Los Angeles-based artist Andrea Fraser (* 1965 in Billings, Montana) is to receive the Wolfgang Hahn Prize for 2013, awarded annually by the Museum Ludwig's Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst. The presentation will take place in the museum on April 20, 2013. A retrospective of her work will open there on the same evening.
For over 25 years Andrea Fraser has made a vital contribution to current issues in contemporary art. Fraser's wide-ranging oeuvre - performances, videos and texts - consists not only of incisive analyses but also critical, at times also humorous commentaries on the art business. The performances are researched and choreographed by Andrea Fraser right to the finest detail, and are also realized by her in person.
Andrea Fraser first gained attention in the mid-eighties with her Gallery Talks, which she conducted in museums and galleries. Her performances, which come under the banner of institutional critique and deal with sociological issues, analyze the art world and its actors - the artists, collectors, gallerists, and the museum curators and visitors: what are the images and myths of the artist that colour our picture of them? What motivations compel the collectors to buy art or donate it? How do public collections come into being, and what do they and their buildings tell us about social commitment in cities? And how can one describe the interactions between the actors in the art field?
Over the last ten years Fraser has subjected her own work and her institutional critique to a thorough revision, which she has presented in many important essays. Following the fiscal crisis and its repercussions, Fraser has turned to investigating the art market and its relation to the financial crisis from a sociological point of view, focusing rather on an economical discourse than cultural theory.
After Fraser's last survey exhibition in Europe in 2003 at the Hamburger Kunstverein, this large presentation at the Museum Ludwig will investigate the artist's new critical direction. Fraser's early works will be documented, along with her new alignment in recent works. Over and beyond this, the exhibition will focus on Andrea Fraser as a performance artist. She will give the first European performance of her latest full-length piece, Men on the Line, which she premiered in 2012 in Los Angeles. Two slightly older performances will also be staged during the opening by Fraser herself, while May I Help You from 1991 will be performed for the visitors during the exhibition by specially-instructed actors.