Kerry James Marshall, Anne Hardy, Anja Kirschner & David Panos

Kerry James Marshall, Anne Hardy, Anja Kirschner & David Panos


Kerry James Marshall, If They Come, 2012. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

August 29, 2012

Kerry James Marshall
Who’s Afraid of Red, Black and Green

Anne Hardy

Anja Kirschner & David Panos
Ultimate Substance

September 21–November 25, 2012

Opening: Thursday, September 20, 7pm
Friends of Secession event: Thursday, November 22, 7pm
Artists talk with Kerry James Marshall and Christian Kravagna

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Kerry James Marshall
Who’s Afraid Of Red, Black and Green
In his figurative paintings, Kerry James Marshall focuses on the social and cultural experience of African Americans. At the Secession, he is showing a new series of works whose title points to two key references: the flag of the Universal Negro Improvement Association, founded in 1920, and Barnett Newman’s famous painting Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue. In his pictures, Marshall combines his painterly interest in the formal properties of flatness with the stylistic elements of a “black aesthetics” in order to define changing notions of integration, history, self-realization and liberty in a self-conscious and self-reflexive manner.

Kerry James Marshall, born 1955 in Birmingham, Alabama, lives and works in Chicago (USA).

Anne Hardy 
Anne Hardy’s large-format photographs are polyvalent images of artificial spaces created for the sole purpose of their photographic documentation. In painstaking work that often takes months, the artist builds highly detailed life-sized “stage sets” in her studio using found objects, things bought in second-hand stores, leftovers, and refuse scavenged from the street. Hardy then takes a single picture of each set in order to define its depiction, exercising tight control in particular over our perspective on these fictional spaces. Serving as documents of now absent places, the images show situations that are often confusing, filled with traces of human presence and mysterious activities; disturbingly, however, the fictional protagonists are forever absent. In her first exhibition in Austria, Anne Hardy is showing a selection of her work from the past five years.

Anne Hardy, who was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire (UK), in 1970, lives and works in London (UK).

Anja Kirschner & David Panos
Ultimate Substance
With their video installation Ultimate Substance, Anja Kirschner and David Panos take a new approach to their long-standing interest in critical portrayals of history and the tensions between empirical research and artistic form. Alluding associatively to archaeology, philosophy, mathematics and ritual, Ultimate Substance addresses the divide between physical and mental activity that accompanied the establishment of a money economy in ancient Greece, and which remains an unresolved challenge to this day.

Anja Kirschner (born 1977 in Munich, DE) and David Panos (born 1971 in Athens, GR) live and work in London (GB) and Athens (GR).

Wiener Secession
Association of Visual Artists
Guided Tours: Saturdays at 3pm and Sundays at 11am and by appointment.
Permanent Presentation: Gustav Klimt Beethoven Frieze with the Plattform by Gerwald Rockenschaub until January 2013.

Press conference: Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 10 am
Interviews with the artists are possible from Monday, September 17, 2012
For interview requests and any other questions please contact: tamara.schwarzmayr [​at​]



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