Saturday 21 February 2015

Horst Ademeit, Morton Bartlett, Harald Bender, William Crawford, Margarethe Held, Chrs Hipkiss, Francesco Ponte, Prophet Royal Robertson, Miroslav Tichy, Type 42, George Widener, Agatha Wojciechowsky in the next exhibtion "System and Vision" at David Zwirner New York

Morton Bartlett, untitled, ca. 1950,Vintage Gelatine Silver Print, 10x13 cm, Courtesy Galerie Susanne Zander / Delmes & Zander

 Time Out Says: 

"If you need additional convincing that outsider art has become insider art, look no further than this Zwirner group show, organized with Berlin gallery Delmes & Zander. Included are the visionary flights of fancy expected of such roundups, by obsessives with established reputations such as pre–Laurie Simmons doll maker Morton Bartlett. But there are also completely unknown contributors, like the artist Type 42, so called for the Polaroid film he used to shoot stalkerish images of female actors on the television screen."

Horst Ademeit,1077, Tagesfoto, Polaroid bearbeitet, Courtesy Delmes & Zander / Galerie Susanne Zander
System and Vision

Feb 28, 2015 — Apr 18, 2015

David Zwirner
525 West 19th Street
10011 new york

Friday 20 February 2015

Galerie Susanne Zander I Cologne presents: Agatha Wojciechowsky " Warum ich meine Hände nicht ruhig halten kann"


Agatha Wojchiechowsky, untitled (Arch.-Nr. 400) 1957, chalk on paper
60,5 x 45 cm. Courtesy Galerie Susanne Zander / Delmes & Zander, Cologne + Berlin

Agatha Wojciechowsky
Warum ich meine Hände nicht ruhig halten kann
(Why I can't keep my hands still)

20. February 2015 – 11. April 2015
Opening: Friday, 20.02., 6 – 9 pm
In the current exhibition „Warum ich meine Hände nicht ruhig halten kann“ (Why I can't keep my hands still) Galerie Susanne Zander I Cologne features the mediumistic works by Agatha Wojchiechowsky. Wojchiechowsky was born in 1896, in Steinach, Germany. According to her own statement she experienced her first visions at the age of four. In 1923 she emigrated to the United States, where she worked as a maid, a seamstress, a laundress, and a kitchen helper in various hotels. She married and was a mother to two children.

After World War II, she became a well-known spiritual medium and a healer to a small circle of insiders. In 1951 she began to draw countless mediumistic drawings in which eerie spectral faces can be perceived through a maze of abstract forms and graphic symbols. “Mona”, the ghost of an American Indian girl, appeared to her one day and she began to draw according to Mona's instructions: “Take a small pencil, place it on a sheet of paper and watch what happens, immediately it, and I, began to draw and we drew and drew for a long time”. This is how Agatha Wojchiechowsky describes the beginning of her artistic activity.

Agatha Wojchiechowsky, untitled ,pen and ink drawing
33,6 x 30,2 cm. Courtesy Galerie Susanne Zander / Delmes & Zander, Cologne + Berlin
She traveled extensively across the world before she finally settled in New York, where she had her first solo exhibition at Cordier & Ekström in the 1960s.In 1961, Wojchiechowsky received the priesthood of the Universal Spiritist Association of the United States. Her work was shown at Galerie Zwirner in Cologne, Galerie Springer in Berlin and in various art brut exhibitions. Her paintings and drawings can be found in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art New York, in the Larry Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield (Connecticut) and in the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as in some museum and private collections in Europe and the United States. Agatha Wojchiechowsky died in 1986 in the United States. Galerie Susanne Zander first accessed the work of Agatha Wojciechowsky through Rudolf Zwirner.

Agatha Wojciechowsky 
"Warum ich meine Hände nicht ruhig halten kann"
Opening: 20.2.2015, 6-9 pm

Galerie Susanne Zander I
Antwerpener Straße 1
50672 Cologne
Tue-Fr 12-6 pm
Sat 11-4 pm 

Tuesday 17 February 2015

George Widener in the next exhibition " LE BORD DES MONDES" at Palais des Tokyo - Opening tomorrow 18th of February!

V.A.L.I.S., mixed media on paper, 2014,Courtesy Galerie Susanne Zander/ Delmes & Zander

Le Bord des Mondes

Answering Marcel Duchamp’s question: “Can one make works of art which are not ‘of art’?”, the exhibition “Le Bord des Mondes” [At the Edge of the Worlds] explores the many fields of artistic creation and welcomes creative people from outside of the art world whose work would seem to belong to it through its depth, its beauty and its singularity. These artists – visionaries, experimenters, poets and pirates – reveal these unprecedented fields and defy limits.

CounterX2, mixed media on paper, 2014, Courtesy Galerie Susanne Zander/ Delmes & Zander

George Widener 

At age 17, George Widener (b. 1962, lives and works in Asheville, U.S.A.) began working for the US Air Force as a technician. In his free time he took up drawing. But his chronic depression and social behavior forced him into regular stays in psychiatric hospitals. Aside from depression, he also suffers from a light form of autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, characterized by an extraordinary capacity for mental calculation and a stupendous memory for names, dates and trivia.

His daily output features complex lists, calendars, diagrams, maps, codes and numbers written in ink on paper table mats stuck together and colored with tea.

George Widener attempts to give the world coherence thanks to a numbers system arranged within his magic squares. In his work, plane crashes, shipwrecks and important events in his personal life intermingle. 

Curated by Rebecca Lamarche Vadel

George Widener 
Palais des Tokyo
18.2.- 17.5.2015

Wednesday 11 February 2015

Karl Hans Janke in the current exhibition "OUTER SPACE. FASZINATION WELTRAUM" at Bundeskunsthalle

The exhibits include artefacts from space travel (spacesuits, objects that flew with astronauts, spiders, instruments etc.) and astronomy (telescopes, celestial maps etc.), documentary material (magazines, photographs, manuscripts, etc.), moon dust and meteorites, films, comics, space design, early photographs of the moon, masterpieces of art history (i.e. William Turner, Peter Paul Rubens), works of Classic Modernism (i.e. Max Ernst, Odilon Redon, Gustave Guillaumet), contemporary art (i.e. Björn Dahlem and Lee Bontecou), and multimedia installations (i.e. Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Via Lewandosky).

Visions, Dreams and Absurdities

The exhibition is not only concerned with plausible explanations of complicated scientific connections and artistic interpretations of scientific topics, but also visionary, humorous, dreamlike, and absurd phenomena. This includes the detailed designs for spaceships and plans for the colonisation of stars that the psychiatric patient Karl Hans Janke developed behind the walls of a mental institution in the GDR as well as the reports of UFO sightings recorded by the Swiss writer Lou Zinsstag.


OUTER SPACE.Faszination Weltraum.

3.Oktober 2014- 22. Febrauar 2015

Tuesday 10 February 2015

Type 42 by Anonymous- Jeffrey Ladd in conversation with Jason Brinkerhoff about this amazing archive.

                          Type 42 by Anonymous

Anyone who has lived in a major city around the world has probably at some point seen what is normally kept private – personal love letters, old financial statements, or decades worth of family photographs - spilling out of garbage bins onto the sidewalk. In New York it is very common to come across the contents of entire apartments thrown out into large dumpsters waiting to be hauled away to a landfill. Among the broken furniture and old mattresses one might be amazed at what can be found, and for ephemera collectors willing to search around in those dumpsters, there can be a virtual and literal ‘goldmine’ of material.
In New York in the Spring of 2012, an artist named Jason Brinkerhoff bought approximately 950 ‘Type 42’ polaroid photographs that were shot of television screens by an unknown person. The images depict mainly actresses, women who starred in 1960s and 70s television shows and movies and all of the polaroids were labeled on the photograph’s margins with the name and sometimes film or TV title. An edit of these unusual and mysterious photographs make up a new book from Walther Koenig called Type 42: Fame is the Name of the Game.
The mystery surrounding the reason for their making is obviously a question that lingers over the entire archive. Cindy Sherman, who penned the introduction, questions whether the photos were taken by a woman or a man. She then proposes the possibility they were made by a woman asking what it is to be a woman, but how would one know? Photographs are mute. Were they an obsessive cataloging of female actors of the time? Were they art? Or research? 
These images, which are mostly out of focus, dark and barely describe their subject, are the antithesis of glamorous. I spoke with Jason Brinkerhoff about this curious archive.

Jeff Ladd: Can you reveal the circumstances of how you found the archive? Was it found off the street or bought by you?
Jason Brinkerhoff: I bought the archive from a photo dealer in NY. I was visiting his loft/studio in the Spring of 2012 when he showed it to me. I immediately felt a strong attraction to the work - based on the subject of my own work - and the way the anonymous material generally feeds into my practice. He had purchased them from another guy who had purchased them from another guy. It was still completely in tact when I saw it. It also wasn't for sale. About 6 months later the photo dealer showed up at an opening I had in NY and asked me if I was still interested.

JL: Aside from its mysterious nature - an archive of photos made off TV screens by an unknown person and for unknown reasons – your work also deals directly with women. Did this discovery benefit your own work in some way?

JB: No, not directly. I have been collecting anonymous photography for over 10 years now. Much of it ends up being source material for the drawings and paintings I make. But this find specifically didn't feed into a body of work or anything like that. Soon after I got the photos in my hands I realized I had something special - that they were beautiful objects made by someone who we could easily classify as an outsider artist.

JL: The photographs had changed hands a few times before your discovery, how did you come to find out that the body of photographs had various previous owners?

JB: Just based on what the photo dealer told me. From what I can tell - at least 3 people before me had it in their possession.

JL: Had you done your own research in trying to track down who was responsible for the photographs?

JB: Yes. I scoured the internet for about a month. And reached out to a bunch of people I know in the found photography space - but came up with nothing. We were never able to trace the archive back to the source.

JL: I realize that guessing what the real context and reason for the archive was maybe a frivolous exercise but certainly upon discovery you may have formulated your own opinions. What did you think the photos were for? Was it art? Research? Just an odd obssession?

JB: Personally, I think it was created out of obsession. The collection is unique in that of the 977 polaroids - there must be at least 800 different actresses documented. I think this guy was building an index of all of he actresses in movies and on television. We've been able to figure out that it was around 1970 when he did this. No VCR. It's amazing when you think about how much television he was watching to get these shots. Almost 45 years later, we can look at it as art. It's really easy to see the connection to Andy Warhol or early Cindy Sherman - that whole era as Pop was transitioning.

 Jeffrey Ladd on his Blog 40x50 Editions about Type 42 (Anonymous) recently shown at Delmes & Zander Berlin

Friday 6 February 2015

Eugene von Bruenchenhein shown at the current Exhibition "Looking Back: The 9th White Columns Annual" at White Columns

Eugene von Bruenchenhein, 1945- 51, Vintage Gelatin Silver Print,Courtesy Galerie Susanne Zander/ Delmes & Zander

"Looking Back: The 9th White Columns Annual"

selected by Brooklyn based curatorial collective CLEOPATRA'S

with Eugene von Bruenchenhein amongst other artist such as Dennis Adams, Etel Adnan, Sam Anderson, Polly Apfelbaum, BFFA3AE, Sarah Charlesworth, Mike Cloud, Anne Doran, Koji Enokura, Peter Fend, Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, Charles Gaines, Guy Goodwin, Sheila Hicks, Gordon Hall, Van Hanos, David Hartt, Stanya Kahn, Annette Kelm, Josh Kline, Justine Kurland, Maria Lassnig, Louise Lawler, Robert Longo, Jeanette Mundt, Sigmar Polke, Mira Schendel, Trevor Shimizu, Greg Parma Smith, Frances Stark, Keiichi Tanaami, Malick Sidibé, Lily van der Stokker, Orlando Tirado – FLEX, Alex Waterman, Carrie Mae Weems

Eugene von Bruenchenhein, 1945- 51, Vintage Gelatin Silver Print,Courtesy Galerie Susanne Zander/ Delmes & Zande


Ends February 21, 2015

White Columns
320 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10014

Tuesday 3 February 2015

John K. in WILCO Magazine

John K. 1959 – 1976, original vintage print. Courtesy Galerie Susanne Zander / Delmes & Zander, Cologne + Berlin

Desnudos en los años 50 de la mano de John K.

La mujer, de espaldas, desnuda. Así es el perfil de los protagonistas de las fotografías del artista conocido como John K. Por primera vez , la galerié Susanne Zander / Delmes & Zander, en su sede de Colonia, y a partir del 20 de marzo, en la de Berlín, está mostrando una exclusiva selección de fotografías vintage de una colección realizada entre 1959 y 1976. Son imágenes con fondos de color de algodón, donde el artista sienta a las mujeres sobre cosas tan distantes entre sí como una hogaza de pan, una calabaza o una sandía en una estética sublime que trae a la mente la intimidad de la trastienda en una sesión de fotos realizados en estudios caseros improvisados.
Los subtítulos y pequeños detalles en las fotografías confirman que John K. utiliza las fotos de sus modelos para sus pinturas, a la vez que son fuente de inspiración para sus películas, que son también parte de esta obra.

John K. 1959 – 1976, original vintage print. Courtesy Galerie Susanne Zander / Delmes & Zander, Cologne + Berlin

John K. featured in WILCO Magazine,
currently shown at Galerie Susanne Zander Cologne

"Sitting. Works from the Eric Kroll collection"
28.11.2014 - 13.02.2015