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Themes and Variations: A Gallery Weekend Primer

by Guy Parker
Gallery Weekend Berlin is back for its tenth anniversary with fifty galleries showing over sixty artists. Including the talks, peripheral events, and shows there’s a veritable tidal wave of art crashing over the Hauptstadt this weekend. Getting a piece of the action should be no problem, right? All that's required in way of preparation is a good breakfast and a pair of overpriced sneakers for all that perambulation flitting between venues, soaking up as much culcha as you can manage. But are you really prepared? A beginning is a very delicate time and embarking on a weekend’s worth... [more]
Posted by Guy Parker on 4/29/14
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Candid Camera: John Waters and Bad Director’s Chair

by Guy Parker
The man who heroicized contenders for the title “Filthiest Person Alive” in his 1972 underground classic Pink Flamingos might have smirked a knowing smirk had he watched the line of punters push, shove, queue jump, and bicker as they endured the bottlenecked Schlange that led into his current Berlin exhibition, Bad Director’s Chair, at Sprüth Magers. For John Waters, the push and shove of narcissistic, jealous rivalry was far filthier than any of The Filthiest People Alive’s deeds, even when they included self flagellation with live chickens or, notoriously, eating d... [more]
Posted by Guy Parker on 2/27/14
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John Baldessari: Double Feature

by Devon Caranicas
Three things make me homesick for Los Angeles: Trader Joe's, palm trees and John Baldessari. For artists who inhabit southern California, there is a mythic quality that surrounds the iconic LA artist as not just a pioneer of conceptual art but a pioneer of our art. Naturally, I was beyond thrilled to discover that his new work from 2011 was now on view at Spruth Magers here in Berlin. Not only because I was excited to see how the 80 year old artist has continued to create and evolve, but also to experience that nostalgic euphoria you feel when running into an old friend. Upon entering the tw... [more]
Posted by Devon Caranicas on 10/9/11
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Pattern of Habit

by Alexander Forbes
Visit a hoarder with a severe case of OCD and you might see something comparable to Andrea Zittel’s current exhibition at Sprüth Magers. Pattern of Habit, Zittel’s fourth solo outing at the gallery explores the ways in which we construct and compartmentalize our lives. These are certainly not new themes for Zittel, who has been renowned for her installations reflecting human needs and activities for over two decades. However, the form has taken a distinct turn from her recent A-Z Uniform Series and subsequent “Smockshop” installations, seeming to reflect back on her earlier investigations of the... [more]
Posted by Alexander Forbes on 7/3/11
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The Art of Narration Changes with Time

Monika Spruth and Philomene Magers are delighted to present "The Art of Narration Changes with Time", a group exhibition curated by Gigiotto Del Vecchio.  The exhibition juxtaposes a selection of works by Peter Coffin, Moyra Davey, Thea Djordjadze, Alex Hubbard, Rosalind Nashashibi, Joao Maria Gusmao and Pedro Paiva, Margaret Salmon, Oscar Tuazon and Klaus Weber. There is a common problem that culture and the enjoyment of intellectual production are not often approached with the right amount of clarity.  Narration may be perceived as a closed concept, contained within the confines of a struc... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 5/31/11
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Stephen Shore

Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers are delighted to present work by Stephen Shore in his first solo show in Berlin for over 15 years. The exhibition features 80 previously unseen works from the series Uncommon Places, in addition to a number of pages from his seminal Road Trip Journal. A self-taught photographer, Stephen Shore began his career in 1961, at the early age of fourteen, when he presented and sold his photographs to Edward Steichen, then curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Shortly afterwards, from 1965 to 1967, Shore spent much of his time pho... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 1/4/11
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Visceral Engagement

by Mara Goldwyn
A contemporary art mainstay, Kruger is immediately recognized for tongue-in-cheek text –in a telltale font – paired with equally tongue-in-cheek images. For Kruger’s first solo exhibition in Berlin, there will be a new multi-channel video installation entitled “The Globe Shrinks”. Working more often with video and installation since the early 90s, Kruger still has the recipe for visceral engagement with the viewer. --Mara Goldwyn Barbara Kruger Filmstill  „The Globe Shrinks", 2010 Videoinstallation 13 Minuten [more]
Posted by Mara Goldwyn on 9/7/10
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Gary Hume

For Gary Hume’s first solo exhibition in Berlin for over 15 years, he presents a selection of new work including Big Bird (2010), a major large-scale six-panel painting, a group of six paintings, four sculptures and, for the first time, five works on paper. The six paintings form a series of large-format works painted with Hume’s trademark seductive bright colours, given extra luminosity through the use of gloss paint on aluminum. The images are stripped to their essential shapes imbuing any details with increased significance. This allows the works such as The Bridge (2009) to... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 7/5/10
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Cindy Sherman dons rich women's tailored birthday suits

by Ana Finel Honigman
        In her first solo show of new work since 2004 (which debuted first at Metro Pictures in NY), the women who Cindy Sherman portrays have, like the artist herself, radically altered their appearance.  Enshrined by David Velasco on Artforum.com as "the face that launched a thousand theses," Sherman seamlessly morphs into characters of any gender, age, style or era. In her new series, Sherman stands before green screen projections of traditional portrait settings transformed into an array of affluent older ladies. Following the conventions of vanity portraits and furthering her own... [more]
Posted by Ana Finel Honigman on 2/23/09