Saturday 19 March 2016

Claire Voon from hyperallergic on our booth at Independent NY

Obsession, untitled, ca. 1870, paper collage, 29 x 24 cm. Courtesy of Delmes & Zander.

"In a New Location, the Independent Art Fair Feels Like Home"

"It’s a typical view of suburban life that seems strangely off, drawing you in to survey the scene. I was reminded of this weird domestic dynamic just a few booths away, at Delmes & Zander, albeit in an extremely different work. Perhaps the oldest pieces at the fair, the series consists of three photographs from the 1870s. Proving just how bizarre some Victorians were, the black-and-white pictures show what seems to be a husband wielding a knife, while his wife appears calmly decapitated in various frames. It’s a great example of trick photography that stands out at the fair for its age, made long before we were able to manipulate reality with the fast and simple clicks of a mouse."

you can read the full article here.

Friday 18 March 2016


Helen Stoilas from THE ART NEWSPAPER picks DELMES & ZANDER at the Independent

Michail Paule, untitle, 1930-37, mixed media on paper, 35.1 x 26.7 cm. Courtesy of Delmes & Zander.

"One/other is a display of self-portraits, many by anonymous artists , that makes visible their creator’s inner demons and secret fantasies. ...The works cover more than a century of obsessive artistic production, from a series of violent early photo-collages from the 1870s, in which the unknown photographer envisions himself as a sabre-welding executioner, to erotic pencil drawings from the 1990s by a man named William Crawford made on prison letterhead."

Thursday 17 March 2016

our current show in Cologe: Acchrochage

Delmes & Zander I Cologne is currently showing ACCROCHAGE
until March 29, 2016

August Walla, ohne Titel, undatiert, Mischtechnik auf Papier, 21 x 30 cm. Courtesy of Delmes & Zander.

featuring works by Horst Ademeit, Adelhyd van Bender, J.B. Murray, Heinrich Reisenbauer, Bruna Schleinstein, August Walla, Anna Zemánková and more.

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Horst Ademeit, Adelhyd van Bender, J.B. Murray,
Heinrich Reisenbauer, Bruna Schleinstein, 
August Walla, Anna Zemánková and more.
February 27 -  March 29,  2016
Antwerpener Str. 1, D - 50672 Cologne

Saturday 12 March 2016

8 Artworks You Should Buy at New York's Armory Arts Week

James Tarmy tells you in BLOOMBERG which
"8 Artworks You Should Buy at New York's Armory Arts Week".

Anonymous, Obsession (ca. 1870). Collage, photography, mixed media.
Courtesy of Delmes & Zander.

"A line of several hundred shivering, elaborately dressed art enthusiasts stretched down the block outside the Independent art fair last night in SoHo, as the final phase of New York’s art fair week opened with a bang and more than a few outraged collectors. “But I’m VIP!” wailed one woman in a geographically untraceable accent as she was turned away at the door.
That collector, along with scores of other art lovers, can take heart: There are so many fairs (at least eight) and so many thousands of works of art on view that it was almost impossible to see, let alone appreciate, everything on offer. And that’s why we’ve collected 10 works that, for various reasons (an under-the-radar artist, an emerging trend throughout the fairs, a surprisingly reasonable price, or, in more than a few instances, an artwork that is simply compelling) were worth checking out. (...)

Outsider Art, which generally refers to artworks by people who didn’t (usually) intend for their artworks to be sold, popped up in multiple booths at multiple fairs this week. Several booths included works by the famous outsider artist Bill Traylor, but some hidden gems were also for sale, including this hand-painted collage from the 1870s, “Obsession,” which is double-sided and sells in the range of 14,000 to 18,000 euros. Delmes & Zander Gallery

Another outsider artist is the self-taught Von Bruenchenhein (1910-1983), who lived in Milwaukee and worked in total obscurity until after his death, when his art was “discovered” by a friend of the family who arranged for the Kohler Arts Center to acquire a huge body of his work. Many pieces remain on the market, but every one of his works at the Independent were bought at the preview. (...)"

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New Show at Delmes & Zander I Berlin: Eugene von Bruenchenhein

Eugene von Bruenchenhein
Marie! Marie! I long for you

March 11 – April 23, 2016
Opening: Friday, 11.3., 6–9 pm

Eugene von Bruenchenhein, untitled, undated (1940s-50s)
Gelatin silver print, 25.4 x 17.8 cm. Courtesy of Delmes & Zander.

Delmes & Zander I Berlin will show the photographs of “Marie” by visionary artist Eugene von Bruenchenhein shot in the 1940s and 1950s.

An artist with unpaired creative output, von Bruenchenhein (born 1910) produced an expansive universe of multiple mediums spanning from poetry, photography, ceramics, sculpture, painting and ballpoint drawing for over a 50-year period, between the late 1930s until his death in 1983. He lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and worked as a baker during most of his life, but cultivated a passion for botany and history, and wrote extensively on his own metaphysical theories of biological and cosmological origins and the primal genesis of a genetically encoded collective knowledge.

Most remarkable perhaps are von Bruenchenhein's countless photographs of his lifelong obsession „Marie” (her real name was Eveline Kalke), his wife and muse he had met in 1939 at a state fair in Wisconsin and who he believed descendent from blue blooded royalty. Shot before patterned backdrops (often curtains or bedsheets with leaf and floral motifs) with exotic costumes, strings of beads and even ornaments for Christmas trees, von Bruenchenhein turned Marie into the object of his desires in intimate vignettes: a tropical princess, a topless ingénue, a Madonna or a tinseltown vamp staged in a luscious mise en scène at their domestic Midwestern home, where he developed the photographs in a makeshift darkroom. His work was known mainly to family and closed friends during von Bruenchenhein's lifetime, but was only publicly recognized after his death.

In recent years, Eugene von Bruenchenheins work has been shown at the New Museum (2008), the American Folk Art Museum (2010-11), the Hayward Gallery London (2013) and the international group show at the 2013 Venice Biennale.
It is represented in outstanding museum collections including the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum, American Folk Art Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

This exhibition was organized in collaboration with Andrey Edlin Gallery, New York.

Friday 4 March 2016

Delmes & Zander at Independent New York

Delmes & Zander at
Independent New York
Spring Studios, 50 Varick Street

We look forward to your visit!