Hans-Peter Feldmann (2006)

All the Clothes of a Woman, 1970’s By Roy Arden, This curator’s text was originally published for the exhibition ‘Hans-Peter Feldmann’ at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, June 9 – August 20, 2006. Hans-Peter Feldmann’s oeuvre includes works in many media, from painting to sculpture, installation, photography, collage, bookworks, archives or collections of images, objects, […]

I Make My Picture on the Surface: Visiting Thomas Ruff in Dusseldorf (2005)

Sammlung Goetz, Munchen, 1994 Ruff’s work is based on a critical study of the nature and history of photography. To his mind, the reputed objectivity of photography has always been suspect, and electronic processing is no less manipulative than the subjective selection made by the person looking through the lens. By Philip Ursprung, text excerpt […]

Not Fade Away: The Face of German History in Michael Schmidt’s Ein-heit (2003)

Not Fade Away: The Face of German History in Michael Schmidt’s Ein-heit By Michael W. Jennings, October, 2003 Fotografieren verboten. Photography forbidden. Is this the coded message that stutters at us in a central image from the photoessay U-ni-ty (Ein-heit) by the contemporary Berlin photographer Michael Schmidt? The cropped image of a sign, perhaps a […]

August Sander: “A Profile of the People” (2002)

By Hans-Michael Koetzle In 1910, August Sander began a systematic attempt to portray and typologize his fellow countrymen. The project, undertaken wholly at his own initiative and expense, found support only among his painter friends in the Rhineland area of Germany. His book Antlitz der Zeit was outlawed and partially destroyed by the Nazis in […]

HELMUT NEWTON: “Skewing Lines: On Pervs, Pearls and Sex Dolls”

Fat hand and dollars, Monte Carlo, 1986   Perfection, perfect women, and perfect sex (as if such a thing exists) may be Newton’s medium, his outer preoccupation, his aesthetic obsession, but they are not the subject of his work.   Skewing Lines: On Pervs, Pearls and Sex Dolls By Lily Azrielant, Mercer Street The warm […]

Helmut Newton: Skewing Lines – On Pervs, Pearls and Sex Dolls

 “There are two dirty words in photography, one is art and the other is good taste.”  – Helmut Newton   Skewing Lines: On Pervs, Pearls and Sex Dolls By Lily Azrielant The warm afternoon light strokes the ends of her dimly lit legs. They are thin, small, soft, and fitted with a pair of violent […]

The Social Mosaic Attempted: The Photographs of August Sander (2004)

 Social class stands before us in all its detail and specificity.   By Clare Hurley, December, 2004 “People of the Twentieth Century”: August Sander’s Photographic Portrait of Germany, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May 25—September 19, 2004 A selection of 150 photographs from August Sander’s People of the Twentieth Century [Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts] […]

Andreas Gursky – ‘From a World’s Spirit’s Eye View’ (2007)

As soon as the technique is available, Gursky proceeds to the digital manipulation of the image. By Stefan Beyst INTRODUCTION After the big retrospective in the MoMA 2001, a new big show in the Munich ‘Haus der Kunst’ is dedicated to the photographer whose ’99 cent II Diptychon’ (1999) has recently been auctioned at Sotheby’s […]