COLOGNE.- ART COLOGNE 2010
(21 to 25 April, Cologne Trade Fair Centre) melds the established and the new by juxtaposing art-market heavyweights with innovative young galleries. The range of established 20th-century art is always very strong at ART COLOGNE and this year's event provides a fascinating and comprehensive overview of all the major twentieth-century art movements. This overview is juxtaposed to a vibrant and multifaceted show of cutting-edge, experimental and studio-fresh art. Hall 11.2 will be hosting leading dealers in classic modern art, Neue Sachlichkeit and post-war art. Art Informel and the important progressive art movement Zero will be well represented. Hall 11.3 showcases studio-fresh art and experimental work by young artists.
Annely Juda (London) is planning a powerful show of steel sculptures by Anthony Caro. Karsten Greve (Cologne / Paris / St. Moritz) has high-calibre work by Cy Twombly, Joel Shapiro and Pierre Soulages. Greve is also bringing a major example of Wilhelm Lehmbruck's Expressionist sculpture, a bronze titled Mädchenkopf auf schlankem Hals. Swiss dealers Henze & Ketterer are offering museum-quality masterpieces by Brücke artists. Among the highlights are oils by Erich Heckel, Park von Dilborn II; Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Harem (1922); and Max Pechstein, Hafen (1911). The Kirchner oil is priced at ¤3.35m. Düsseldorf's Galerie Ludorff has a large-format painting by Serge Poliakoff titled Composition abstraite. This has a private London provenance. Hanover-based gallery Koch is putting on a sculpture show to mark the gallery's 55th anniversary. Two star items are Georg Kolbe's superb bronze, Adagio, and a very fine female nude by Aristide Maillol titled Harmonie. Galerie Rieder (Munich) is showing work by Bauhaus artists. Marianne Hennemann (Königswinter) focuses on artists of the Zero group. Galerie Schwarzer is marking the 80th birthday of Günther Uecker with a special show of his work. Schwarzer will also be featuring an important Poliakoff triptych. Photography specialist Johannes Faber (Vienna) has a range of important prints including a very fine 1925 study of a figure in motion by the Czech photographer Rudolf Koppitz.
Dorothea van der Koelen (Mainz / Venice) has recently staged a special exhibition to mark her gallery's 30th anniversary and will be showing a range of pieces from this exhibition. They include new work by Daniel Buren, Joseph Kosuth, Lawrence Weiner and Lore Bert together with a range of objects by Yuko Shiraishi, Martin Willing and Jan van Munster. Hans Strelow (Düsseldorf) is focusing on the American artist Kenneth Noland, the leading exponent of Colour Field painting. Noland died in January aged 85. Thomas (Munich) is bringing blue-chip paintings by Anselm Kiefer and Robert Indiana. Bo Bjerggaard (Copenhagen) will be showing work by Poul Gernes, an artist who came to fame in the 1970s and is poised for rediscovery by the German art world.
Cologne dealer Klaus Benden has a loyal base of collectors specializing in American Pop art. Benden is showing an exceptionally rare limited-edition portfolio titled 7 Objects in a Box (published by Rosa Esman in 1966). It contains objects by Allan D'Arcangelo (Side-View Mirror), Jim Dine (Rainbow Faucet), Roy Lichtenstein (Sunrise), Claes Oldenburg (Baked Potato), George Segal (Chicken), Andy Warhol (a still from his own film, Kiss) and Tom Wesselmann (Little Nude). Boisserée (Cologne), marking Sean Scully's 65th birthday, is focussing on his prints and will be showing a complete set of six aquatints titled Enter Six (1998). Baukunst (Cologne) has a large-format neon work by François Morellet. Charim (Vienna / Berlin) is juxtaposing work by Valie Export, the media artist and filmmaker, with dynamic canvases by the young Dresden artist Franziska Klotz. Karl Pfefferle (Munich) has new work by Rainer Fetting from the Hollywood series and recent photoworks by David Lynch and Arnulf Rainer. Springer & Winckler (Berlin) will be showing a range of fresh-to-the-market photoworks by the Swiss police photographer Arnold Odermatt.
To Hall 11.3 and its studio-fresh art and experimental work by young artists: Los Angeles dealers 1301PE are exhibiting a large-format wall piece by the Los Angeles-based artist Pae White. White's work was one of the surprises of the 2009 Venice Biennale. The Berlin gallery Aanant & Zoo is showing Michael Müller's 118-part work, sýstema (2009-10). This has been specially created for ART COLOGNE's OPEN SPACE section. It is 12 metres long and 3.5 metres high. Completed only very recently, it is composed of coloured panes of plexiglas and over 80 portrait sketches. The sketches are framed under tinted plexiglas. OPEN SPACE will also be featuring Berlin dealers Peres Projects, with collaborative work by the young, highly sought-after American artists Dan Colen and Nate Lowman. New York dealers John Connelly Presents are introducing work by the New York-based artist Scott Hug at their New Contemporaries stand. Rüdiger Schöttle (Munich) has work by important names like Stephan Balkenhol, Candida Höfer, Thomas Ruff and Thomas Struth. Schöttle will also be featuring work by his new gallery discovery, the Romanian artist Alex Mirutziu. Chert (Berlin) is staging a solo show of sculpture by the young artist Carla Scott Thomas. Christian Ehrentraut (Berlin) is exhibiting work by his gallery artists Franziska Holstein and Martin Kobe. Ehrentraut is also showing a large-format work by Ruprecht von Kaufmann titled Schimmelreiter. Berlin gallerist Ben Kaufmann has put together a solo show of his own work dating from the years 1993 to 2003. Baer (Dresden) has a kinetic work by Sebastian Hempel. Titled Lichtturm, and more than four metres high, the sculpture emits a constant flow of cascading light. Base Gallery (Tokyo) is introducing a group of promising young Japanese artists. The gallery is featuring an exciting range of their paintings and photoworks. Linn Lühn (Cologne) is staging a show highlighting the four-cornered interplay present in the work of Alex Jasch, Sebastian Ludwig, Christoph Schellberg and the American post-Surrealist and Pop forerunner William Copley. Elisabeth and Klaus Thoman (Vienna) have important objects by the Austrian artist Franz West. His work featured in a major retrospective at the Museum Ludwig in 2009.