Friday, 7 June 2013

Galerie Susanne Zander at ART BASEL 2013

MORTON BARTLETT, untitled, ca. 1940-1960, plaster, Courtesy Galerie Susanne Zander
Galerie Susanne Zander at ART BASEL
June 13-16, 2013

Morton Bartlett
Günter K. - “Margret”
Miroslav Tichy

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Eroticism, Control and Private Universes: Morton Bartlett - Margret - Miroslav Tichý 

Galerie Susanne Zander's exhibition project for this year's Art Basel is a result of an intricate interplay between three singular and fully self-contained artistic positions that expound on notions of eroticism, control and the complex private universes, which their authors created in secret. All three positions resort to photography as a medium for turning their secret desires "real," yet the gallery proposal is not strictly a photography exhibition. Formally, the works share parallels in their outstanding aesthetic quality and in their portrayal of eroticism. All three positions tell the tale of a sexual obsession and whilst doing so, turn the spectator into a voyeur.

Morton Bartlett's (1909-1992) body of work, comprised of sculptures of girls and boys he started to build in the mid-30s and the photographs and drawings he made of them, are the ultimate testimony of a lifetime obsession. Recently the artist was shown at the 55th International Exhibition curated by Massimiliano Gioni at Venice Biennale, the exhibition series "secret universe" at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, the New Museum, New York, and the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid. Galerie Susanne Zander has represented the artist since his discovery in 1999.

Margret is the found chronicle of a love affair that took place between May 1969 and December 1970 between the Cologne business man Günter K. and his secretary Margret. The result is a meticulous documentation comprised of hundreds of photographs and typewritten documents reminiscent of the work of Sophie Calle and Hans-Peter Feldman, which thrusts the viewer defenselessly into voyeurism.The complete documentation was shown in the fall of 2012 by Veit Loers at the Kunstraum Innsbruck in Austria and shortly after at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin in the show "One On One" curated by Susanne Pfeffer.

Miroslav Tichý (1926-2011)
Shortly after his death in 2011, the gallery was granted first-hand access to a large part of Tichý's prolific oeuvre which had hereto remained largely unshown and unknown: the artists drawings and paintings. Alongside his blurred, voyeuristic snapshots which have widely defined the enigmatic Czech-born artist, this earlier part of his oeuvre has lead to a complete reevaluation of the artist, shedding a new light on his work as a whole. The gallery showed these works for the first time in 2012 revealing once again the artist's recurrent obsessions: the female, Tichý's eternal object of desire.

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