Friday 6 April 2018

Delmes & Zander at ART COLOGNE 2018

Miroslav Tich, Courtesy of Delmes & Zander
Miroslav Tichý, Type 42 (Anonymous),
Vanessa Conte, Scrapbooks
ART COLOGNE April 19–22, 2018
Hall 11.3 / Booth A 22

The iconic photographs of Miroslav Tichý (1926-2011), taken mostly in secrecy, are both an encyclopedic collection of his coveted objects of desire and a long-term study on femininity. Tichý has been shown by the gallery since the early 1990s and is featured in numerous international museum collections. He is regarded as one of the most important photographic artists of our time.
Type 42 (Anonymous) is similarly a study on the representation of female identity: the photographs taken from the television screen are essentially a hand-picked inventory of female film stars from the 60s and 70s. The meticulously catalogued polaroids, each one featuring the name of the actress portrayed, capture all facets of female emotion and thus constitute „an exhaustive study of what it is to be a woman“ (Cindy Sherman). Currently, the artist’s works are on view in the show Outliers and American Vanguard Art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, curated by Lynne Cooke. In 2014, a book was published in collaboration with Walther König publishing with an essay by Cindy Sherman. The technique of scrapbooking, a method of collecting and arranging image and text clippings from newspapers and magazines, originated in England in the 19th century as a popular pastime. The individually arranged scrapbooks of 1940s-50s celebrities in the exhibition can be viewed as collages of personal longing and desire. 

The bodies depicted in the works of Vanessa Conte (*1977) often push the female form to its physical limits. The works are humourous and prompt a narrative that feels both surreal and ambiguous. As we watch in awe and fascination trying to make sense of what we see, it becomes evident that there is no clear notion of right and wrong. Conte's work has been shown at JB Jurve, Los Angeles; Hester Gallery, New York; Various Small Fires, Los Angeles; Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York; Night Gallery, Los Angeles, Ginerva Gambino, Cologne and others. Upcoming exhibition at: Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles.

The exhibition "That's right my love, relax" is a collaboration with Rob Tufnell (Cologne) and Ginerva Gambino (Cologne).

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