Almine Rech Gallery, one of Paris’s foremost galleries, opened its first New York location more than a year ago on the Upper East Side, bringing with it a unique program that mixes a strong artist roster with a consistently adventurous curatorial project. For its most recent venture, the gallery has brought together key figures from the canon of 20th century Western art for Words Without Thoughts Never to Heaven Go. Adapting its title from a line in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the exhibition investigates ways artists use text as an allegorical element. Serving as a chronological and thematic starting point to the exhibition is Être ou ne pas être, Picasso’s 1912 painting considered as one of the foremost examples of appropriation of text in modern painting. Declaring “to be or not be” in French with gouache on paper, Picasso not only pays homage to one of the most emblematic texts ever written, but he also questions the mimetic essence of a painting. Can a painting of words serve to depict an image?
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Max Hetzler, Berlin
Düsseldorf Academy, Germany
Struth, a German artist, is one of Germany’s best-known contemporary photographers. Before photography, he studied painting under Peter Kleeman and Gerhard Richter. In 1978, he received a scholarship to work at New York’s P.S. 1.
His early work consist primarily of large-scale black and white street shots of cityscapes, including Japanese, American and European cities. His first solo show was at Chicago’s Renaissance Society in 1990. More recently, his work features highly-detailed and large-scale photographs which provide a “dizzying amount of information about the empty and populated street scenes, flowers, families, jungles, and visitors at the museums of churches he depicts.”
He has exhibited works at a number of prominent museums and galleries including Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Guggenheim.
He was awarded the Spectrum Photography Prize in 1997.
Grosenic, Uta. Art Now: Vol 2. Los Angeles: Taschen, 2006.
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