Christine Y. Kim
Shamim M. Momim
Ute Meta Bauer
Curator's Choice New York/Berlin. The exhibition is a selection from four curators from New York and four curators from Berlin. The gallery has invited each internationally recognized curator to each suggest one artist or artist-team. The project itself was formulated without restrictions so that the chosen artists would embody the curator's interests. By providing the curators with a venue to showcase and promote their artists, mullerdechiara would like to examine the curator's role in the presentation and reception of contemporary art.
Curator's Choice New York/Berlin
The exhibition is a selection from four curators from New York and four curators from Berlin. The gallery has invited each internationally recognized curator to each suggest one artist or artist-team. The project itself was formulated without restrictions so that the chosen artists would embody the curator's interests. By providing the curators with a venue to showcase and promote their artists, mÃ¼llerdechiara would like to examine the curator's role in the presentation and reception of contemporary art. The exhibition demonstrates a variety of curatorial perspectives while simultaneously revealing new trends and young artists from the art scenes of both cities. The artists chosen are all at different stages in their career, and work with vastly different mediums and concepts.
New York based curator, Sarah Gavlak of Gavlak Projects, has chosen to show painter Joe Zucker whose career Â while having reached a high-point in the '980s Â is currently experiencing a revitalization with two solo exhibitions at Paul Kasmin and Gavin Brown in New York.
Curator for The Studio Museum Harlem in New York, Christine Y. Kim, has chosen artist Nadine Robinson who will be exhibiting a new version of an installation of her very well-received piece, Tower Hollers, which was included in the MOMA Queens opening in New York. Robinson's mixed media installations use various audio sources to create intersections between Black music culture and White visual culture.
Anne Ellegood, curator of the Peter Norton Collection, NY, has chosen artist Julianne Swartz, whose work will also be included in the upcoming Whitney Biennial. Swartz's work plays with perception, where she uses materials such as tubing, lenses and mirrors to alter and distort the visual experience of the viewer.
Shamim M. Momin, director of the Whitney Museum at Altria and co-curator of the 2004 Whitney Biennial, has chosen the young french artist, Jules de Balincourt. He will exhibit a series of recent paintings in salon-style installation. His contemporary folk art approach plays with themes of cultural and political critique.
Berlin Biennial curator, Ute Meta Bauer, has chosen artist Regina MÃ¶ller who will also be in the 3rd Berlin Biennial. MÃ¶ller's sculptural installation 'Katzenbaum' incorporates both popular design theory and feminist cultural critique.
Anselm Franke, curator at the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, has chosen two artists, Matthew Buckingham and Harun Farocki, who are primarily known for their work with film. As an American living in Berlin with a DAAD-grant, Buckingham's audio-visual installation questions the growing hegemony of English as an 'international' language. Farocki is showing a video, in which political aggitation, documentation, and film essay meld together into a unique film-language.
Writer and publisher, Raimar Stange has chosen two artists, Ã˜ystein Aasan and Eva-Maria Wilde. Their collaborative effort is grounded in a common interest in architecture and its implications as a container of possible meanings.
Wolf-GÃ¼nter Thiel, cultural engineer, has chosen Berlin-based Japanese artist Gup-py (Yoko Hata). Gup-py's video works create fantastical worlds that play with the Japanese aesthetic.
The resulting 4 und 4 team is a astonishingly heterogeneous group whose combined efforts provide for a very interesting group show that reinforces and builds upon the New York-Berlin network and offers an overview of the dynamic exchange between these two metropolises. By sparking active exchange and dialogue between the art communities of Berlin and New York, the group exhibition 4 und 4 is appropriately congruous with the gallery's program.
Opening: on February 14th, 2004 at 6:00 pm
Panel Discussion: "New Dimensions in Contemporary Art Curatorship Â New York and Berlin"
A panel discussion with some of the curators of the show will be held in conjunction with the exhibition on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 3.00pm
The talk will be held at the Internationales Design Zentrum Berlin, Oberbaumcity/Rotherstr. 16. The role of the curator in the presentation and reception of contemporary art has become increasingly significant. A curator's name itself represents a distinctive methodology and a particular understanding of art, and recently even more so than the names of institutions or organizations. A number of the curators from the exhibition 4 und 4 will take part in this panel discussion around their own understanding of his/her role in the perception of contemporary art.
The discussion will be moderated by Berlin based, British art critic and curator, Mark Gisbourne.
The exhibition and surrounding events will take place in cooperation with the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, and with the context of the American Season 2004, a program organized by the Berliner Festspiele. We would like to thank the American Embassy for their generous support.
For further information, or if you have any questions, please contact Laurie De Chiara or Sonke Magnus Muller at the gallery.
mÃ¼llerdechiara was selected by New York based curator Sandra Antelo-Suarez (Editor, Trans>) for the young gallery section: Up & Coming: The Americas. We will show new works of Klaus Lutz, Warren Neidich and Mark Dean Veca. We would like to welcome you at our booth Nr. 9 UC 27 from feb. 11-17th 2004.
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