abc art berlin contemporary – “about painting”

September 7 – 11, 2011
Station-Berlin, Luckenwalder Strasse 4-6, Berlin

From 07 – 11 September 2011 abc art berlin contemporary will address the topic of painting. ”About painting” will survey contemporary painting practices, presenting not only works on paper or canvas, but also videos, photographs and sculptures that deal with the classical medium. This exhibition wants to deal with painting as possibility, not as ideology. What does it mean “painting” today? Is it still a relevant medium for artists, and how do they behave with it after Conceptual Art succeeded in carrying the general interest on framing more than on images? Is it possible to paint without painting? The historical reference for the exhibition comes from Heinrich Wölfflin who delineated the concept of “painterly” as a specific art category over one hundred years ago: “painting is the triumph of appearance over the real”. While this might sound like an endorsement of escapist décor, Wölfflin’s motto does not promote deceptive forms of realism or allegory. Instead the statement speaks positively to the unique ways in which painting traffics with ambiguity.

Many interesting international artists and galleries will participate in this special exhibition which was founded four years ago as a new independent, hybrid exhibition format, between a curated show and a gallery event. The initiators, a group of Berlin galleries, have succeeded in establishing the exhibition as an important date in the international art calendar, with a lot of events and artist’s talk during the week of the show.

The participating artists were selected under the curatorial guidance of Rita Kersting, (former director of the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen), who, together with Marc Glöde (film theoris and the curator of abc 2010) designed the exhibition’s spatial setting and presentation.

Image above: Thomas Hirschhorn, Ohne Titel (Ingeborg Bachmann 1942/43), 1998 | marker, ball pen, elements of collage on wood, plastic foil | 40,5 x 36 x 2 cm | Courtesy of ARNDT, Berlin.



Thomas Chapman. Studio with works in progress, 2011.
Courtesy the artist and PSM, Berlin.


Gianfranco Baruchello. Fire Island Story 2009
50 x 70 x 16 cm / 19,7 x 27,5 x 6,2 in.
Mischtechnik, Holz, Glas / Mixed media, wood, glass
Courtesy Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin


Andy Boot. Untitled, 2011
Photo credits: Barbara Müller


Florian Schmidt. Untitled(Presence) 18, 2011
acrylic gel, lacquer, vinyl, cardboard, wood,
70 x 54 x 25 cm
Courtesy Galleria Suzy Shammah


Rineke Dijkstra. Ruth Drawing Picasso, Tate Liverpool, 2009 (video still)
1 channel HD video, 6 min. 36 sec. (looped)


Pablo Rasgado. Unfolded Architecture (Museum Walls)
Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City
Drywall and acrilyc paint on wood,
200 x 2010 cm, 2011


André Thomkins. PERSPEKT I (red beng), 1962
Lackskin, 192,5 x 122 cm
Courtesy Galerie Kunsthandel Wolfgang Werner


Hans-Peter Feldmann. Maler mit Palette, Augen mit schwarzem Balken
Öl auf Leinwand, gerahmt, 83 x 62 cm
Courtesy: Galerie Mehdi Chouakri / Konrad Fischer Galerie
Foto: Jan Windszus, Berlin