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Reality Bites: Making Avant-Garde Art in Post-Wall Germany

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Nach Mauerfall und Wiedervereinigung ist ein neues Deutschland entstanden. Reality Bites untersucht, inwiefern diese historischen Ereignisse in die zeitgenössische deutsche Kunstproduktion ausstrahlen.
Dazu versammelt der Band eine repräsentative Auswahl von rund 70 Kunstwerken, die nach Herbst 1989 entstanden sind. Reality Bites behauptet, dass diese Positionen einen neuen Avantgarde-Charakter besitzen, der daraus resultiert, dass die Strategien und Materialien auf die eine oder andere Art der jüngsten deutschen Wirklichkeit entlehnt und geschuldet sind. Und zwar nicht in der Lesart eines direkten Kommentars, sondern vor allem in der spezifischen ästhetischen Auseinandersetzung mit der aktuellen Erfahrungswirklichkeit. Es kann kein Zufall sein, dass die Entstehung dieser Arbeiten mit der im Zuge der Wiedervereinigung gewachsenen Bedeutung der Topoi von Realität und Geschichte zusammenfällt.


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The Berlin Wall fell almost 20 years ago, and since then a generation of artists has come of age in reunified Germany. Reality Bites investigates the effect of that historical context, identifying the new kinds of work that have grown out of it, full of strategies and materials borrowed from and referring back to one kind of recent German reality or another, aesthetic exploration of experience in which the themes of reality and history take on increased meaning. This representative selection of about 70 pieces created since 1989 includes work from Franz Ackermann, Kutlug Ataman, Sophie Calle, Tacita Dean, Thomas Demand, Sabine Hornig, Christian Jankowski, Andre Korpys, Markus Loffler, Via Lewandowsky, rude_architecture, Gregor Schneider, Collier Schorr, Wolfgang Tillmans. Among those less known to U.S. audiences are Cosima von Bonin, born in Kenya, who plays curator, critic, DJ and producer in the course of her sometimes risque work; Rudolf Herz, whose Lenin on tour put busts of the great leader on the back of a flatbed and took them on the road; and Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock, whose Places of Remembrance, in Berlin's Bavarian Quarter and Bus Stop, Holocaust Memorial project build the city's history into its streetscape.

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Edited by Sabine Eckmann. Text by Diedrich Diederichsen, Sabine Eckmann, Beate Kemfert, Gertrud Koch, Lutz Koepnick, Iain Whyte.

Product Details

ISBN:
9783775719063
Subtitle:
Making Avant-Garde Art in Post-Wall Germany/Kunstnach Dem Mauerfall
Author:
Eckmann, Sabine
Illustrator:
Calle, Sophie
Illustrator:
Ackermann, Franz
Essay:
Diederichsen, Diedrich
Essay:
Kemfert, Beate
Publisher:
Hatje Cantz Publishers
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
May 2007
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
11.79x9.39x1.05 in. 4.08 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The Berlin Wall fell almost 20 years ago, and since then a generation of artists has come of age in reunified Germany. Reality Bites investigates the effect of that historical context, identifying the new kinds of work that have grown out of it, full of strategies and materials borrowed from and referring back to one kind of recent German reality or another, aesthetic exploration of experience in which the themes of reality and history take on increased meaning. This representative selection of about 70 pieces created since 1989 includes work from Franz Ackermann, Kutlug Ataman, Sophie Calle, Tacita Dean, Thomas Demand, Sabine Hornig, Christian Jankowski, Andre Korpys, Markus Loffler, Via Lewandowsky, rude_architecture, Gregor Schneider, Collier Schorr, Wolfgang Tillmans. Among those less known to U.S. audiences are Cosima von Bonin, born in Kenya, who plays curator, critic, DJ and producer in the course of her sometimes risque work; Rudolf Herz, whose Lenin on tour put busts of the great leader on the back of a flatbed and took them on the road; and Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock, whose Places of Remembrance, in Berlin's Bavarian Quarter and Bus Stop, Holocaust Memorial project build the city's history into its streetscape.
"Synopsis" by , Edited by Sabine Eckmann. Text by Diedrich Diederichsen, Sabine Eckmann, Beate Kemfert, Gertrud Koch, Lutz Koepnick, Iain Whyte.
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