Don’t Miss – London: Franz Ackermann “Wait” at White Cube, Mason’s Yard through April 1, 2010

March 28th, 2010

Installation View via

Currently on view at White Cube Gallery, 25-26 Mason’s Yard, is the exhibition of new works by a renowned German artist Franz Ackermann, titled Wait. It is Ackermann’s third exhibition at the White Cube, this time including not only his signature large-format canvasses on display on the lower level, but also an newer installation occupying the ground floor of the gallery.

The installation, which consists of artwork produced in the variety of media, centers around the painting titled ‘Citizen,” depicting a disproportional goggled face of a military pilot.   Among other components of the installation is a spinning wall-mounted painting, with seven deadly sins written on its frame, a video and chunks of raw wood randomly placed on the floor of the gallery.

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Franz Ackermann

The Citizen by Franz Ackermann, 2010, the centerpiece of the exhibition at White Cube via

Former Seven Sins by Franz Ackermann 2010 via

At the center of the lower level of the gallery, the artist installed a large three-dimensional structure, composed of found objects, wooden bars and cubes. The surface of the structure is covered with large-scale photographs to resemble a billboard.  On top of the structure, a small tondo rotates resembling a logo or a sign. Also, the exhibition at the lower level of the gallery features Living I and Living II, two large-format oil paintings produced in 2010.

Living II by Franz Ackermann 2010. In addition to the artist’s signature geometrical and organic forms, this new painting features distant views of remote houses and beaches, perhaps suggesting that the survival of life’s simple pleasures among the triumph of globalization is indeed possible.

Through the Woods by Franz Ackermann, 2010 via

The exhibition at White Cube is said to be exploring Franz Ackermann’s favorite subject-matters of physical and spiritual traveling, the meaning of borders and the impact of globalization. The show is on view until April, 1.

Freedom II by Franz Ackermann 2010 via

Born in 1963 in Neumakrt, Germany, Franz Ackermann rose to prominence with his bright large-format oil paintings and gouaches documenting the artist’s international travelings and his ruminations on the impact of globalization, climate change and the importance of preservation of basic human rights.

Never Get off the Boat
by Franz Ackermann 2010 via

Works by Franz Ackermann have been included in group exhibitions in Europe and the United States since 1997, including  Time Out, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, and Heaven, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York (1997);  Atlas Mapping, Kunsthaus Bregenz (1998); and Frieze, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts,  Dream City, Kunstverein München, Munich, and  go away: artists and travel, Royal College of Art, London (1999). Since his first solo show in 1989, Ackermann’s work has been presented in exhibitions at Neugerriemschneider, Berlin (1994, 1996, 1998), Gavin Brownn’s enterprise, New York (1995, 1997), and at major venues in Germany, including Portikus Frankfurt am Main and Städtische Galerie Nordhorn (1997), Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen (1998), and Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel (1999). The artist works and lives in Berlin, Germany.

Relevant Links:

Franz Ackermann’s page at Gavin Brown Gallery [Gavin Brown]
Artist of the week 77: Franz Ackermann [Guardian]
Franz Ackermann, a Cubist for our Time [Guardian]
New Work by Franz Ackermann Transforms White Cube’s Ground-Floor [Art Chix Magazine]