‘On Landscape – Balthasar Burkhard – Tony Cragg – Alberto Garutti – Joel Sternfeld’
On Landscape Balthasar Burkhard – Tony Cragg – Alberto Garutti – Joel Sternfeld
8 Nov 2019—11 Jan 2020

On Landscape Balthasar Burkhard – Tony Cragg – Alberto Garutti – Joel Sternfeld

8 Nov 2019—11 Jan 2020
Buchmann Galerie
Press release

Tony Cragg once formulated perfectly that one can look at a landscape for hours, immerse oneself in it, without the possibility of touching it. 

 

The four artists in this exhibition, Balthasar Burkhard, Tony Cragg, Alberto Garutti, and Joel Sternfeld, encounter landscape and space in their works in very different ways.

 

Aube (Dawn) is a sculpture by Tony Cragg from 1987 that belongs to the group Villages or Landscapes, whose starting point is often a used table, which the artist then combines with stylized houses with gabled roofs made of simple industrial wood, mostly chipboard. The table, object of the human center of life, creates an architecture in which the houses are arranged on different levels like in a terraced landscape. With a black wax crayon, Tony Cragg has covered the individual elements densely with a strong wave-shaped drawing and removes the individual objects from their boundaries. He transforms them into a new, sculptural quality. Interesting is the title, which refers to the dawning daylight but also evokes the horizon, which creates a spatial boundary that lies outside the sculpture. 

 

Like Tony Cragg with the table, Alberto Garutti also shows in his work Piccolo paesaggio domestico con occhio di Luca that the idea of a landscape can include what is inside a house or room. Alberto Garutti drilled a wall mirror with holes of the same diameter. The positioning of the holes corresponds to the outlines of the furniture in his apartment and of a person, Luca, reflected in the surface. The holes capture the moment of the artist’s observation and keep alive the memory of a reflection. The Specchi forati connects the past and the spatially there with the present and here, superimposing temporal and spatial levels. The viewer, reflected in the surface, completes the work with his imagination and sensation.

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Joel Sternfeld also traces a kind of exploration of reality in his three large-format color photographs from the Oxbow Archive group of works. In 2006 and 2007, the artist photographed at short intervals and in changing seasons on the meadows and fields bordered by the striking river knee of the Connecticut River near Northampton in the US state of Massachusetts and Interstate 91. An interesting reference to Sternfeld’s work is the famous painting View from Mount Holyoke by Thomas Cole, who painted the same river plane in 1836 as a heroic landscape. Sternfeld dispenses with drama and exaggeration. In subtle photographs, he documents the uniqueness of the seasons in this unspectacular piece of nature but also shows the clearly visible effects of human intervention in nature.

 

The effects of human intervention and landscape design are most clearly visible in the vast structures of megacities. At the end of the 1990s, Balthasar Burkhard dealt with the endless landscapes of houses extending to the horizon in spectacular black-and-white photographs. Photographed from a helicopter, the artist blurs the individual houses in grey gradations into a vibrating abstract structure that dissolves in a cloud of haze on the horizon. Burkhard, however, partially omits the horizon completely and thus removes any boundaries from the city. He transforms the Moloch into an almost sublime lightness or graphic abstraction. We are part of concrete reality, embedded in physicality and materiality and forms. In his works, however, Burkhard manages to let this world of things emerge from the usual horizon of meaning.  

‘On Landscape – Balthasar Burkhard – Tony Cragg – Alberto Garutti – Joel Sternfeld’

Balthasar Burkhard

Tony Cragg

Born 1949 in Liverpool. Lives and works in Wuppertal.

Education
2009 - 2013 Director of Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
2002 Professorship for sculpture at UdK Universität der Künste, Berlin 
Member of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin
1994 Member of the Royal Academy, London
1979 Professor at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
1973 - 1977 Royal College of Art
1968 - 1972 Gloucestershire College of Art and Design, Cheltenham und Wimbledon School of Art
1966 – 1968 Lab Technician at the National Rubber Producers Research Association
Grants and Awards
2017

Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, International Sculpture Center

2016

Knight Bachelor of the British Empire

2013

Chaire de Création Artistique, Collège de France

Rheinischer Kulturpreis, Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Rheinland

2012 Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany 1st Class
Artist's Medal of Honor of the Hermitage, Russia
2009 Honorary doctor of the Royal College of Arts
2007 Praemium Imperiale for Sculpture, The Japan Art Foundation
2005 1st Prize for Best Sculpture, 2. Biennale Beijing
2002 Commander of the Order of the British Empire
2001 Honorary Fellowship John Moores University, Liverpool
Shakespeare-Prize
1992 Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres
1989 Von-der-Heydt-Prize, Wuppertal  
1988 Turner Prize
British
 Representative at the 43rd Venice Biennale

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Alberto Garutti

Born in 1948 in Galbiate

Lives and works in Milan

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2016
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Permanent Installations and Commissions

2012 Permanent artwork, Porta Nuova-Garibaldi, Milan
2011 Permanent artwork, Malpensa airport, Stazione Cadorna, Milan
2005 Appointed for the enclosure project of the garden in front of the Fondazione Sandretto, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
Invitation contest for the new Cittadella Giustizia, Venice
2002 Artwork for the Sant'Andrea Hospital, Rome
1999 Artwork for the Pietrasanta Hotel, Room 101, Pietrasanta Forte dei Marmi
1998 Permanent artwork, Piazza Dante, Bergamo
1996 Artwork for Palazzo Cordati, Fondazione Teseco per l’Arte, Barga
Permanent artwork, Piazza Pontida, Bergamo
1993 Permanent artwork, Hotel Palace, Room 402, Bologna

Joel Sternfeld

Born 1944, lives and works in New York.

Education

Dartmouth College

Grants and Awards
2004 Citigroup Photography Prize, in association with 
The Photographer’s Gallery
1990-91 Prix de Rome
1987-88 Shifting Foundation Fellowship
1985 Dartmouth College, Artist-in-Resident 
Grand Prize Winner, Higashikawa Festival of Photography, 
  Japan
1978, 1982 Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
1980 National Endowment for the Arts Photographers Fellowship

Solo Exhibitions

2019
2017
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
1997
1992
1991
1989
1987
1985
1984
1982
1981
1980
1976

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2020
2019
2018
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
1993
1992
1991
1989
1987
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1981
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Selected Collections

Dallas Art Museum
Deutsche Börse Art Collection, Frankfurt/M.
European American Bank, New York
Folkwang Museum, Essen
Forbes Collection, New York, NY
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands
Goldman Sachs, New York
F.C. Gundlach Collection, Hamburg
Hallmark Collections, Kansas City
High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Houston Museum of Modern Art
ING Belgium Art Collection
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
Maison Europeene de la Photographie, Paris
Museum Folkwang Essen, Essen, Germany
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Seattle Art Museum
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica, CA
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Yale University Art Gallery, New York