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In Focus Next Week: April 13 - 19

  • Art Cologne 2015
  • Photology Milano
  • AIPAD Photography Show New York
  • Pretty Portal
  • Museum Kunstpalast
April 12, 2015
Ana Bambic Kostov specializes in contemporary art writing, editing, content creation and management. Connect via LinkedIn

Middle of April just makes us perceive the art scene more globally, keeping an eye on cultural centers in Germany. Bringing several interesting art market events, there are also two central European fairs. One is the established and renowned Art Cologne, while the other is new and perfect for discovering emerging talent – KÖLNER LISTE. Along with interesting exhibitions by Alexey Luka at Wunderkammern in Rome or Alice Pasquini in Portuguese Ponte de Sor, Tribeca Film Festival is to begin, featuring short films by JR and Daniel Arsham. Still, what fascinates us the most from all of the fantastic announcements for the week ahead is lots of photography – AIPAD Photography show is opening in New York, but Wim Wenders is also having a solo show at Museum Kunstpalast in his hometown of Duesseldorf, while Carlo Mollino and Helmut Newton works are to be presented at Photology in Milan. Various approaches and themes in photography are to be covered, while acquiring some of the pearls of contemporary and classic photography will also be possible – globally. To finish off the announcements, we must single out a solo exhibition of Guy Denning, who will be showing his latest pieces at Pretty Portal in Duesseldorf, again. We guess, this is the place to be – if in Europe.

Carlo Mollino and Helmut Newton

Opening: April 14


Milan, Italy

… This spring, Milan is the place to be. If the annual Salone del Mobile or the highly anticipated EXPO fair isn’t reason enough, an exhibition of photographs by two big names should convince you already. Photology Milano is hosting the works of Italian designer and architect Carlo Mollino and German-Australian photographer Helmut Newton, especially for the occasion and the visitors of the two events that will take over the city in the next days…

Art Cologne 2015

Opening: April 16


Cologne, Germany

…Being one of the leading art fairs in the world, the list of participating galleries and artists of Art Cologne 2015 is truly impressive. The art fair is composed of several sectors. Galleries sites established galleries. New Contemporaries represents galleries founded in the 21st century. New Positions offers solo-presentations of outstanding young artists. Some of the highlights of Modern and Postwar art include: work by Andy Warhol with his Mona Lisa (four times), presented by Klaus Benden gallery (Cologne); Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, presented by Henze & Ketterer & Triebold (Bern); Richard Lindner and Daniel Spoerri, presented by LEVY (Hamburg); Kazuo Shiraga, presented by Whitestone Gallery (Tokyo), and many other masters of modern and postwar art. On the booths of galleries focused on contemporary art, the visitors may find works by Louise Bourgeois, Anish Kapoor and Martin Kippenberger, presented by Carolina Nitsch (New York); Florian Meisenberg, Olaf Metzel and David Renggli, presented by Wentrup (Berlin); Georg Baselitz and Imi Knoebel, presented by Thaddaeus Ropac (Paris/Salzburg), and many others…

AIPAD Photography Show

Opening: April 16

New York, USA

…The 2015 edition of AIPAD Photography Show will feature eighty nine of the world’s leading fine art photography galleries, offering a wide range of high quality work. At the event, the visitors will be able to see the modern and contemporary examples of the photographic medium, together with those spanning back to the 19th century, as well as photo-based art, video and new media. For the first time this year, The AIPAD Photography Show New York will benefit the 92nd Street Y, a world-class nonprofit cultural and community center…

Guy Denning

Shooting Angels

Opening: April 17

Pretty Portal

Duesseldorf, Germany

…The new solo exhibition by Guy Denning at Pretty Portal will be a must see exhibition for fans of his dark imagery. Shooting Angelscomes to the viewer with titles such as The Fallen, Shooting Angels (this is the sound of free speech) and Made in Man’s Image, which gives a strong indication of what one can expect to experience when visiting Shooting Angels at Pretty Portal. The art of Guy Denning is always highly emotional and expressive, the superb ways in which his figures are constructed add to the heightened sense of theatrics to convey his messages. Shooting Angels (this is the sound of free speech) is Guy Denning at his best, the beautifully painted angel, crashing to the ground with raw emotion,  juxtaposed with the urban art and punk typography and what looks like printed fingerprints in the top left corner, as if the angel has been arrested. Check out Guy Denning in action with Fifth Wall Presents: Guy Denning and in the Upfest 2012 video in which he paints a portrait of Tricky…

Wim Wenders

Landscapes. Photographs.

Opening: April 18

Museum Kunstpalast

Duesseldorf, Germany

…The photographic images made by Wim Wenders, to be shown at Museum Kunstpalast, are not home to anything artificial. His light is natural, cinematic and raw, transmitting the scenery just the way it is. Through his early black and white works, monumental panoramas, the rarely shown photographs of Ground Zero and pictures taken only last year, Wim Wenders brings us back through time, to when photography was just a pure caption of reality. Following the mood of his films, Wim Wenders evokes melancholy and romance, often writing rhyming texts on many of his photographs, describing his thoughts and impressions. “One can […] use a camera like a recording device, which not necessarily only records sounds, but records what the place has to say. In the photograph he tells his story, being both actual history and fiction”…

Slider images: Mounir Fatmi, Evolution or Death – Phoebe, 2014. VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn – Art Cologne 2015; Elia Festa – Helmut Newton. Courtesy of Photology Milano; Danielle Nelson – Mourning, Untitled (Self Portrait on Bed), Maghery, Ireland, 2006. Archival ink jet print. Courtesy Weston Gallery, Carmel, CA; Guy Denning – The Fallen – Courtesy of Pretty Portal; Wim Wenders – Forest in Brandenburg, 2014, detail – Courtesy Museum Kunstpalast.

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