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Documenting Impermanence: The Films of Gordon Matta-Clark

by Guy Parker
“Why hang things on a wall when the wall itself is so much more a challenging medium?” —Gordon Matta-Clark With the term conceptual art so much a part of our everyday language these days it’s sometimes possible to forget what motivated the early conceptual artists to adopt it. One of the key objectives of conceptual art was to subvert the artwork as a singular unique object, a fetishized commodity suited to ownership and trade. A painted image can be owned, assigned value, but what about the idea of an image, the mere concept of its production? Much of what Gordo... [more]
Posted by Guy Parker on 4/16/14
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JOÃO PENALVA

by Devon Caranicas
Portugese artist João Penalva has filled the Galerie Thomas Schulte's store front window with a handsome installation of dramatically lit stacked kitchen chairs. Hanging on the wall behind the chairs sits a large photograph depicting a similar off-balanced sculptural arrangement. This chair-on-chair presentation instantly calls to mind Kosuth's One and Three Chairs, the well known piece from 1965 of a chair, a photograph of a chair and wall text definition of the word chair, an installation famous for its questioning of concept and mode of representation. However Penalva's interpretation, title... [more]
Posted by Devon Caranicas on 12/25/11
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Landscape Paintings

In the gallery's main exhibition space, Albrecht Schnider will show an unusually large group of his small-scale landscape paintings that have played a reoccurring role in his repertoire for more than 20 years. Schnider's periodical attention to small formats and the engagement with a regressing theme suggests a meditative process in which the artist composes sceneries of abstract fields of color with meticulous structure, dictating the act of painting with persistent control. (Image: Albrecht Schnider, Landscape, 2010, Oil on canvas, 17 x 33 cm; Courtesy Courtesy of the artist & Galeri... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 10/25/10
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Robert Wilson – Video Portraits

by Hili Perlson
Director, artist, author and stage designer Robert Wilson is a welcome guest in the city of Berlin, where theater is considered to be Kulturgut - a staple of German culture. Interestingly, it took an American stage doyen like Wilson to shake some postmodern dust off of Berlin’s theater productions and bring captivating spectacles to a curious public. In April of last year, for instance, Wilson joined forces with musician Rufus Wainwright to create a musical reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Sonnets at the Berliner Ensemble, a theatre founded in 1949 by none other than Bertold Brecht. The piece foc... [more]
Posted by Hili Perlson on 2/6/10
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The Dirt on the Bomb

by Ana Finel Honigman
“Dirty Bomb” by Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle is a massive, gleaming white aluminium and fibreglass sculpture in the shape of the Fat Man plutonium bomb designed for use during World War II. At the Galerie Thomas Schulte, this frightful form is suspended above the ground and literally smattered with mud. The mud is splashed over the bomb’s tip, as if the mess had occurred when the bomb was blazing through the air but hideously close to the earth. Or, as if its pristine form were just a prototype, at which protesters had futilely flung mud. Viewed with this explanation in mind, the feebleness and... [more]
Posted by Ana Finel Honigman on 4/26/09
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Deeply superficial or superficially deep?

by Ana Finel Honigman
        Katharina Sieverding’s work constantly confuses me. I find the Czech-born German artist's self-portraits handsome and interesting. But they interest me less than I am fascinated by my own confusion over them. What baffles me is the reverence ascribed to Sieverding’s apparently superficial practice. Her work’s skin-thin allure is not what bothers me since I know her work is intentionally playing with troupes of high-gloss fluff. I am aware that its alleged depth is supposed to lie in its surface allure. But I get caught in the amber-like prettiness of her photographs. Confronting... [more]
Posted by Ana Finel Honigman on 2/14/09