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How’s that for photography?

by Max Nesterak
It’s been years since photographer Thomas Ruff has taken a picture in the traditional sense – set the aperture, press the shutter release, develop the film. For most of his career, Ruff’s work has consisted of altering images he’s dug up everywhere, from the archives of NASA to Internet porn sites. In his latest series, Ruff disregards the camera’s role in the photography process altogether. In , now on display at Johnen Galerie in Mitte, Ruff champions the so-called camera-less photography,... [more]
Posted by Max Nesterak on 11/14/13

Jan Merta

        Jan Merta (b. 1952 in Sumperk, Czech Republic) ranks among the most important painters of his generation in his home country. His work is informed by the demise of the communist regime. Before the fall of Communism his practice was affected by conceptual strategies which has since changed into a more pictorial and colorful approach to painting. Jan Merta’s pictures attest to his great versatility and universalism. Any visual experience of Merta can become the starting point... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 4/3/11

A Pounding Silence

by E-Slant Team
  Answer Me (2008) was shot in the abandoned Buckminster Fuller dome of an eavesdropping station built in Berlin, in the mid 50s as part of the global Echelon intelligence-gathering network of NSA for long-range surveillance during the cold war. It stands atop the Teufelsberg hill made from the rubble of postwar Berlin, under which another building designed by Albert Speer is buried. Based on a dialogue from a note that Michelangelo Antonioni wrote on the breakdown of a couple, where... [more]
Posted by E-Slant Team on 4/4/09

Catastrophe's Dazzling Beauty

by E-Slant Team
Art after "nine eleven", text by Raimar Stange Again and again, the focus of Slawomir Elsner's work is "catastrophe's dazzling beauty". This can be seen, for example, in his series entitled "Kilotons" (2007). At first glance, they are nothing but coloured pencil drawings of south sea islands in blazing colours as we all know them from travel agents' brochures. The second glance, however, reveals that the bright light in the background is that of one of the atomic weapon tests that have taken... [more]
Posted by E-Slant Team on 1/5/09
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