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First-class selection of modern, post-war and contemporary art at Art Cologne
Visitors stand next to a work by Spanish artist Enrique Marty at the stand of the Deweer Gallery during a preview at the Art Cologne art fair on April 18, 2013 in Cologne, western Germany. The fair for 20th and 21st century fine art is running from April 19 to 22, 2013. AFP PHOTO / OLIVER BERG.

COLOGNE.- ART COLOGNE (19th - 22nd April) will once again deliver a reflection of the vibrant international art scene. More than 200 exhibitors from 25 countries bring together modern, post-war and contemporary works to Cologne. Established top galleries meet cutting edge galleries and offer a broad selection of art, including painting, sculpture, photography, installation, video and performance.

In the modern segment featuring top-class names, visitors can find a canvas by Lyonel Feiniger at the stand of Galerie Thomas (Munich). Galerie Schwarzer (Düsseldorf) will bring along several masterpieces by Alexej von Jawlensky. German Expressionism specialists Henze & Ketterer (Bern) boast representative top works by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, including "Straßenbild vor dem Friseurladen" (Street Scene with Hairdresser Salon) from the year 1926. Moeller Fine Art (New York / Berlin) and Oriol Galeria d´Art (Barcelona) are further notable exhibitors displaying works from the modern period. The highlight at the stand of Galerie Ludorff (Düsseldorf), alongside works by Willi Baumeister and Emil Schumacher, is the oil painting "Black Sweater" by Alex Katz.

Galerie Fahnemann (Berlin) assembles major names in post-war art at its stand, with Imi Knoebl, Raimund Girke and Hans Hartung. American artist James Turrel dedicates all of his creations to the diverse manifestations of natural and artificial light, like fellow countryman Keith Sonnier; their works can be seen at the Häusler Contemporary (Munich) stand. To mark the artist's 85th birthday, Galerie Koch (Hanover) hosts a solo presentation of Zero artist Otto Piene featuring 20 works from the years 1957 to 1966. Axel Vervoordt (Antwerp) focuses on Gutai and Zero artists, including Heinz Mack and Günther Uecker, and their successors, such as Kazuo Shiraga from Japan, who painted with his hands and feet. Jaski (Amsterdam) is showing works from Danish COBRA artist Asger Jorn.

Contemporary art is also represented by top international galleries, such as Annely Juda (London) and Thaddaeus Ropac (Paris/Salzburg), who is showcasing new sculptures from Georg Baselitz, works by eccentric artist duo Gilbert & George and by Antony Gormley for his trade fair appearance. Returning this year is Helga de Alvear (Madrid). The Grande Dame of the Spanish art scene offers a platform for Angela de la Cruz and the often provocative Spanish concept artist Santiago Sierra. John Chamberlain and Jean Michel Othoniel are the stars at the Karsten Greve (Cologne/St. Moritz) stand. Major Swiss gallery Hauser & Wirth (Zurich /London/New York) puts the focus on Belgian artist Philippe Vandenberg. In addition to, a film by German artist Christoph Schlingensief will also be shown. With works from artists Baselitz, Lüpertz, Immendorff, Penck and Polke, the stand of Michael Werner (Cologne/London/New York) features a defining moment in German art history. David Zwirner (New York), son of legendary gallery owner Rudolf Zwirner, who helped to establish Cologne as an art market and nowadays runs galleries in New York and London as well, is devoting his Cologne appearance to notable artists like Neo Rauch, Luc Tuymans and Thomas Ruff. Daniel Buchholz (Cologne/Berlin) has represented artist Isa Genzken for 25 years; other illustrious names in his programme are Wolfgang Tillmanns, Mark Leckey and recent sensation Danh Vo.

New canvases by painting star David Schnell will draw visitors to the stand of Galerie Eigen + Art (Berlin/Leipzig), in addition to large-sized paintings by Tim Eitel, Jörg Herold and others, which contrast with the subtle, reserved pigment prints on handmade paper by Carsten Nicolai. Visitors can enjoy a fascinating insight into contemporary Turkish art at the stand of Dirimart Gallery (Istanbul). One head-turner at the stand of Bernd Klüser (Munich) will be the installation "Light Dream" by Bernardi Roig; Christine König Galerie (Vienna) is showing a series of charcoal drawings by Algerian-French artist Adel Abdessemed, who became well known for his sensational video installations. Galerie Konzett (Vienna) is focusing on Austrian artists, such as Otto Muehl and Franz West; Galerie Krinzinger (Vienna) will present new works by Marina Abramovic and Jonathan Meese, as well as, together with gallery Guido W. Baudach (Berlin), works by Erik van Lieshout. The highlight at the stand of Galerie Lahumière (Paris) is a space-consuming installation by Daniel Buren from the series "Les cabanes éclatées". Galleria Giò Marconi (Milan) is concentrating on shooting stars who work with unconventional materials, with Kerstin Brätsch, Nikolas Gambaroff, Markus Schinwald and Lucie Stahl. Marlborough Contemporary (London) presents promising young names Adam Chotzko and Laurence Kavanagh. David Nolan (New York) is exhibiting new works by in-demand artist Jorinde Voigt. Galerie Barbara Thumm (Berlin) will provide a taste of the upcoming exhibition in Museum Ludwig with a large-sized collage by Jo Baer and will be honouring Anna Oppermann, who passed away twenty years ago. One star at the Jocelyn Wolff stand is young sculptor David Weber. The gallery, which last year took part in NEW CONTEMPORARIES, also presents works by Isa Melsheimer and Valerie Favre. In addition to works by American painter Alice Neel and sculptor Thomas Rentmeister, Aurel Scheibler (Berlin) will for the first time be bringing to Cologne works by versatile avant-garde artist Curt Stenvert (1920-1992), who worked for many years here as a sculptor, painter and object artist. Thea Djordjadze has her artistic home at the Sprüth Magers Gallery (Berlin/London), which will also exhibit works by artist duo Fischli/Weiss and Thomas Scheibitz, Robert Elfgen and Walter Dahn. An ink work by Henri Michaux will be offered by Galerie Florian Sundheimer (Munich). The drawings of Max Weiler are also going to be honoured in an individual presentation. Galerie Tanit (Munich/Beirut) is exhibiting an interplay between young artists and established names, such as Michelangelo Pistoletti. Works by photographer Jürgen Klauke from Cologne and painters Siegfried Anzinger and Herbert Brandl will be presented by Galerie Elisabeth and Klaus Thoman (Innsbruck/Vienna). Galerie Thomas Zander will display works of Lewis Baltz, a representative of classical American photography, and also has conceptual photographic artists including Peter Downsborough and Victor Burgin in its programme. Don Dudley's multi-part wall installation "Rail" from 1977 is sure to draw attention. Alan Cristea Gallery (London) specialises in prints and editions, and will deliver monumental woodcuts by Christiane Baumgartner and editions by Julian Opie and Tom Wesselmann.

In the NEW CONTEMPORARIES sector, Bugada & Cargnel (Paris), who are taking part for the first time, will present young multimedia artist Adrien Missika, as well as works by Cyprien Gaillard, winner of the Berlin National Gallery Prize for Young Art 2011. Another new addition to NEW CONTEMPORARIES is Galeria Marta Cervera (Madrid), which offers works by Sam Falls and Nuria Fuster. New, large-sized canvases by Joyce Pensanto, Molly Zuckermann-Hartung and Karl Wirsum will be brought along by Corbett vs. Dempsey (Chicago), as well as a film by Christopher Wool, which has never been seen in Germany before now. KOW (Berlin), winner of last year's MAURICE LACROIX AWARD for NEW CONTEMPORARIES, is showing works by Michael E. Smith, who will open an individual exhibition during ART COLOGNE in the Aachener Ludwig Forum. Peres Projects (Berlin) represents young painter David Ostrowski from Cologne, American Joe Bradley, and New York photographer and collage artist Dash Snow, who died at an early age. Galerie Rotwand (Zurich) has rediscovered the work of versatile artist Klaus Lutz, who passed away in 2009. Ancient & Modern (London) presents new works by British artist Alan Kane amongst others.

The cooperation with the New Art Dealers Alliance NADA established last year, continuous with 24 international galleries. There is a strong New York section featuring Jack Hanley, Derek Eller, CANADA, Martos and Brennan & Griffin, who will be showcasing brand new works, like their peers from Germany, Denmark, Austria and other countries.

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