The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Friday, September 19, 2014


Solo Exhibition of New Work by Lothar Hempel at Stuart Shave/Modern Art
Installation view.
LONDON.- Modern Art presents a solo exhibition of new work by German artist Lothar Hempel, Silberblick/Squint. This is his second solo show with Modern Art.

Lothar Hempel’s work inhabits a realm of dreamlike theatricality, full of many coexisting mystic possibilities. Hempel brings together a world of figures, shapes and colours in the stagelike expression of a certain attitude: graceful, cool, deliberate and poised – yet open and heartfelt. Often starting from ‘just so much as a feeling’, he weaves his material from movement, objects, and representations of performance. Hempel’s narrative associations and contradictions effect a state of mind between consciousness and dream. His exhibitions present us with an open scenario, full of possibility for meaning and interpretation.

In his photographs and in his sculptures Hempel incorporates found and collected images, often depicting dancers, performers, and societal transgressives. Images from Pina Bausch performances are recurrent, as are images of prostitutes, and cult heroes of late 20th century stage and screen. In selecting their qualities of gesture and character, he provides a release from their contexts and stories, liberates them from their histories and latent nostalgia, and infuses them with new life. These reborn characters come from a moment that is not quite of our own – yet while they appear slightly unfamiliar, they are recognisable, and can speak to us.

Lothar Hempel’s large new sculpture Verkehr (the German for ‘traffic’, and also a euphemism for sex) recaptures a double image of modern dancers as large photographic cut-outs, infused with spectral colour, depicted in a staged moment of euphoria and triumph. Hempel presents them frontally, propped-up on two separate plinths and triangles of unnaturally white sand, with an old traffic light nearby. There is a theatrical association, yet no one is exactly on stage. Hempel collapses the set, script and cast of a fantastic dance into sculpture. These sculptures are structured from two dimensional images in three dimensional space, and in this sense they almost undermine their themselves, revealing themselves as facades.

Some images, though, are different; more important than others. There is a famous issue of the German news magazine Stern that Lothar Hempel has owned since 1978, when he was 12 years old. On its cover the image of a teenage girl, Christiane F., stares out from behind the headline ‘Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo’; the subject of a tragic/romantic tale of teenage heroin addiction and prostitution. Her image and story has completely captivated Hempel since childhood: “I looked at her face for hours, studied every detail and listened to music at the same time, usually on headphones. Christiane and I were really close. There are a lot of things about the photo I understood, which became a part of me, but some things remain incomprehensible.” There is a continuity here, and amidst that, the discovery that this kind of memory and relationship can be embedded in a sense of identity and transformation. Christiane F’s youthful face stares out from the image on the cover, her eyes are not really looking at something, but looking through something. Hempel has remade this cover into a photographic work, colouring her eyes: one green, one yellow. It is a subtle intervention, but it is a gesture that seems to extract something - something irrational and mysterious. Hempel says “Now the time has come to revisit her. I want to make her face glow from within. She is my lighthouse.”

Lothar Hempel was born in Cologne in 1966, and studied at Kunstakademie Dusseldorf 1987-1992. He currently lives and works in Berlin. In 2007 Hempel’s work was the subject of the retrospective exhibition Alphabet City at Le Magasin, Grenoble. Recent solo museum exhibitions include Casanova, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2008); Concentrations 42, Dallas Museum, Dallas (2002), and Propaganda, Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2002). Lothar Hempel’s work has been included in the recent exhibitions Heaven, Athens Biennale (2009), Le Song D’un Poete, Frac des Pays de la Loire, Nantes (2009); Beaufort 03, Triennial for Contemporary Art, Blankenberge (2009); 7th Gwangju Biennial (2008); Pale Carnage, Arnolfini, Bristol and DCA, Dundee (2007); Imagination becomes Reality. Werke aus der Sammlung Goetz, ZKM – Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe (2007). Lothar Hempel has exhibited regularly and continuously for almost two decades, during which time his work has been seen in exhibitions at many esteemed institutions, among them: the Venice Biennale; Tate Liverpool, ICA, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; P.S.1, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Portikus, Frankfurt am Main; Secession, Vienna; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. During this exhibition at Modern Art, Lothar Hempel will be exhibiting a solo project ABC as part of Art Unlimited, Art 41 Basel.

Stuart Shave/Modern Art | Lothar Hempel | London |


Last Week News

June 5, 2010

New Bravo TV Show, "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist", Pits 14 Artists Against Each Other

MOCA is the Only West Coast Venue for Arshile Gorky Retrospective

Pablo Picasso's Mediterranean Years at Gagosian Gallery in London

Houston Baptist University Unveils Van Dyck Masterpiece in Belin Chapel

Venice Pays First Major Tribute to Louise Bourgeois with Exhibition

Christie's Launches Optimized Mobile Experience for All Mobile Phones

Sotheby's to Sell Works from Neuberger Berman and Lehman Brothers Collections

New Paintings by Irish-Born Artist Rodney Dickson at Gasser Grunert

World Cup Stamp Designs from 1970 Uncovered by Archivists

Art Fund Bets on Late Picassos, Pop Artist Robert Indiana

Philadelphia Hosts World Premiere of Cleopatra Exhibit

Calder's Le Guichet will Spend the Summer at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Rival Auction Houses, Christie's and Sotheby's, Aim for New Heights in London

Kunsthaus Zürich Shows Videos and Paintings by Albanian Artist Adrian Paci

Second Installment of the Wadsworth's Contemporary Art Series Opens

Eakins's "The Gross Clinic" Restored and On View in Exhibition Exploring its History and Conservation

Audio-Visual Experience of the North Pole to Open at the Akron Art Museum

Some Assembly Required at the Craft and Folk Art Museum

Saint Louis Art Museum Announces Simon Kelly as New Curator

June 4, 2010

Christie's to Offer a Monet Water-Lily Painting Worth an Estimated $44-59 Million

Sotheby's Evening Sale of Contemporary Art in Paris Totals $11.7 Million

Armenian Church Sues Getty Museum over Bible Pages

Regen Projects Shows Works by New York Artist Rachel Harrison

Bonhams to Sell Painting that Hides Mystery of Millais Brothers Collaboration

Biblical Art Dominates Next Week's Old Masters Sale at Christie's

MACBA Devotes Exhibition to Essential Artist of the Late-20th Century

Public Art Project Unlocks Secret Doors in New York City

Antony Gormley Creates a Major New Installation at White Cube

Metropolitan Partners with Berg Publishers to Make Images Available

A Selection of Drawings by Rackstraw Downes at Betty Cuningham Gallery

India's Big Day Recalled at 1.7 Million Pound Sale at Bonhams

Drawings, Watercolours and Prints by Sir Henry Rushbury RA at the Royal Academy

Celebrities Gather to Celebrate Staffordshire Hoard Acquisition

Christie's Hong Kong Spring Auctions: 2nd Highest Total Ever with Sales Topping US$293.6 Million

Dynamic Exhibition of Work by Simon Wald-Lasowski Opens at Foam

Denver Airport's Latest Sculpture: God of the Dead

Sotheby's Sale of 19th Century European Paintings in London Realises 10,858,075 Pounds

Princeton University Art Museum Acquires New Works of Art

Sacred Art in Sonora has been Catalogued

June 3, 2010

Jeff Koons Unveils and Signs His Psychedelic BMW Art Car at the Centre Pompidou in Paris

Artists with African Roots Exhibit at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin

Getty Museum Puts Monumental Red-Figure Krater on View

Painting by Corot Purchased by Musée d'Art et d'Histoire in Geneva

MoMA Announces Exhibition of Abstract Expressionist Works

Marlborough Opens Exhibition of Works that Evoke Organic Forms

Nassau County Museum of Art Examines the Romantic Fascination of the Sea

Previously Unseen U2, Beatles, and Rolling Stones Photographs Up for Sale

Allegra LaViola Gallery Opens Show with Sculptural Works Attached to the Wall

Priska C. Juschka Fine Art Opens First Solo Exhibition by Samuel T. Adams

Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery Showcases a Wide-Ranging Body of Work

Rare 215 Year-Old Gold $10 Eagle Brings $117,000 at Inaugural Auction

Friedman Benda Presents Work by Post-War and Emerging Artists

Author Lynn Cullen Changes Book on Finding Portrait

Tiffany Studios, Contemporary Glass, and Diego Giacometti Work Highlights Bonhams' 20th Century Sale

Remains of Mexican Independence Heroes Undergo Analyses

7th Annual Edinburgh Art Festival Programme Unveiled

Guggenheim Study Reveals Importance of Education in Development of Problem-Solving Skills and Creativity

Facing the Artist: Portraits by John Jonas Gruen Opens at the Whitney

Chicago Tribune Begins Digitizing and Selling Archive Photographs

June 2, 2010

Madrid Opens László Moholy-Nagy Exhibition as Part of PHotoEspaña 2010 Festival

Seminal Masterpiece by Syed Haider Raza Leads Christie's Sale

Bruce Nauman's Days Fills MoMA's Special Exhibitions Gallery

Pennsylvania College to Return Stolen Letter by Descartes

Martin Scorsese Produces Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies

The Saatchi Gallery Opens Largest Show Since Moving to Chelsea

Roy Lichtenstein's Art Car at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art

The Schirn Dedicates a Survey to a Special Experimental Film Genre

2010 No Dead Artists Exhibition Announces Arts Professionals as Jurors

Duke of Northumberland Buys Back Second Ancestral Plate at Bonhams

Sketches and Models by Roman Signer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Founder of the FBI's Art Crime Team Publishes New Book

Guggenheim Announces Contemplating the Void Contest Winners

Public Art Project Presents Various Puppet Shows to Drivers Caught in Traffic

Hong Kong Affirmed as Asia's Art Hub as Region's Collectors Assemble at ART HK 10

Contemporary Louisiana Art on Display at the New Orleans Museum of Art

Important Collection of Animalier Bronzes to Sell at Bonhams

Nine Contemporary International Artists Question Traditional Mapmaking

Seldom Seen Oil Painting by LS Lowry is on Display at the Walker Art Gallery

Old Charge Resurfaces Against Prominent Tibetan

June 1, 2010

Influential French-born American Artist Louise Bourgeois Dies in New York City at 98

Rijksmuseum Exhibits Paintings of the Expansion of the City from the Golden Age

Prado Museum Exhibits Tapestry Series by Willem de Pannemaker

Sale of Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Totals US$ 86,452,715

It's Never Too Late: Carlos Urroz Returns to ARCOmadrid

Ode to Winter by Helena Vieira da Silva to be Auctioned at Sotheby's

PHotoEspaña 2010 Opens with an Exhibition by Collier Schorr

Forty Drawings Made by Hanns Schimansky at Galerie Jaeger Bucher

Christie's Asian Contemporary and 20th Century Art Sales Total $67.2 Million

British Sculptor Antony Gormley Eyes Public Art in Asia

Serious Art Collectors Appraise their Fine Art For Insurance Purposes

Julian Opie Takes His Human Figures to the Valencian Institute for Modern Art

Fallingwater Announces Winner of Design Competition for On-Site Cottages

UK's Longest Running Photography Festival Celebrates 20 Years

WW Gallery Presents 17 Time-Keepers and Chroniclers in New Exhibition "Time"

Gantt and McColl Centers Unite to Highlight Culture and Diversity Initiatives

New Book Catalogs Unique Collection of Rare Antique Chinese Porcelain

First Solo Show in Spain Devoted to Bas Jan Ader's Work Opens

Florentine Codex, Great Intellectual Enterprise of 16th Century

May 31, 2010

Exhibition of Drawings by Pablo Picasso Opens in Argentina for the First Time Since 1934

Old Master Paintings from a Private Collection to Be Offered at Sotheby's

Sale of Southeast Asian Modern and Contemporary Art Realizes HK$44.5 Million

Collection of Italian Paintings Exhibited in Its Entirety for the First and Only Time

New Book "Leo and His Circle" by Annie Cohen-Solal Tells the Life of Leo Castelli

Works to Go on Display at the 37th London International Fine Art Fair at Olympia

Carefully Curated Ensembles of African & Oceanic Art to Be Offered at Sotheby's

American Academy in Rome Awarded 2010 McKim Medal to Miuccia Prada

Caravaggio's Friends and Foes Opened at Whitfield Fine Art

Exhibition Between IMMA and Art Alongside Opens at Wexford Arts Centre

Comic Hero Tintin Nets $1.3 Million in Auction at Drouot-Montaigne

Moderna Museet Presents Paintings from the Last Five Decades by Ed Ruscha

Gothic Art Collection Back at Popular Rhode Island Mansion

Hans P. Kraus Jr. to Show Landmark Works from the Early History of Photography at Art Basel

Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst Opens One Fine Morning in May...

Artist Anita Glesta Creates CENSUS Public Art Project

The Vader Project Helmets to Be Sold at Auction

Silver Forged Mexican History Exhibited

Phillips de Pury & Company to Launch New Uptown Space in New York

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Fever mounts as stunning statues found at Alexander The Great-era tomb

2.- Hi-tech underground scans reveal vast complex of monuments at Britain's Stonehenge

3.- National Geographic Museum opens exhibition featuring shark-munching Spinosaurus

4.- First major New York City exhibition to explore Vienna Actionism opens at Hauser & Wirth

5.- Elizabeth I 'airbrushed' for 18th century make-over and a bug is found in Edward VI

6.- Award winning Swedish director Daniel Fridell to direct Kalliope Films' Vincent Van Gogh biopic

7.- Comprehensive retrospective exhibition of Joan Miró's work opens at the Albertina

8.- Synchrotron radiation technology in art conservation: Science to the rescue of art

9.- Mona Kuhn's first solo exhibition in the US opens at Edwynn Houk Gallery

10.- Sotheby's announces details of its sales series for Property from the Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon

Related Stories



Solo exhibition of new work by Richard Tuttle, "Light & Colour" at Stuart Shave/Modern Art

Stuart Shave/Modern Art Presents the First Solo Exhibition of Nasreen Mohamedi's Work in London

New Work by British Painter Nigel Cooke at Stuart Shave/Modern Art



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site