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Description: Thomas Schutte's works are almost always in the nature of a proposal; consequently, they are almost always in the form of models. At the core of this system of presentation lies hypothesis and speculation, moralism and romanticism, melancholy and black humor. Through early architectural installations and small-scale modeled figures and proposals for monuments, through extensive series of watercolors, banners, flags, and photographs, Schutte takes a skeptical look at the goings on of the world. This new monograph explores in detail the vast scope and extraordinary inventiveness of Schutte's work by documenting his tripartite exhibition at the Dia Center for the Arts, New York. "Scenewright" focuses on issues relating to sceneography and theater; "Gloria in Memoria" explores memorials, monuments, and antiheroes; and "In Media Res" presents recent ceramics and a related series of monumental steel sculptures.
Outline Thomas Schtte is a catalog of works by this contemporary German artist. Schtte studied under Gerhard Richter, Benjamin Buchloh, and Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Dsseldorf Academy in the 1970s. He comes from that strong conceptual background, but as his career matured the emotional content of his work evolved and became much more potent. Schtte's work is incredibly eclectic: ceramic figures, architectural models, drawings, outdoor sculptures, photographs, and installations. A recent work, Big Spirits (1996), is a collection of larger-than-life-size aluminum figures that seem to be morphing before one's eyes. They are at once ghost, human, and machine. Also riveting is The Innocents (1994), a series of photographs of the heads of handmade figurines, and United Enemies, A Play in Ten Scenes (1993)--offset lithographs, also of figurines wrapped in Schtte's clothes. His watercolors are beautiful, ranging from drawings of fruit to portraits of women. Whatever the project, Schtte is tapped in to a particular humanity.
Included in the book are essays by Julian Heynen and Angela Vettese, an interview with James Lingwood, and an essay by Roman philosopher Seneca, chosen by the artist. There is also a story by Schtte--printed in English for the first time. --Jennifer Cohen
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.9" Width: 9.52" Height: 0.83" Weight: 2.79 lbs.
Release Date Mar 15, 2002
Publisher Richter Verlag
ISBN 393380745X ISBN13 9783933807458
Availability 0 units.
More About Alexander Kluge
Born in 1932, a world-famous filmmaker ("Yesterday Girl, The Female Patriot"), a lawyer, a media magnate, an associate of Theodor Adorno and the Frankfurt School, winner of Germany's highest literary award the George Buchner Prize, Alexander Kluge is a phenomenon.