“Here Comes Everybody”
30 November 2010 – 28 August 2011
HAMBURGER BAHNHOF – MUSEUM FÜR GEGENWART – BERLIN
Tel. +49 – (0)30 3978 3411
Cory Arcangel comments on our hyper-accelerated, mashed-up, media culture by constantly remixing and recycling his own satirical work. Arcangel creates video collages of carefully sourced archival imagery and re-contextualizes them into demonstrations of mass-media’s ability to stimulate and seduce viewers. In this spirit, a hypnotic video installation entitled “a couple thousand short films about Glenn Gould,” is the centerpiece for “Here Comes Everybody.” The two-screen video, compiled in 2007, transforms over 1100 individual, downloaded and re-edited, clips from Glenn Gould’s performances into a graceful version of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.
JOSE MARIA CANO
“The Wall Street One Hundred”
30 April – 28 August 2011
Galerie Caprice Horn
Caprice Horn Galerie GmbH
D – 10969
+49 (0)30 – 44 04 89 29
In “The Wall Street One Hundred,” Spanish artist José María Cano creates a rogues’ gallery of the hundred most famous and infamous figures in the economy and finance sector. His encaustic wax paintings are careful copies of portraits from the pages of the Wall Street Journal and provide a dry commentary on the image of true power created and enforced by the mass media. The collective result is a witty portrait of wealth in our era.
Katie Armstrong, Birgit Dieker, Stephanie Kiwitt, Ryan Mosley, Luise Schröder
22 June – 20 August 2011
Galerie EIGEN + ART
10117 Berlin, Germany
+49 (0)30 2806-605
This traditionally conceived gallery-showcase of a summer show elegantly presents the work of five promising young artists in the prestigious Eigen +Art stable. New York artist Katie Armstrong shows her pop-culture inspired animated films. Birgit Dieker displays her anthropomorphic sculptural portraits created from her subjects’ discarded clothes. Stephanie Kiwitt contributes critical photographs of our consumer culture. British-born Ryan Mosley plays with art history in his witty paintings and Luise Schröder’s video installations examine memorial conventions. The range of work and themes blends well together into a coherent and compelling spread for the gallery.
Makoto Aida, Pilar Albarracin, Gilles Barbier, Norbert Bisky, Michaël Borremans, Patty Chang, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Erik Dietman, Wim Delvoye, Marcel Dzama, Renato Garza Cervera, Will Cotton, James Ensor, Camille de Galbert, Francisco de Goya, J. J. Grandville, Blalla W. Hallmann, Pieter Hugo, Melissa Ichiuji, John Isaacs, Oda Jaune, Michel Journiac, Dana Schutz, Sandra Vasquez de la Horra, Adriana Varejâo, Saverio Lucariello, Frédérique Loutz, Patrizio Di Massimo, Yasumasa Morimura, Philippe Mayaux, Vik Muniz, Wangechi Mutu, Álvaro Oyarzún, Chantalpetit, Giov. Battista Podesta, Odilon Redon, Félicien Rops, Bettina Rheims, Benjamin Saurer, Cindy Sherman, Toshio Saeki, Mathew Weir, Joel-Peter Witkin, Ralf Ziervogel, Jérôme Zonder
29 May – 21 August 2011
ME COLLECTORS ROOM BERLIN / OLBRICHT FOUNDATION
+49 (0) 30 86 00 85-10
In Germany, the recent real-life story of Armin Meiwes, “The Man Who Ate His Lover,” awoke contemporary newsreaders to the intricacies of one of humanity’s true universal taboos. Perversely, Meiwes’s story had romantic, human and emotional depth that almost lead rational people to empathize with his desire to literally consume his paramour. In this extensive, captivating and over-due group show, the sociological, metaphoric and creative uses of cannibalism are explored. Leading artists show images of flesh-eating alongside historical works, etchings, books of hours, paintings, ethnographic photographs, and cult objects. Ummm….it’s worth chewing on….
“THE OBJECT OF OBSERVATION (CHANGES BY BEING OBSERVED)”
Jennifer Bornstein, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Sam Durant, Ryan Gander, Mario Garcia Torres and Derek Sullivan.
01 July – 03 September 2011
“The Object of Observation (Changes By Being Observed)”
10117 Berlin, Germany
+49 (0) 30 27583030
Smart artists thank the shoulders they stand on. In this clever group show, six keen conceptual artists pay direct homage to their artistic inspirations. The artists referenced include Alexander Rodchenko to Yvonne Rainer, and from Antomy Gormley to Robert Smithson – but, like any good portrait, the works ultimately reveal more about the artists creating them than their subjects.
“In a Lonely Place”
2 July – 4 September 2011
Oranienburger Straße 35/36
+49 (0) 30.28 44 41 661
Gregory Crewdson’s haunting photograph unearths the psychological dysfunction, fears and dark desires luring within manicured suburban settings. His series “Beneath the Roses” depicts passive people lulled into compliancy by their overly regimented, placid-seeming lives. The undermining threats or horrors awaiting them are never fully revealed but Crewdson is a master at manufacturing creepy moods. His large-format cinematic images do not tell full stories but allude to complex narratives. Like fatten calves, his protagonists drift into danger without any obvious sign of resistance or awareness. In this series, the “stories’” shared moral is: wake up!
IN RESPONSE TO THE SKY. BREATHING
Jeff Faerber and Lars Henkel
04 July – 31 August 2011
American artist Jeff Faerber and the German artist Lars Henkel share a compatible mystic sensibility. Yet, while Faerber’s choppy brushwork and allegorical imagery tells strange stories involving beautiful young women in dark, dream-like situations, Lars Henkel’s more sophisticated collage works are dystopian visions combining references ranging from Bosch with Cold War ephemera. Both artists’ otherworldly narrative approaches create a strangely appealing, surreal world-view.
SCULPTURE IS THREE-DIMENSIONAL ARTWORK CREATED BY SHAPING OR COMBINING HARD MATERIALS …
Darren Bader, Eduardo Basualdo, Phyllida Barlow, Michael Beutler, Andy Coolquitt, Jan de Cock, Agathe Fleury, Michel François, Martha Friedman, Kasia Fudakowski, Jason Kraus, Justin Matherly, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Martin Soto Climent, Jessica Stockholder, Johannes Wald
16 July 2011 – 28 August 2011
Galerie Johann König, Berlin
Dessauer Straße 6-7
+49 (0) 30 26 10 30 80
The title for Galerie Johann König’s summer sculpture show a verbatim copy of the first sentence from Wikipedia’s “sculpture” entry. The actual Wiki entry is more welcoming and expansive after the first sentence but this list of traditional materials still form the boundaries for many sculptors’ creativity. Playing off this perfunctory platform, the works present today’s wide range of thinking and making outside these basic perimeters. Instead of sticking to the stated standard mediums, König’s artists create with eccentric and unexpected material thereby demonstrating contemporary art’s liberating irreverence and joyful intellectual curiosity.
Corinne Wasmuht: Versammlung der Zeichen I
28 July – 11 September 2011
Hanna-Mari Blencke, Anna Boghiguian, Spartacus Chetwynd, Habima Fuchs, Markus Gutmann, Margarethe Held, Chris Hipkiss, Kalin Lindena, Wolfgang Lugmair, Peter Pommerer, Agatha Wojciechowski
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
+ 49 (0) 30 2434590
Corinne Wasmuht defines her curatorial ethos with KW’s on-going artist-curated series as: “The exhibition’s center is not visible, here diverse signs of different artistic expressiveness gather; governors of an arcane world.” In other words, the sci-fi-style German painter gathered a group of artist reflecting her own energetic aesthetic. Wasmuht is known for her high-gloss oil paintings which mix abstract forms with visions of futuristic cityscapes. As a KW curator, she combines Hanna-Mari Blencke’s bouncy hued canvases and sculptures, Kalin Lindena crafty surrealism, Margarethe Held’s warm child-like portraiture and other similarly considered works into a cheerful and warm summer show.
23. August 2011, 4pm – midnight
Cuvry Str. 3-4, Berlin
The international buzz about Berlin’s booming expat art/party culture owes a lot to Emilie Trice. The American-born ex-Berliner did her time in an intimidating impressive range of art roles. Trice has been influential as an art writer (for Saatchi Online, along with the New York Times, Gridskipper and The Paris Review), gallery employee and curator. Now, she is also emerging as an artist. Trice’s art is a puckish “Devil Wears Prada” spin on Berlin’s art community. She uses the mementos that she collected from years working at Gagosian and a series of defunct galleries (Berlin’s Goff and Rosenthal, Bodi Berlin and Wilde Gallery) to create playfully critical art about the art-world’s values, questions of creativity and originality, gender divides, social stereotypes and rough realities. As a curator Trice previously organized a series of one-night-only, all-night, vernissages. As she says, “Before I leave Berlin, I will mount one last show, but this time, of my own art. That’s right. I am curating myself. Literally.” Her debut event as an artist promises to be the perfect finissage for her multiple careers in B