12 Apr 2014 • Amandas Ong
Picks of the Day 2: Art Cologne
We covered some of our favourite artists at Art Cologne 2014 in a web article yesterday. Whether you’re headed to the fair tomorrow or just want your weekend art fix, here are a couple more of our top choices at the fair.
We spotted another well-executed example of gestural painting at the Lullin + Ferrari booth: this untitled painting was by none other than the conceptual artist Michael Bauch. Bauch’s practice deals with the question of what painting is: he assigns pictural planes, organising them with colours and forms, evoking very different moods from somber heaviness to exhilarating lightness. Certainly, his work embodies many of the discourses that are explored in our special painting issue in March.
With a big ongoing survey show at the Art Institute Chicago (which is travelling to MoMa in August) as well as an upcoming solo exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in early 2015, photographer Christopher Williams cements his already illustrious reputation on both sides of the Atlantic. Known for resisting the conventional approach to photography as agents of consumerist spectacle, Williams is conscientiously exact about the process of creating his work. This is evident from his detailed image specifications, which aren’t just captions – they also serve the purpose of telling a vivid narrative about the making of the photograph, thus imbuing it with agency. Here’s a sample from one of the photographs we saw at Galerie Gisela Capitain’s booth: Cutaway model Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/15 ZM. Focal length: 15mm. Aperture range: 2.8-22. No. of elements/groups: 11/9 Focusing range: 0.3 m – infinity. Image ratio at close range: 1:18 Coverage at close range: 43 cm x 65 cm Angular field, diag./horiz./vert.: 110/100/77° Filter: M 72 x 0.75.Weight: 500 g. Length: 86 mm Product no. black: 30 82016. Serial no.: 15555891. (Subject to change.) Manufactured by Carl Zeiss AG, Camera Lens Division, Oberkochen, Germany Studio Rhein Verlag, Düsseldorf, January 19, 2013, 2013. Archival Pigment Print: 40.6 x 50.8 cm (paper) 76.8 x 85 cm (framed)
3. Tal R
Tel Aviv-born, Copenhagen-based Tal R has often used the word “kolbojnik”, meaning “leftovers” in Hebrew, to describe his practice of collecting a wide range of figurative and abstract imagery. These images then find their way into his paintings, which seem stylistically childlike – but upon closer look it becomes evident that his compositions are incredibly sophisticated and thoughtfully structured. Have a look at his work at the CFA-Berlin booth, and if you'd like to see more, he has a show on at ARoS (Aarhus Art Museum in Denmark) until 21 April.
4. Neo Rauch
Twenty years after Neo Rauch made his debut in the direct aftermath of the Berlin Wall’s collapse, his works are still as freshly compelling as ever. Rauch’s longtime friend, the curator Harald Kunde, has said of his creative process: “He is not interested in painting reality. He wants to depict an artificial world. The combination of different sources and pictorial strategies almost offers you a glimpse inside his brain. Dreams are very important too. Rauch is a devotee of surrealist painting. He once said that, for him, dreaming is another way of painting. You never know what is reality and what is imagination.” Head over to the Galerie EIGEN + ART booth and find out for yourself why Rauch remains so deeply relevant today.
Art Cologne will run until Sunday 13 April.
Art Cologne, Kölnmesse GmbH, Messeplatz 1, 50679 Köln, Germany
Images courtesy of the artists and their galleries.