Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Barbara Kruger, Gerhard Richter and me...

When I was in Cologne last November I visited the Museum Ludwig. As always a pleasure, and this time to see the completely fresh presentation of their collection under the eye of new Director Philipp Kaiser. The show, Not Yet Titled: New and Forever at Museum Ludwig, stressed process, shedding new light on familiar works.

There was also a show of Louise Lawler's work, Adjusted, which finished this last weekend. Louise Lawler's pho­­to­­graphs of works of art in mu­se­ums, pri­­vate col­lec­­tions, at auc­­tions, or in stor­age em­pha­­size the as­pects that we usu­al­­ly fail to no­tice. They show just how much the mean­ing of art is shaped by its con­­text, sur­round­in­gs, and ar­range­­men­t and that there is no im­­par­­tial way to pre­sent art.

In the museum's large project space was an installation by Barbara Kruger, a series of untitled serigraphs made in 1994 / 1995. My photographer friend Linn Seeger made some pictures me in the installation and of course we couldn't pass up the chance of getting up close to Gerhard Richter's 1966 work Ema.

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