From the top: Booth LEM-ART, Medellin, Columbia: 2x Alejandro Tobón and painting by José F. Munoz; Booth Galerie LUX Berlin: Benedikt Richert; Booth Galerie Bart, Amsterdam: Femke Dekkers; Booth ASPN Galerie Leipzig: Matthias Harman; Booth Burg Giebichtenstein, Kunsthochschule Halle: Paul Werner: Booth Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin: Wilhelm Klotzek; all images by artfridge
The Preview Berlin Art Fair has again opened its doors on time for the beginning of this year’s art autumn. Based in a hangar of the former Tempelhof airport, the extensive rustic space offers a grand surrounding for a set up of contemporary art galleries that is mainly dominated by German exhibitors. Thus, Preview enables some of the most important art schools over here to display their works: Akademie für Malerei Berlin, Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach, UdK Berlin, Kunsthochschule Kassel and Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin.
I was happy to see some works by young artists, such as the little wood-stilt and wood balls by Alejandro Tobón and José F. Munoz' paintings of urban areas in bird's perspective. Both of them are represented by the Columbian gallery LEM-ART. Also Femke Dekkers abstract geometrical paintings and Wilhelm Klotzek's video installation were striking. However, the overall impression of this year’s Preview did not fully meet my taste. The booth arrangement is rather conventional and the genre is mainly restricted to classical paintings and plastic sculptures that - unfortunately - often seemed more vulgar than tasteful - I would have hoped for a more contemporary and less familiar program. Especially after seeing ABC, Preview somewhat turns out to be Art Week Berlin's sore spot. Doors are still open till Sunday the 16th.
until Sunday, September 16, 2012
Airport Berlin Tempelhof
Opening hours: daily 13–20h
From the top: Booth Terreno Baldio, Mexiko: Javier Marin; Booth Galerie Hengevoss, Hamburg: Barbara Petzold; Booth Galerie Eigenheim: Enriquo Freitag; Booth Widmer&Thedorius, Zürich: Matthew Cox; Booth Galerie Deschler, Berlin: Patrizia Waller; all images by artfridge