Tuesday, 13 November 2018

30 years of Delmes & Zander

Karl Hans Janke, Knabenbildnis, 1963, mixed media on paper, 29,5 x 21 cm
November 24th, 2018 – February 1st, 2019

30 years of Delmes & Zander
Curated by James Richards

Spending time at Delmes & Zander, James Richards* has convened an intimate path through thirty years of the gallery’s program. Choosing works from the gallery’s archives by Aurel Iselstöger, Miroslav Tichý, Sava Sekulic and Karl Hans Janke, to mention a few, the selection is intuitive and associative. There is a focus on drawing and works on paper as a form of direct communication.

Artist Tolia Astali (born 1974 in Tiflis, Georgia) provides the architectural framework for the exhibition. Her work acts as both display structure and atmospheric holding environment, becoming an organic tissue against which the works from the gallery storage spaces are installed. This playful mixing of background texture and foreground display opens up new interpretative possibilities as well as blurring the boundaries between the curatorial logic and artwork, while conveying a personal navigation of Delmes & Zander's history.

Albrecht Becker, ohne Titel, 1974, photo collage, 28,4 x 20,4 cm, Copyright Collection Hervé Joseph Lebrun

Albrecht Becker – Libidinal MOTION
Curated by Lucas Foletto Celinski

Albrecht Becker (1906 – 2002), best known as a successful set designer and film architect (Hauptmann von Köpenick, Das Glas Wasser) and for his controversial biography – he was imprisoned by the Nazis under paragraph 175 – has also created an extensive artistic body of work.

The exhibition ALBRECHT BECKER – Libidinal MOTION, curated by Lucas Foletto Celinski*, will focus on the photomontage self-portraits Becker made in later years. His experimental photographic images, constructed through a range of diverse techniques, such as multiple-exposure, mirror reflection and collage, combine the depiction of motion with body-related self-explorations. Capturing separate instants of action in one static image, his photomontages render the impression of movement, bringing to mind Eadweard Muybridge's photographic studies of motion.

The exhibition provides insight into Becker's body explorations and a queer take on body and movement. A pioneer of body modification, Becker's photomontages situate his body as a site for mutable and constant transformation. Becker's staged “body-play” transcends the boundaries of still and motion, natural and artificial, private and public. They render testimony to an auto-erotic obsession.

As part of a research project at the Schwules Museum Berlin, James Richards has previously worked with Becker's photomontages in his collaborative film with Steve Reinke: What Weakens The Flesh is The Flesh Itself (2017). Thanks to Rosa von Praunheim for the permission to show the documentary film Love and Torment – Albrecht Becker (2005) in the context of the exhibition.

The exhibition takes place with the friendly support of Collection Hervé Joseph Lebrun.

30 years of Delmes & Zander

We are happy to celebrate our 30th gallery anniversary with the two shows Libidinal MOTION/ Diary of An Innocent curated at our exhibition space by the artists James Richards and Lucas Foletto Celinski respectively.  The orientation of the gallery program remains in a constant dynamic process freed from the dictates of genre and the idea of the artwork as a finished product, thus exploring new directions and opening up new fields of experimentation.

*James Richards (born 1983 in Cardiff, UK) lives and works in Berlin and London. He is the recipient of the Ars Viva Prize (2014) and Derek Jarman Award for film and video (2012) and was a resident of the Berliner Künstlerprogramm DAAD (2013). Richards was shortlisted for the 2014 Turner Prize. Recent solo shows include Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2018), Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover (2017), ICA, London (2016), Bergen Kunsthall (2016), Kunstverein München (2015), CCA, Kitakyushu (2012), Chisenhale Gallery, London (2011) and Tate Britain, London (2010). In 2017 Richards represented Wales at the 57th Venice Biennale. Selected group exhibitions include Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y. (2017), Less Than Zero, Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis (2016), Cut to Swipe, MoMA, N.Y. (2014), Frozen Lakes, Artist Space N.Y. (2013) and The Encyclopedic Palace, 55th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2013).

*Lucas Foletto Celinski (born in 1986 in Brazil) lives and works in Berlin. Recent shows include Suture Pénétrable at Standing Pine Gallery, Nagoya (2017), Passion at Museum Ludwig, Budapest (2016), Slash: In Between the Normative and the Fantasy at Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga (2015), Berlin Artists' Statements at BWA Contemporary Art Gallery, Katowice (2015) and Bedded-Down Knot at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2015).

Friday, 9 November 2018

Article on Delmes & Zander at Kölnische Rundschau

Kölnische Rundschau, November 8, 2018
Thank you Heidrun Wirth and Kölnische Rundschau for the article on occasion of the 30th anniversary of Delmes & Zander.

The jubilee exhibition will open on the 24th of November, 6 - 9 pm.

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Monday, 5 November 2018

Hilma af Klint at the Guggenheim

Installation view of Hilma af Klint's "The Ten Largest." Image courtesy Ben Davis

Why Hilma af Klint’s Occult Spirituality Makes Her the Perfect Artist for Our Technologically Disrupted Time

Review on the exhibition on Artnet by Ben Davis
"Assembled in a chronological progression up the museum’s spiral, the show feels like both a transmission from an unmapped other world and a perfectly logical correction to the history of Modern art—an alternate mode of abstraction from the dawn of the 20th century that looks as fresh as if it were painted yesterday."

(...) "Hilma af Klint's example shows the symbolic power that a woman artist could draw both in spite of and because of the constraints put on her by her time period and her culture, making her a convincing heroine for today. But there is another aspect of Hilma af Klint that makes her oeuvre enter into harmonic relation with the present. That is her occultism.

Af Klint’s interior life, I gather, remains a bit of an enigma, glimpsed through hints and fragments in her journals. What is definitely known is that she had begun attending séances as a teenager, using them as a way to contact her younger sister, who had died young. Af Klint’s turn to abstraction grew from experiments with contacting the dead, particularly as part of a group of women who christened themselves the Five, going into trance states or channeling with a machine called a psychograph."

(...) "Hilma af Klint wanted her art hidden from the world until society was ready for it. What exactly that would have meant to her remains elusive. And nevertheless, she has surfaced right on time."

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Friday, 26 October 2018

Check out Art Agenda's review which features works by Alexandru Chira at FIAC 2018

Alexandru Chira, Untitled, 1994, Oil and pencil on canvas, 78.5 x 79 cm. Image courtesy of Delmes & Zander, Cologne
Alexandru Chira is mentioned in Lauren Mackler's Paris Roundup for Art Agenda.

"At FIAC, Ambera Wellmann’s lush, subject-bending paintings, embodying figures in motion with otherworldly physics, showcased by Mexico City’s Lulu on a marginal wall of the fair (interrupted by an emergency exit door, or perhaps a janitorial closet) was nonetheless a showstopper; Alexandru Chira’s dreamy UFO paintings at Delmes & Zander, Cologne, as well."

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Works by Michail Paule part of MEISENFLOO at Norma Mangione Gallery, Turin

Exhibition poster of MEISENFLOO at Norma Mangione Gallery, Turin

MEISENFLOO at Norma Mangione Gallery, Turin opens on Nov 3, 2018. The exhibition is curated by Michael Bauer.

"Meisenfloo is a collective exhibition at Norma Mangione Gallery, Turin. The show is curated by Michael Bauer is also exhibiting, alongside artists Raines Birkbeck, Vincent Dermody, Michaela Eichwald, Alastair Mackinven, David Noonan, Michail Paule and Renee So."

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Excited to participate in Independent New York in spring 2019

Independent, New York, photo: Spring Studio
The 2019 edition of Independent New York will include over 50 international galleries and non-profits.

"Independent is pleased to announce the participants for the upcoming iteration of Independent New York, which will return to Spring Studios in Tribeca from March 7-10, 2019. This occasion marks the 10th Anniversary Edition of Independent New York and will present over 50 international galleries and non-profit institutions.

Matthew Higgs, founding curatorial advisor to Independent and director of White Columns states, "Independent remains, first and foremost, a platform for the ideas of artists - of all kinds, and for the galleries - of all persuasions, that support them. Over the past ten years, Independent has been instrumental in suggesting that an art fair can be both a focused and revelatory experience, one that closely relates to and augments our encounters with art elsewhere."

Adams and Ollman, Portland
Air de Paris, Paris
Alden Projects™, New York
Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco
The approach, London
Arcadia Missa, London
Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin
CANADA, New York
Carlos/Ishikawa, London
Chapter NY, New York
Company Gallery, New York
Delmes & Zander, Cologne
Derek Eller Gallery, New York
Emalin, London
Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
Fleisher/Ollman, Philadelphia
Garth Greenan Gallery, New York
The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Karma, New York
Anton Kern Gallery, New York
Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York
David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
the Landing, Los Angeles
Loevenbruck, Paris
LINN LÜHN, Düsseldorf
Marlborough, New York/London
Kai Matsumiya, New York
moniquemeloche, Chicago
MKG127, Toronto
The Modern Institute, Glasgow
Morán Morán, Los Angeles
Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin/Cologne
Night Gallery, Los Angeles
Ortuzar Projects, New York
Maureen Paley, London
Parker Gallery, Los Angeles
Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York
Peres Projects, Berlin
Reyes Projects, Metro Detroit
Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York
Rossi & Rossi, London/Hong Kong
Kerry Schuss, New York
Southard Reid, London
The Sunday Painter,London
Take Ninagawa, Tokyo
Timothy Taylor, London / New York
Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
Tilton Gallery, New York
Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York
Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York
VIGO, London
White Columns, New York

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Monday, 22 October 2018

Thank you Anya Harrison for including Alexandru Chira in your review

Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, "Something for the Boys," 2018, film still.

Alexandru Chira's “Package Poem IV – Study” (1971-1991) picked as one of the top works at FIAC 2018 by Blouinartinfo

"An art professor by day, Alexandru Chira (1947-2011) created esoteric drawings, plans and paintings outside of “working hours” that are a blend of the eccentric, magical and mystical, with a deep interest in engineering and utopianism. Determined to save his home village in Transylvania from the catastrophic effects of long-term drought, Chira developed a monumental piece of land art, a transmitter to bring down rain and rainbows to the earth. Works such as “Package Poem IV — Study,” form part of his four-decade-long project and esoteric vocabulary that give rise to a belief system and mode of being all its own."

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