April 29, 2009 - db artmag - db artmag Issue 54 Online Now
April 29, 2009

db artmag Issue 54 Online Now

Robert Bechtle
Foster’s Freeze, Escalon, 1975
Collection of the Tucson Museum of Art
Courtesy Paule Anglim Gallery, San Francisco
© Robert Bechtle

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GET REAL! issue 54


db artmag, Deutsche Bank’s online art magazine, has reported on the international art scene since 2002. In addition to articles on and interviews with artists whose work is included in the Deutsche Bank Collection and shown at Deutsche Guggenheim exhibitions, each edition is devoted to a special topical subject.

On the occasion of the exhibition Picturing America – Photorealism in the 1970s, db artmag is focusing in GET REAL! on contemporary artists who bridge the gap between purely formal realism and a critical view of social realities.

Mark Gisbourne takes an excursion into the 1970s, when a group of young artists caused a sensation with cool, hyperrealist paintings. Discussed controversially by art critics, many photorealist works were shown at Harald Szeemann’s documenta 5.

Audrey Flack is the only woman among the photorealists. Due to her emotional and allegorical style, Flack’s brightly colored still lifes are diametrically opposed to the creations of her male counterparts. Achim Drucks talked with the artist about her work.

Boris Mikhailov has shown the world in an unadulterated fashion this since the 1960s. Brigitte Werneburg met the Ukrainian photographer for an interview and discovered that it’s possible to come very close to reality with mise-en-scène.

In urban spaces, Zoe Leonard searches for signs reflecting social and political conditions. In her photographic works she engages with current societal issues: gender roles, globalization, our relationship to nature and history. Dominikus Müller on the American artist to whom the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich just devoted a major retrospective.

In his series on the current Villa Romana fellows, Kito Nedo presents Benjamin Yavuzsoy. With his video performances, the artist (who was born in Bremen in 1980) subtly questions socially determined behavioral patterns.

Postcards from Indonesia: India and China have moved to the forefront—not only as centers of finance, but also as new hot spots of the global art establishment. Yet while Indonesia is also an ambitious location for trade, comparatively little is heard of the local contemporary art scene. This might soon change, however. A look at the latest acquisitions to the Deutsche Bank Collection reveals that the Indonesian scene has much to offer.

Also at db-artmag.com: news, reviews and regular updates.

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