x 103 mm. Zincographic card with ‘stillleben’ (still life) motif and collage element. Signed in blue ballpoint pen to recto. Typewritten text to verso reads: ‘Mail art greetings and a letter I got by anonymous person/ All the best in 1987 and Merry Christmas too’. Artist’s rubberstamp reads ‘Malerei Zeichnungen Collagen Typewritings’. (Paintings, drawings, collages, typewritings). Also to verso is a ‘visuelle kunst’ and a sun motif rubberstamp.


Greetings from Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt, East Berlin, Undated (early 1980s). 199 x 142 mm. Folding card opens to reveal zincographic motif with two ‘acquí’ rubberstamp designs, one a Manuel Marin design with a hand, and the other a portrait of a woman. In pencil ‘Greetings from Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt’ is written to the lower edge. Artist’s ‘Typewritings’ rubberstamp and address to verso.


Threatened or protected?, Berlin, 1983. 103 x 145 mm. Zincographic card with purple rubberstamp text PEACE to recto. Titled, signed and dated in pencil to lower recto edge. Artist’s ‘Typewritings’ rubberstamp and address to verso.


Trains of Thoughts, East Berlin, undated (early 1980s). 103 x 145 mm. Zincographic card with ‘gedanke’ (thought) motif and ‘signs fiction’ rubberstamp to recto. Titled and signed in pencil to lower recto. Artist’s ‘Typewritings’ rubberstamp and address to verso.