21 April 2013

ART COLOGNE 2013 / PART I: NADA & CONTEMPORARIES

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Alicja Kwade (door) and Jeppe Hein (letters) at Johann König, Berlin
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Michail Pirgelis at Sprüth Magers Berlin London
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Thea Djordjadze at Sprüth Magers Berlin London
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Walter Dahn at Sprüth Magers Berlin London
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Booth by PSM Berlin
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Joelle Tuerlinckx at Galerie Nächst St. Stephan
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Andrei Roiter at AKINCI, Amsterdam
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Peter Krauskopf at Galerie Jochen Hempel, Berlin, Leipzig
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Booth by Produzentengalerie Hamburg
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New Positions: Booth by artist Valentin Ruhry for Galerie Christine König, Vienna
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Jürgen Teller at Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris
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Anna Vogel at Conrads, Düsseldorf
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David Ostrowski at Peres Projects, Berlin
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Dash Snow at Peres Projects, Berlin
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NADA: Absalon Kirkeby at Peter Amby Gallery
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Booth Soy Capitan Berlin
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NADA: Anna Virnich at Drei, Cologne
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NADA: Booth DREI, Cologne 
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The German Rhineland is an area with a long and popular tradition of art - its history still influences the art dealers' and curators' casual way of handling trends coming and going. Staying true to its distinctive style, the Rhineland manages to create a calm and unexcited balance between the new contemporaries and the big players - a unique and reliable phenomenon that can be best observed at the current 47th edition of Art Cologne, which includes roughly 200 exhibiting galleries. Carefully, Art Cologne director Daniel Hug moves the fair towards being the most contemporary one that the Rhineland has seen in decades - a welcome and desired change. In this post I will first give you an impression of the New Contemporaries (galleries founded after 2000), the external fair NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance, New York) and the established contemporary art galleries, which are, as usual, located on the second floor, whereas the next post will be showing pictures from the established and more classic Galleries on the first floor.

Even though there should be much to expect from NADA, only few booths could convince with exciting positions: DREI showed beautiful textile installations by Anna Virnich and combined these with three minimalist sculptures by James ClarksonSchmidt & Handrup, another Cologne-based gallery, had Nathan Peter transform their whole booth into a corner wrapped in silver stripes, covering three paintings on the wall-space. There were also some new discoveries to make at NADA, including a great yellowish photo collage by Per Kirkeby's son Absalon Kirkeby at the Copenhagen-based Peter Amby Gallery and a brave booth curation by Blank Projects from Cape Town.

In the much bigger section of the New Contemporaries the gallery booths of the brothers Johann König (Berlin) and Leo König (New York) are among the most striking spaces. Johann König, whose gallery focuses mostly on conceptual art, exhibits a bended door by the up-and-coming star Alicja Kwade and, amongst others, "We all are", a humorous manifest by Jeppe Hein, continuing the grammatical conjugation table of "I am". Leo König has a huge plexiglass installation by John Armleder in his program and placed a typical Cindy Sherman self-portrait next to it. This might have been the reason why Berlin- and London-based gallery Sprüth Magers decided not show Sherman, but instead dared to put installations by younger positions, such as Michail Pirgelis and Thea Djordjadze, in the spotlight and let them dominate a knitting picture by Rosemarie Trockel and a great series of works on paper by Walter Dahn.

Arguably, Berlin-based Galerie Neu got the most out of their space: exhibiting 16 artists, the booth is transformed into a seemingly disorganized pile of two- and three dimensional pieces by well known artists as Sergej Jensen, Klara Liden or Manfred Pernice, which made the curation stand out as the most noticeable. In contrast, Peres Projects from Berlin seems very organised and clean, but still has one of the most cool booths that includes collages by Dash Snow and large paintings by David Ostrowski. Also BQ from Berlin managed a remarkable presentation with only two-dimensional works, out of which a painting by Friedrich Kunath was among my favourites from the whole fair.

With every forthcoming year, Art Cologne's first and second floor develop a bigger distance between each other: Only a few famous classics by Imi Knoebel, Georg Baselitz, Dieter Roth or Günther Förg still hold the two worlds together. But this time the young generation was finally allowed to overshadow the busy buying processes from downstairs and to dominate the fair - simply with a good contemporary art exhibition. Thanks for that, Daniel Hug!

ART COLOGNE 2013
19. - 22. April

Messeplatz 1

50679 Cologne

Germany
Opening hours: noon to 20h / 
22 April, noon to 18h



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Michael Neubürger at L.A. Galerie Frankfurt
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New Positions: Bill Balaskas at Kalfayan, Greece
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Asger Carlsen at V1 Gallery, Copenhagen
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Erik A. Frandsen at Mikael Andersen, Berlin, Copenhagen
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NADA: Booth Schmidt & Handrup, Cologne
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Christopher Williams at Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
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Karla Black at Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne 
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Friedrich Kunath at BQ, Berlin
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Carina Brandes at BQ, Berlin 
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NADA:  Booth Blank Projects, Cape Town
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Robert Janitz at Martos Gallery, New York
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NADA: Alexander Wolff at Blanket, Cologne 
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Booth Galerie Neu , Berlin
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Booth Galerie Neu , Berlin
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Booth Galerie Neu , Berlin
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New Positions: Yelena Popova at Figge von Rosen, Cologne, Berlin
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Jonas Maas at Figge von Rosen, Cologne, Berlin
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Booth Leo König, New York
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Günther Förg at Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Vienna, Innsbruck
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Siegfried Anzinger at Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Vienna, Innsbruck
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Stefan Müller at Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt
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Werner Büttner  at Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt 
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Gregor Hildebrandt at Wentrup, Berlin
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Marina Abramovic at Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
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Jimmie Durham at Christine König Galerie, Vienna
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Mounir Fatmi at Conrads, Düsseldorf // all images by artfridge, courtesy Art Cologne, the galleries and the artists

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