June 11, 2006 - TEXTE ZUR KUNST - Issue No. 62, KUNSTGESCHICHTE – The means of Art History
June 11, 2006

Issue No. 62, KUNSTGESCHICHTE – The means of Art History

Issue No. 62, KUNSTGESCHICHTE – The means of Art History




MODELS OF TRANSLATION / On States of Art History

UNINTENTIONAL ART HISTORY / Peter Geimer in conversation with Texte zur Kunst

NEW ADVENTURES IN IDOLATRY / Art history and criticism in interesting times

BY ALL MEANS / Art History and the Organization of Science

WHEN PROCEDURES BECOME MARKET TOOLS / A conversation with Johanna Burton by Isabelle Graw

SPACES FOR THINKING / Perspectives on the Art Academy

COMMEMORATION AND / OR CRITIQUE? / Catherine de Zegher and The Drawing Center



PIERRE HUYGHE, born 1962, lives and works in Paris. He studied at École superieur des arts décoratifs in Paris and by now surely is one of the best known French artists. Lately his oeuvre was honored by a solo exhibition at Musée dArt moderne de la ville de Paris. Over the last years Huyghe has been presenting his work in a great number of international exhibitions and in renowned museums, such as the 2001 Venice Biennial, representing France, the documenta 11 in 2002 and the Guggenheim Museum New York in 2003. Soon his complex installations, films, photographs and forays in the aesthetics of computer games, in which he analyses the cultural conditions of perception and processes of cognition will be shown in a major show at the Tate Modern in London. Pierre Huyghe is presented by the following galleries: Marian Goodman, New York, Roger Pailhas, Marseille and Esther Schipper, Berlin.

For Texte zur Kunst Pierre Huyghe has developed a conceptual piece aiming at the future engagement of its owner: The edition is entitled Celebration Ghost, 2006 and consists of a elaborately designed package of white pumpkin seeds, directly imported from the US. The package measures 9 x 12 cm and is accompagnied by a numbered and stamped certificate. The work is available in an edition of 100 20 APs and costs 245,- EUR plus shipping.

Pierre Huyghe : Ghost celebration

This is a modified organism. It has been altered to embody two signs: Jack-O-Lantern, the symbol of a celebration, and Casper the Friendly Ghost, a cartoon character.

The Jack-O-Lantern is the sign of Halloween, which grew from a pagan ritual celebrating the summers end and the beginning of a new year. There were no established calendars at this time, only the changing of the seasons. Time was abolished for one day and it was believed that the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred.
Casper is a cartoon character; a ghost living in an endless in-between, who keeps forgetting that he is dead.

The seed has to be buried, time will pass, and a hybrid likeness will grow; a morphing between two images. Carve it, celebrate and take a photo with your monster, only then will the edition be complete.

AMELIE VON WULFFEN, born 1966, studied at the Kunstakademie Munich and lives in Berlin. Her collages, drawings and photographs adress memories, historical moments and psychic states in a combination of figurative and abstract elements. Von Wulffen has to be regarded as one of the leading artists of her generation in Germany. Her work has been shown at Kunstverein Braunschweig in 2001, the 2004 berlin biennale and in a solo show at the Centre Pompidou Paris in 2005, as well as at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel in 2005 and in a major exhibition at Kunstverein Düsseldorf in 2006. She is presented by Galerie Crone Osarek, Berlin and Greene Naftali, New York.

For Texte zur Kunst Amelie von Wulffen made a photograph of a perl necklace in mulitple exposur: Ohne Titel, 2006 is a hand-colored silvergelatine print on baryt paper (produced at Fotostudio Ole Petscheleit, Berlin). The Edition ist signed and numbered and measures 40 x 50 cm. The work is available in an edition of 100 20 APs and costs 245, Euro plus shipping.

The New York based artist WADE GUYTON, born 1972, is internationally known as one of the key figures of a new generation of young American artists, often deemed neoformalists. In Europe his first solo show at Hamburger Kunstverein in 2005 gained a great deal of attention and critical acclaim. Guyton presented paintings and drawings (ink jet prints on linen) using a constructivistic repertoire of geometric forms. Before this, he had already shown his work at Art Basel/Statements, the 2004 Whitney Biennial and at Artists Space, New York in 2003. Wade Guyton is represented by Galerie Francesca Pia, Bern and Greene Naftali, New York.

For Texte zur Kunst Wade Guyton designed a photograph with the title The Tomato Lovers, 2006. The Young Edition ist signed und numbered and measures 30,5 x 42 cm. The work is available in an ediiton of 100 20 aps and costs 245,- EUR plus shipping.

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