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ANDREAS GRIMM MUNCHEN is pleased to announce the se cond solo exhibition of Stefan Sandner. Living and working in his birthplac e Vienna\, Sandner is one of the most important contemporary representative s from Austria. The exhibition showcases large format paintings made betwee n 2009 and 2011.
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Entering the gallery the visitors see t hemselves confronted with Sandners large-scale paintings\, which appear to be blown-up memos and notes\, conserved for all eternity in acrylic on canv as. The presented works are based on found footage or quotations\, almost l ike textual ready-mades. The working process of the artist starts with the well thought out choice of one of the collected memos or notes and is the s tarting point for an aesthetic improvement. Through the transfer process of memo to canvas and the immense enlargement\, Sandner elevates this seeming ly banal scrap of everyday life into the realm of art. By doing so the arti st stands in a tradition with someone like Marcel Duchamp and his Founta in from 1917. Sandner coquets with the question “What is Art?” and reve als\, not unlike Duchamp\, the character of masquerade or posing in art. Do es a large-scale painting of a scrawly lettering just pose as art or is it indeed art? And even if it is just an art masquerade would it not therefore be art?
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Besides the question of the artistic sta tus of his work\, Stefan Sandners paintings also put the authorship into qu estion. The notes and memos transferred onto canvas are the intellectual pr operty of known and unknown authors that Sandner appropriates for his purpo ses. This fact puts the artist also into the direction of Appropriation Art \, which centers around the question of authorship\, acting accordingly to the Zeitgeist of postmodernism by quoting and copying other material. While quoting these other sources Sandner makes slight changes to subordinate th e texts to his aesthetic and compositional needs. Similar to Appropriation Art\, questions emerge about the authenticity of the artwork\, one of the m ost important aspects in the art world. On the one hand\, Stefan Sandner ch anges the texts for the sake of artistic aestheticism\, but on the other ha nd he\, simultaneously summons its demise by negating any claim of authenti city. As Raimar Stangen already noted in an exhibition text about Stefan Sa ndner\, one can read this as a critique on the art market in which prices d epend rather on the artists name and the artworks size than its actual arti stic value (Stangen\, Raimar: „The Mask As Mark As Masterpieve As...“ in: < i>Stefan Sandner\, Secesscion (ed.)\, Vienna 2006).
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Stefan Sandners body of work seems hard to grasp\, as it is influenced by so many different movements such as Expressive Abstraction\, Concept Art\, Appropri ation Art and Dadaism\, however\, it is exactly this artistic pluralism tha t gives way to an almost endless number of approaches and discussions.
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Stefan Sandner studied at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna\, Austria. Among his numerous exhibitions in Europe since 19 95 such as in London\, Luxembourg and Basle (Art Statements\, 2008\, Galeri e Grita Insam\, Vienna)\, his solo exhibitions at the Wiener Secession (Vie nna\, 2006) should be highlighted. A well-illustrated catalogue was publish ed on this occasion.
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