30 April 2013

PLAYGROUND LOVE

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Olympus OM-D: Photography Playground at Opernwerkstätten Berlin _ opening, photos by artfridge, courtesy Olympus
Julian Charrière "Undefined Horizons"
Olympus OM-D: Photography Playground at Opernwerkstätten Berlin _ opening, photos by artfridge, courtesy Olympus
Julian Charrière "Undefined Horizons"
Olympus OM-D: Photography Playground at Opernwerkstätten Berlin _ opening, photos by artfridge, courtesy Olympus
Speech Tchoban & Kuznetbov "Towninbox"
Olympus OM-D: Photography Playground at Opernwerkstätten Berlin _ opening, photos by artfridge, courtesy Olympus
Speech Tchoban & Kuznetbov "Towninbox"

Zimoun "318 Prepares DC-Motors, Cork Balls,  Cardboard Boxes 100 x 100 x 100cm"
Olympus OM-D: Photography Playground at Opernwerkstätten Berlin _ opening, photos by artfridge, courtesy Olympus
Zimoun "318 Prepares DC-Motors, Cork Balls,  Cardboard Boxes 100 x 100 x 100cm"
Olympus OM-D: Photography Playground at Opernwerkstätten Berlin _ opening, photos by artfridge, courtesy Olympus
Jeongmoon Choi – Drawing in Space
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Size does matter! Especially in the arts - whether in a good or a bad way. Despite last year's critical article "It’s Going to Be Huge" by American art critic Jerry Saltz's in the New York Times Magazine, I don't believe that the trend for big shows necessarily needs to be "watering things down". It can also be something positive: Some art works need space and some big spaces need large artworks. Nothing argues against enjoying spectacular art, as long as it has the ambition to be more than just enormous. In that sense, many of the large installations that are currently exhibited at Opernwerkstätten Berlin in the Olympus OM-D: Photography Playground exhibition fall into that category. Everything about this show is huge: a 7000 square-meter location, twelve interactive installations and eventually the expectation of the visitor...

29 April 2013

GALLERY WEEKEND BERLIN: FRIDAY RECAP

Gallery Weekend 2013 _ photo by artfridge.de
 Richard Artschwager at Sprüth Magers Berlin
Gallery Weekend 2013 _ photo by artfridge.de
Claus Larsen at Reh Kunst
Gallery Weekend 2013 _ photo by artfridge.de
Jana Euler at Galerie Neu
Gallery Weekend 2013 _ photo by artfridge.de
George Condo at Sprüth Magers Berlin
Gallery Weekend 2013 _ photo by artfridge.de
George Condo at Sprüth Magers Berlin
Gallery Weekend 2013 _ photo by artfridge.de
Joseph Kosuth at Sprüth Magers Berlin
Gallery Weekend 2013 _ photo by artfridge.de
Steve Schepens at SMAC
Gallery Weekend 2013 _ photo by artfridge.de
Alice Aycock at Galerie Thomas Schulte
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While some gallerists are burying their heads in the sand, Alicja Kwade created a place of pilgrimage for the art-disciples: Gallery weekend doesn't have a central theme, so most galleries have to either come up with a spectacular idea or a spectacular artist. I had prepared a list of places to see before and managed to get a glimpse of most of my favourite exhibitions...

26 April 2013

GALLERY WEEKEND BERLIN: THURSDAY RECAP

Alexandra Bircken at BQ Berlin, Detail, "Inside out"_ photo by artfridge _  courtesy BQ Berlin
Alexandra Bircken at BQ Berlin, courtesy BQ Berlin
Mandla Reuter at Croy Nielsen Berlin _ photo by artfridge_ courtesy Croy Nielsen
Mandla Reuter at Croy Nielsen Berlin, courtesy Croy Nielsen
Michael Bühler-Rose at Nature Morte Berlin _ photo by artfridge _ courtesy Nature Morte
Michael Bühler-Rose at Nature Morte Berlin, courtesy Nature Morte
Christoph Meier at Galerie Kamm _ photo by artfridge _ courtesy Galerie Kamm
Christoph Meier at Galerie Kamm, courtesy Galerie Kamm
ZIMOUN at Olympus OM-D: Photography Playground _ photo by artfridge _ courtesy Olympus OM-D: Photography Playground
ZIMOUN at Olympus OM-D: Photography Playground, courtesy OlympusOpening INSITU_ (f.l.t.r.) Gilles Neiens, Marie Graftieaux, Ignacio Uriarte, Sinta Werner, Ulrich Vogl, Nora Mayr _ photo by artfridge
Opening INSITU, (f.l.t.r.) Gilles Neiens, Marie Graftieaux, Ignacio Uriarte, Sinta Werner, Ulrich Vogl, Nora Mayr
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I have a love-hate relationship with Gallery Weekend Berlin: On the one hand, its lovely to have so many amazing shows on display in city. On the other hand, just the thought of 51 official and dozens of unofficial openings within two to three days stresses me out completely. This is why it needs a good preparation before one leaves the house to explore the art shows. After yesterday's press conference at Berlinische Galerie, which took place for the first time, we had the option to already get a preview of the exhibitions. 

23 April 2013

ART COLOGNE 2013 / PART II: MODERN CLASSICS

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Daniel Buren at Galeria Hilario Galguera, Mexico City
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Laura Ford at Scheffel, Bad Homburg v. d. Höhe 
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Booth Hauser & Wirth, Zürich, London, New York 
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Christoph Schlingensief at Hauser & Wirth,  Zürich, London, New York
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Jonathan Meese at Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen
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Sigmar Polke at Michael Werner, Cologne, Berlin, New York
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Jeff Cowen at Michael Werner, Cologne, Berlin, New York
47th editon of Art Cologne _ 2013 _ featured on artfridge _ images by artfridge _ courtesy Art Cologne, the artists and gallerists
Georg Baselitz at Michael Werner, Cologne, Berlin, New York
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Jack Pierson at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, Salzburg
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After writing about the contemporaries in my last post, the second part of my review about the 47th edition of Art Cologne will be focussing on the modern classics segment on the first floor. For those of you who have never been to the fair I should mention that Art Cologne is very much separated into two different areas: the contemporaries upstairs, the classics downstairs. While Art Cologne Director Daniel Hug transformed and improved the upstairs area, the classic-department hasn't changed much: Botero, Beuys - Kneffel, Knoebel. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's 1926-painting “Strassenbild vor dem Friseurladen” even made it into the press, as Galerie Heinze & Ketterer had it on sale for 3,75 million Euros, which is said to be the highest price of the whole fair. 

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
Art Cologne 2013 _ featured on artfridge, all images copright artfridge.de, courtesy the artists and galleries
Thea Djordjadze at Sprüth Magers Berlin London
Art Cologne 2013 _ featured on artfridge, all images copright artfridge.de, courtesy the artists and galleries
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.

4 April 2013

ARTIST WATCH: PUSENKOFF&PUSENKOFF

Pusenkoff & Pusenkoff _ After Reality _ exhibited at Ludwig Museum  Koblenz _featured on artfridge Pusenkoff & Pusenkoff _ After Reality _ exhibited at Ludwig Museum  Koblenz _featured on artfridge Pusenkoff & Pusenkoff _ After Reality _ exhibited at Ludwig Museum  Koblenz _featured on artfridge Pusenkoff & Pusenkoff _ After Reality _ exhibited at Ludwig Museum  Koblenz _featured on artfridge Pusenkoff & Pusenkoff _ After Reality _ exhibited at Ludwig Museum  Koblenz _featured on artfridge Pusenkoff & Pusenkoff _ After Reality _ exhibited at Ludwig Museum  Koblenz _featured on artfridge
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Reality is a funny concept. This is especially true in the arts, where the borders of fictional invention and real life blur through artistic manipulation. The Russian painter and performance artist George Pusenkoff (*1953) and his son, photo- and video artist Ilya Pusenkoff (*1982), currently explore these borders in their first joint exhibition "After Reality" at Museum Ludwig in Koblenz. As a Cologne-based artist duo, PUSENKOFF&PUSENKOFF approach an interdisciplinary dialogue between their artistic material: The still and the moving image - the abstract and the figurative. This dialogue is mediated by a third protagonist, the visitor, who sees his own shadow and his movements mirrored in video projections that display tons of colours floating down the surface; who doubts his perception when looking at a digital image of an ocean that seems to stand still and however moves.