The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Saturday, November 1, 2014


Posters Created in the German Democratic Republic at Grey Art Gallery
Karla Woisnitza, What Falls Remains. Works by Karla Woisnitza, Galerie Johannes Zielke, Berlin, September 16–October 10, 1990. Silkscreen over collage, 17-55, 20 5/8 x 27 1/4 in. Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz.
NEW YORK, NY.- New York University’s Grey Art Gallery presents the first American museum exhibition of artists’ posters created in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) during the 23-year period preceding reunification. Opening on September 7, Künstlerplakate: Artists’ Posters from East Germany, 1967–1990 showcases more than 120 examples that were produced and circulated primarily in the country’s three principal art centers: Dresden, Leipzig, and Karl-Marx-Stadt (now Chemnitz). These artists’ posters―Künstlerplakate in German―reveal the art form’s evolution from early examples in the 1960s to impressive highpoints in the late 1980s. Drawn entirely from the extensive collections of and organized by the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, the exhibition also demonstrates the wide range of styles employed by East German artists.

Künstlerplakate function both as advertisements for cultural events and works of art in their own right, with most printed either by or in the presence of the artist. Limiting the editions to less than 100 copies, painters, sculptors, and graphic artists were, for the most part, able to bypass strict GDR censorship boards. While painting—with its associations of bourgeois conspicuous consumption―was discouraged by Communist officials, printmaking and graphic design―with their emphasis on reproducibility and visual communication―were encouraged. Artists’ posters thus provided a potent vehicle for individual expression and experimentation. Despite pressure to conform to the dictates of socialist realism, East German artists were challenged to produce creative and engaging posters while skirting the edges of ideological orthodoxy. Over time, GDR printing policies and censorship standards eased; a majority of the posters featured in Künstlerplakate date from the 1980s and many obliquely address the stifled promise of East German Communism.

“The Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz is thrilled to share these remarkable and vibrant posters with New York audiences,” states Ingrid Mössinger, executive director of the complex of museums located in Chemnitz, a major city in Saxony, and co-curator of the exhibition with Katharina Metz. “The posters, over 100 of which were donated to the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz by collectors Margrit and Gert Becker, demonstrate that the East German art scene was much more diverse than previously assumed. They also offer eloquent testimony to what artists had to cope with and what they suffered at the time,” observe Mössinger and Metz.

With tightly restricted access to Western newspapers, art magazines, and television, GDR artists had limited exposure to contemporary international art developments and turned their attention to historical avant-gardes. During the 1950s, impassioned debates about the proper role of the visual arts in East German culture flared regularly, pitting realism against formalism and abstraction. By the mid-1970s, artists were incorporating new techniques such as offset lithography and silkscreen. Posters produced throughout the 1980s until the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 reveal East German artists’ interest in experimental art as censorship standards began to relax.

While the GDR sponsored “official” artists whose work met specific criteria and paid them a monthly stipend for living expenses, those outside this network had to support themselves via other means. They also faced significant obstacles in finding exhibition spaces. Before the founding of the state-run network of galleries—the Staatlichen Kunsthandel der DDR—in the late 1970s, this challenge was partly resolved through the establishment of public print fairs and markets. These venues provided exposure as well as an income stream for artists unable to secure state-funded commissions. A number of unofficial artists’ groups were also founded, including Autoperforation Artists, Dresdner Sezession 89, and Clara Mosch. The latter, whose name derived from the first few letters of the last names of its members―Carlfriedrich Claus, Thomas Ranft and Dagmar Ranft-Schinke, Michael Morgner, and Gregor Thorsten Schade―staged events in the spirit of Happenings, Fluxus, and performance art—which were known primarily through journals and magazines surreptitiously imported from the West. The group also operated an alternative gallery space in Chemnitz in the late 1970s and early ’80s.

Carlfriedrich Claus, widely considered one of the most important “unofficial” artists in East Germany, was also a poet and philosopher who earned a living copying musical scores. In the poster he designed to promote an exhibition at Städtische Museen Karl-Marx-Stadt (now the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz) of his Sprachblätter (language sheets), he explores the intersection of text and image along with the graphic possibilities of noise as the source of music and gesture as the source of the alphabet.

Gerhard Altenbourg is another prominent East German artist in the postwar period. The poster promoting an exhibition of his woodcuts at Schloss Hinterglauchau in 1976 reproduces one of his brightly colored prints depicting a yellow lyre, green mountains, and a red zoomorphic form. Recognizing that Altenbourg’s artworks were in dialogue with contemporary Western art trends, local Communist Party officials attempted to prevent the show from opening. Although the public was finally allowed to view it, catalogue sales were restricted.

Künstlerplakate produced near the close of the 1980s reveal the uncertainty of the times. For his poster advertising his show at the Galerie Eigen+Art in 1990, Holger Fickelscherer combines the bold black, white, and red of early Communist propaganda posters with a Western cultural icon—Mickey Mouse. As a grimacing figure shovels a pile of Mickeys into the locomotive’s combustion chamber, the phrase “Lustig Lustig” (“Merrily Merrily”) appears above in a billowing cloud of smoke, signaling East Germany’s pending reunification with the West and its full-speed-ahead move into the global economy. Founded in 1983 by Gerd Harry “Judy” Lybke, Galerie Eigen+Art occupied a central position in the Leipzig art scene and operated under the radar until the end of the decade, offering often-controversial exhibitions and programs.

Grey Art Gallery | Künstlerplakate | Posters from East Germany |




Last Week News

September 7, 2010

Sotheby's to Sell Group of Exceptional Paintings from the Collection of Supermodel Jerry Hall

Sotheby's Modern & Contemporary Southeast Paintings Sale Announced

Ancient City by the Sea, Leukaspis or Antiphrae, Rises Amid Egypt's Resorts

Ernesto Neto "Intimacy" at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art

Strong Selection of Prints by Modern and Contemporary Masters at Sotheby's

Construction Work to Start on The Photographers' Gallery

Bowes Museum Reunites Two Important Works for New Display

Hundreds of Looted Artifacts from Museums Returned to Iraq

Christie's to Present a Three-Week Exhibition of Contemporary Art from China

MCA Names James Goggin Director of Design, Print, and Digital Media

The Amazons: Mysterious Warrior Maidens Explored in New Exhibition

Anonymous Studio Installs "Alexandria" at Southern Polytechnic State University

Powerhouse Museum to Develop International Exhibition About The Wiggles

War Photographer Paolo Pellegrin Takes a Shot at Fashion

ArtTactic's Chinese Contemporary Art Market Confidence Survey Shows Continued Strong Recovery

Iguatemi Sao Paulo Hosts SP-Arte/Foto

Bellevue Arts Museum Announces BAM Biennial Award Winner

Art Now: Clunie Reid and James Richards at Tate Britain

Art Forum Berlin and ABC Art Berlin Contemporary to Take Place Concurrently

Eleven Egyptian Officials to Be Tried in Van Gogh Theft

Astrid Klein "Broken Heart, Works from 1980 - 1995" at Sprüth Magers

Tina Berning and Michelangelo Di Battista: Face/Project at Camera Work Gallery

Irish Pavilion Presents Portfolio of Irish Architecture Practice

Christie's Expects Poussin's Painting to Fetch Up to $31 Million

Exhibition and Karl Ströher Prize for French Artist Cyprien Gaillard

Raphael Tapestries Go on Show in Britain at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Exhibition "Woman as Muse, 1900-1950" Opens at the Herakleidon Museum

Yad Vashem Gets Access to Polish Archives

World Trade Center Steel Columns to Be Installed at 9/11 Museum

Fundacion Proa Presents Exhibition of Artistic Production in the 1960s

September 6, 2010

Kunstmuseum Basel Exhibition Focuses on the Formative Period of Warhol as a Painter

Sotheby's to Sell Paintings from the Collection of Supermodel Jerry Hall

Eleven Egyptian Officials to Be Tried in Van Gogh Theft

Art Forum Berlin and ABC Art Berlin Contemporary to Take Place Simultaneously

Exhibition and Karl Ströher Prize for French Artist Cyprien Gaillard

Exhibition "Woman as Muse, 1900-1950" Opens at the Herakleidon Museum

Raphael Tapestries Go on Show in Britain at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Tina Berning and Michelangelo Di Battista: Face/Project at Camera Work Gallery

Irish Pavilion Presents Portfolio of Irish Architecture Practice de Blacam and Meagher

Christie's Expects French Master Nicolas Poussin's Painting to Fetch Up to $31 Million

Steven Holl to Receive Jencks Award: Visions Built 2010 at the RIBA

Nepalese-Inspired Tibetan Painting Style the Subject of Exhibition

Dutch Painter and Cobra Movement Co-Founder Corneille Dies

Art Now: Clunie Reid and James Richards at Tate Britain

Bonhams Offer Important Works by Leading Egyptian Artists in Dubai Sale

Objects and Paintings by Thomas Sommer at Maerzgalerie

Nassau County Museum of Art to Show the Civil War in Paintings by Mort Künstler

Saffronart Offers an Exceptional Collection of Modern and Contemporary Indian Art

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Presents Co-Productions in Venice

Jitish Kallat to Present Provocative Work of Art on Art Institute's Grand Staircase

First Comprehensive Survey of Ana Torfs' Work at Generali Foundation

Photographs of Dolls by Craig Deane at the V&A Museum of Childhood

High Museum to Celebrate 25th Annual Latin American Film Festival

Australian Artist Natascha Stellmach's Work at Galerie Wagner + Partner

New Work by Japanese Photographer Izima Kaoru at Von Lintel Gallery

Photomonth, East London Photography Festival, Celebrates 10 Years

Tel Aviv Museum of Art Pays Homage to Avigdor Arikha with Exhibition

£300,000 Collection of Moorcroft for Sale At Bonhams

Art on the Underground Daria Martin's Daydream Survey

September 5, 2010

Exhibition Commemorates the 40th Anniversary of Formula 1 Driver Jochen Rindt's Death

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Presents Four New Co-Productions in Venice

Jitish Kallat to Present Provocative Work of Art on Art Institute's Grand Staircase

First Comprehensive Survey of Ana Torfs' Work at Generali Foundation

Photomonth, East London Photography Festival, Celebrates 10 Years

New Work by Japanese Photographer Izima Kaoru at Von Lintel Gallery

Tel Aviv Museum of Art Pays Homage to Avigdor Arikha with Exhibition

Gallery Hyundai Presents Sarah Morris: Clips, Knots, and 1972

A Floating Pavilion for Croatia at the Venice Architecture Biennale

First Millet Exhibition in More Than Twenty-Five Years at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

New Works by Berlin Photographer Stefan Heyne at Kaune, Sudendorf Gallery

Adolph Gottlieb Retrospective Opens at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Pulitzer-Winning Cartoonist Paul Conrad Dies at 86 in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Artists Fight to Save City's Legacy of Murals

New Works by British Artist Darren Almond at White Cube

Landscape Exhibition Opens at New York State Museum

Mesmerizing Photographs Explore the Intricacies of Memory at the Seattle Art Museum

Japanese Woodblock Prints to Fill the Galleries...Twice at Tacoma Art Museum

Detroit Institute of Arts' Detroit Film Theatre to Show Matthew Barney's Complete Cremaster Cycle

Galerie Adler Opens Artists Anonymous: "Everything is Possible - Everything is Done"

Amon Carter Museum of American Art Debuts Renovated Museum Store

Culture Minister Opens National Gallery Exhibition Devoted to Gabriel Metsu

Solo Exhibitions by Don Porcella and Susanne Ring at Cain Schulte Gallery

Bonhams to Sell Elvis Presley's Mercedes-Benz 600 in December

September 4, 2010

Old Masters Picture Gallery in Dresden Explores the Young Johannes Vermeer

Gallery Hyundai Presents Sarah Morris: Clips, Knots, and 1972

A Floating Pavilion for Croatia at the Venice Architecture Biennale

First Millet Exhibition in More Than Twenty-Five Years at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Culture Minister Opens National Gallery Exhibition Devoted to Dutch 17th-Century Painter Gabriel Metsu

Solo Exhibitions by Don Porcella and Susanne Ring at Cain Schulte Gallery

Bonhams to Sell Elvis Presley's Mercedes-Benz 600 in December

New Works by Berlin Fine Art Photographer Stefan Heyne at Sudendorf Gallery

Adolph Gottlieb Retrospective Opens at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Galerie Adler Opens Artists Anonymous: "Everything is Possible - Everything is Done"

Treasures of the Islamic and Indian Worlds at Christie's London

New Book by the Royal Collection Explores the Impact of the Royal Portrait

Arthur Blumenthal Appointed Senior Numismatist at Heritage Auctions

Artist Mladen Miljanovic Draws Inspiration from Bosnia's Turmoil

Japanese Fascination with the West is Explored in Exhibition of Prints

Pearl Harbor Marks 65th Anniversary of World War II's End

Galerie Anita Beckers Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Jürgen Klauke Exhibition

Australian Pavilion in Venice Showcases a New Perspective on Cities

Phillips Collection to Reopen on Saturday, Museum Waives Admission Fees

Mexica Ceremonial Censer Replica Handed over to Tlahuac Community

Museum of Modern Art Announces ContemporAsian

Renaissance Seattle Hotel and Seattle Art Museum Celebrate Legacy of Pablo Picasso

SFMOMA to Honor William T. Wiley with 11th Annual Bay Area Treasure Award

Smithsonian American Art Museum Offers Largest Mission-Based Game Ever Designed

Sotheby's Exhibition of Sculpture at Chatsworth, Now in Its Fifth Year

Ed Ruscha's Apartments, Parking Lots, Palm Trees and Others at Sprüth Magers

September 3, 2010

Bob Dylan's Specifically-Made 'Brazil Series' on Display in Denmark's National Gallery

Ed Ruscha's Apartments, Parking Lots, Palm Trees and Others at Sprüth Magers

Sotheby's Selling Exhibition of Monumental Sculpture at Chatsworth, Now in Its Fifth Year

Smithsonian American Art Museum Offers Largest Mission-Based Game Ever Designed

Treasures of the Islamic and Indian Worlds at Christie's London

New Book by the Royal Collection Explores the Impact of the Royal Portrait

Arthur Blumenthal Appointed Senior Numismatist at Heritage Auctions New York

Artist Mladen Miljanovic Draws Inspiration from Bosnia's Turmoil

Japanese Fascination with the West is Explored in Exhibition of 19th-Century Yokohama Prints

Pearl Harbor Marks 65th Anniversary of World War II's End

Galerie Anita Beckers Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Jürgen Klauke Exhibition

Australian Pavilion in Venice Showcases a New Perspective on Cities

Phillips Collection to Reopen on Saturday, Museum Waives Admission Fees

Irma Sterns Zanzibar Image of Indian Beauty to Sell at Bonhams

Istituto Veneto di Scienze Shows Stanley Kubrick, the Photographer

Landmark New Sculpture by Acclaimed Artist Peter Randall-Page for Dulwich

Canadian Pavilion in Venice: Hylozoic Ground by Philip Beesley

Contemporary Designer Furnishings Added to Bonhams & Butterfields' Auction

Neues Museum in Berlin Welcomes One Millionth Visitor

Experts Reveal the Full Beauty of Petra's 2,000 Year-Old Cave Painting

Rare Roman Lantern Found in United Kingdom Farmer's Field

Royal Institute of British Architects Announces Shortlists for Five Special Awards 2010

New Head of Exhibitions and Displays for Tate Liverpool

Six-Month Restoration Ends of Vincent Van Gogh's "Bedroom"

Bridget Riley and Wolfgang Tillmans Among Highlights of Frieze Talks

Bonhams to Sell Album of Paintings of Australia's Famed Wine Growing Region

Sprüth Magers Presents First Solo Exhibition by Barbara Kruger in Berlin

Larry Gagosian to Open New Gallery in Paris in October

"Dynamic Duo" Appointed to Curate 2012 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art

September 2, 2010

Archaeologists in Jordan Unearth 3,000-Year-Old Iron Age Temple with a Trove of Figurines

Bonhams to Sell Album of Paintings of Australia's Famed Wine Growing Region

Sprüth Magers Presents First Solo Exhibition by American Artist Barbara Kruger in Berlin

Larry Gagosian to Open New Gallery in Paris in October

New Head of Exhibitions and Displays for Tate Liverpool

Six-Month Restoration Ends of Vincent Van Gogh's "Bedroom"

Bridget Riley and Wolfgang Tillmans Among Highlights of This Year's Frieze Talks

Istituto Veneto di Scienze Shows Stanley Kubrick, the Photographer

Landmark New Sculpture by Acclaimed Artist Peter Randall-Page for Dulwich

Canadian Pavilion in Venice: Hylozoic Ground by Philip Beesley

The James: New Hotel in Soho Opens, Art Curator Included

Co-Owner of Painting Missing in New York ID'd as a Thief

Basquiat, Hockney and Wesley Drive Momentum in Christie's First Open Sale

Ellis Island Immigrants' Oral Histories Go Online

Books from the Estate of Book Soup Founder Glenn Goldman Highlight August Sunset Estate Sale

Heritage Auctions New York City Gallery Opened Today

Imperial War Museum to Open Lord Ashcroft Gallery in November

Walking in a Cloud at Venice Architecture Biennale 2010

Treasures of Kazakhstan Take Centre Stage in London

Simryn Gill: Gathering Opens at Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane

Sotheby's to Offer a Unique Collection of Imperial Porcelain

Cantor Arts Center Offers New Installations Selected from the Enhanced Collection

Two Important Paintings Consigned to Auction through Christie's iPhone App

Beuys and Beyond... Opens at Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico

Julián Zugazagoitia Begins as New Director of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Phillips de Pury & Company Announces Highlights from Its New York Photographs Sale

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Image of a Christ without a beard, short hair and wearing a toga unearthed in Spain

2.- Giant mosaic unearthed in mysterious tomb in Amphipolis in northern Macedonia

3.- Bonhams sale of 18th century French decorative arts to benefit Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

4.- Paris flustered by erection of 'sex-toy' sculpture; Paul McCarthy slapped by a passer-by

5.- High art or vile pornography? Marquis de Sade explored in Orsay museum exhibition

6.- 'Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection' opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

7.- Greek culture minister says Elgin Marbles return a matter of 'global heritage'

8.- Vandals deflate Paris 'sex-toy' sculpture by American artist Paul McCarthy after outrage

9.- Exhibition at National Gallery in London explores Rembrandt's final years of painting

10.- 'Hans Memling: A Flemish Renaissance' opens at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome

Related Stories



First Retrospective of Artist and Critic Lil Picard Debuts at Grey Art Gallery

NYU Exhibition Presents Vital Snapshots of the Downtown Scene



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