Thomas Schütte

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Naked Ladies and More   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Pawel Althamer, Frank Benson, Huma Bhabha, Katharina Fritsch, Ryan Gander, Rachel Harrison, Georg Herold, Thomas Hirschhorn, Jeff Koons, Paul McCarthy, John Miller, Cady Noland, Ugo Rondinone, Thomas Schütte, Yinka Shonibare, Rebecca Warren, Paloma Varga Weisz, Andro Wekua, Cathy Wilkes at Hayward Gallery June 17th, 2014 - September 7th, 2014
Posted 9/2/14
With the world reeling from recent global events that have severely impacted on our collective conscience—the barrage of scenes of manmade destruction, death, and disaster a vivid testimony of the dark side of humanity—visiting at Hayward Gallery was oddly cathartic. Of course, the curators were not prophets, but in bringing together twenty-five years of sculpture through twenty-five artists they have created a perspicacious and timely exhibition that reflects on something primordial: the... [more]
What does vanitas look like today?   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Paweł Althamer, Mona Hatoum, Jeppe Hein, James Hopkins, Alicja Kwade, Dieter Roth, Tomas Saraceno, Thomas Schütte, Roman Signer, Daniel Spoerri, Katja Strunz, KEI TAKEMURA, Luca Trevisani, Reijiro Wada at Georg Kolbe Museum June 15th, 2014 - August 31st, 2014
Posted 8/20/14
A human skull rests atop a modest wooden table flanked by a chronometer, books, musical instruments, an earthenware pot, and swathes of silk. Harmen Steenwyck’s (1612-1656) is emblematic of the vanitas genre, most commonly known for its intimate tabletop tableaux alluding to the transient nature of all worldly goods and pursuits. Upon entering Vanitas – Nothing is Forever Anyway at Berlin’s Georg Kolbe Museum, one immediately encounters an alternative reading of the still life: a tabletop... [more]
The Arrested Developments of Thomas Schütte   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Thomas Schütte at Serpentine Gallery September 25th, 2012 - November 18th, 2012
Posted 11/11/12
The Serpentine Gallery—which at times can feel like a summer pavilion, a cabin, a conservatory or a private chapel—always seems to attain its most sacred air in the autumn, when the light is failing and the mist rises to blur the view to the road. There is of course a certain degree of standard-issue white-cube-ness to the interior; however, this is offset by architectural hangovers from the building's past life as a 1930s tea house, and the gallery's most successful exhibitions tend to be... [more]
United Enemies and Old Friends   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Thomas Schütte at Meessen De Clercq December 9th, 2011 - January 14th, 2012
Posted 1/7/12
The choice to show a complete set of recent engravings by Thomas Schütte was conceived as an echo of the Bruno Perramant exhibition. The series is based on the famous eponymous series (see illustration below) consisting of small sculptures in Fimo polymer clay that Schütte made in the early 90's. Mounted on small wooden stilts, dressed in a tunic and positioned on a tall pedestal, each sculpture has a very expressive coloured face with pronounced facial expressions (anger, anxiety, surprise,... [more]
A Visual Chain   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Mario De Brabandere, Louis Cane, Alan Charlton, Amédée Cortier, Franky D.C., Wim Delvoye, Helmut Dorner, Vincent Geyskens, Mary Heilmann, Eugène Leroy, PETER PHILLIPS, Avery T.C. Preesman, Stephan Runge, Angel Vergara Santiago, Jan Schoonhoven, Marien Schouten, Han Schuil, Thomas Schütte, Mariella Simoni, Walter Swennen, Juan Uslé, Franz West, Robin Winters, Heimo Zobernig at S.M.A.K. October 14th, 2011 - November 20th, 2011
Posted 10/29/11
In the current presentation of works from the collection, S.M.A.K. has assembled a selection of paintings; not only on the traditional canvas, but also on more unusual supports. These works may offer a moment of calm after the stream of flashing media images and film excerpts in the adjacent exhibition by Johan Grimonprez. This collection presentation is composed like a visual chain, starting with pure colour and moving through abstract paintings to more narrative, figurative works. It closes... [more]
Little Ghost, Little Ghost, That I’m Scared of the Most   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Thomas Schütte at Donald Young Gallery May 21st, 2010 - July 3rd, 2010
Posted 5/31/10
        Appropriately titled, Thomas Schütte’s “Kleine Geister,” “Small Spirits” or “Little Ghost,” at Donald Young Gallery(who recently moved from one of Chicago’s biggest spaces to one of its smallest) surveys small-scale work by one of Germany’s most prominent sculptors. Schütte’s small spirits are the little cousins of his “Grosse Geister” or Big Ghosts, like the group that has haunted the large platform at the entrance of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, since 2004 (more... [more]
Thomas Schütte: United Enemies at Faggionato Fine Art   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Thomas Schütte at Faggionato Fine Art May 8th, 2009 - July 8th, 2009
Posted 6/18/09
        We know Thomas Schütte, the Düsseldorf based artist, from his colourful glass sculpture, ‘’, that has occupied the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square (soon to be colonised by Antony Gormley’s constant changing appearance of citizen performers). Schütte is a polymath, with an immensely varied portfolio ranging from iconic figure sculptures to architectural models, ceramics and graphic pieces. His work is at once disturbing, repellent and hugely entertaining. His international... [more]
Puppets!   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Guy Ben-Ner, Nayland Blake, Louise Bourgeois, Maurizio Cattelan, Anne Chu, Nathalie Djurberg, Terence Gower, Dan Graham, Christian Jankowski, Mike Kelley, William Kentridge, Survival Research Laboratory, Cindy Loehr, Paul McCarthy, Annette Messager, Matt Mullican, Bruce Nauman, Dennis Oppenheim, Philippe Parreno, Thomas Schütte, Laurie Simmons, Doug Skinner, Kiki Smith, Michael Smith, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Kara Walker, Charlie White at Santa Monica Museum of Art May 24th, 2008 - August 9th, 2008
Posted 6/14/08
Puppets, puppetry and the like are often relegated to being an obscure subgenre of the theater or sometimes of the art world but the exhibition, currently on view at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, points out the fact that puppets frequently infiltrate popular culture and bring along with them issues that loom large like agency, control, miniaturization and manipulation. These issues are explored by a wide range of internationally recognized artists who have created work that incorporates the... [more]
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