Zaha Hadid_Joel Sternfeld Landscape?
24 Aug—31 Oct 2013

Zaha Hadid_Joel Sternfeld Landscape?

24 Aug—31 Oct 2013
Press release

The Buchmann Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of its exhibition entitled Landscape?. The exhibition presents a selection of paintings by Zaha Hadid alongside photographs by Joel Sternfeld. While there are clear differences in both the forms of expression and the subjects represented in the works of the two artists, their juxtaposition establishes a fascinating dialogue between architecture and landscape.
Iraqi Architect Zaha Hadid (*1950, Baghdad) first found renown in the early 1980’s thanks to a series of drawings and paintings through which she developed reflections on the value and importance of the project in architectural works. 
The Silver Paintings, displayed in Agra, address the theme of the relationship between urban landscape and architecture. Her works achieve an almost utopic dimension, as they do not show physical realities, but rather architectural possibilities, instead. Zaha Hadid experiments with new spatial concepts, researching a visionary aesthetic which touches all fields of urban design. Silver Paintings, and particularly their surfaces, their modulation of colour and their range of shades from light to dark, all contribute to creating a new representation of urban landscapes, somewhere between vision and reality. The value of her work is now of course, internationally recognised. For 2012,  Zaha Hadid completed the London Aquatics Centre, one of the principal venues for London’s Summer Olympics.
The American photographer Joel Sternfeld (*1944, New York) began his work in the Seventies, after having studied theories of colour usually applied in architecture and painting. Sternfeld is credited as being among the first, along with William Eggleston and Stephen Shore, of raising the level of colour photography as a higher artistic and research form.
Also, his landscapes continue to widen the tradition of American documentary photography, which begun in the Thirties by Walker Evans. Sternfeld’s works often conceal a subtile sarcasm, which pushes the observer to question the problematic nature of observation itself. Another important characteristic of his works is the relationship, never apparently arbitrary, between colour and the subject represented. With the pictures displayed in Agra, thanks in part to their large dimensions, observers are able to lose themselves immediately in the natural landscapes of America and the history of Roman countryside. 
 

On the same day, at 11am, Buchmann Lugano opens the exhibition
Landscape?
ZAHA HADID
Buchmann Lugano

Via della Posta 2, CH-6900 Lugano
Opening: Saturday, 24 August 2013 at 11am
Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 1pm to 6pm

Further information:

Buchmann Galerie

Via Gamee, CH-6927 Agra (Collina d’Oro)

T. + 41 (0) 91 980 08 30

buchmann.lugano@bluewin.ch

www.buchmanngalerie.com

Comunicato stampa

La Galleria Buchmann ha il piacere di annunciare l’apertura della mostra Landscape? L’esposizione presenta una selezione di dipinti di Zaha Hadid insieme a delle fotografie di Joel Sternfeld. Nonostante le differenti modalità espressive e la diversità dei soggetti raffigurati, le opere dei due artisti stabiliscono un affascinante dialogo tra architettura e paesaggio.

L’architetta irachena Zaha Hadid (*1950, Baghdad) raggiunge la fama nei primi anni 80, grazie a una serie di disegni e dipinti dove  sviluppa una riflessione sul valore e l’importanza del progetto di opere architettoniche. 
I Silver Paintings esposti ad Agra, affrontano la tematica del rapporto tra paesaggio urbano e architettura. I suoi lavori assumono una valenza quasi utopica, in quanto non mostrano delle realtà fisiche, ma piuttosto delle possibilità architettoniche. Zaha Hadid sperimenta nuovi concetti spaziali alla ricerca di un’estetica visionaria che abbraccia tutti i campi del design urbano. Inoltre nei suoi Silver Paintings la particolare lavorazione delle superfici, le modulazioni di colore, le sfumature dal chiaro allo scuro, contribuiscono a creare una nuova rappresentazione dei paesaggi urbani tra realtà e visione.
La validità dei suoi progetti è oggi riconosciuta a livello internazionale. Nel 2012 Zaha Hadid realizza il London Aquatics Centre, una delle principali sedi delle olimpiadi estive di Londra.

Il fotografo statunitense Joel Sternfeld (*1944, New York) inizia la sua attività a partire dagli anni 70, dopo aver studiato le teorie del colore di norma applicate in architettura e pittura. Sternfeld è stato tra i primi insieme a William Eggleston e Stephen Shore ad elevare la fotografia a colori a pratica artistica e di ricerca.
Senza dubbio i suoi paesaggi continuano e ampliano la tradizione della fotografia documentaria americana iniziata negli anni 30 da Walker Evans. I suoi lavori nascondono spesso un sottile sarcasmo, che spinge lo spettatore a interrogarsi sulla problematica natura dello sguardo. Un’altra importante caratteristica delle opere di Sternfeld,  è il rapporto, mai arbitrario, tra colore e soggetto rappresentato. Nelle fotografie esposte ad Agra, grazie anche alle grandi dimensioni, lo sguardo si perde nella natura dei paesaggi americani e nella storia delle campagne romane. 
 

 

Lo stesso giorno alle ore 11.00 inaugura presso Buchmann Lugano la mostra

Landscape?

ZAHA HADID

Buchmann Lugano

Via della Posta 2, CH-6900 Lugano

Inaugurazione: Sabato 24 agosto 2013 alle ore 11.00

Aperto dal martedì al sabato, dalle 13.00 alle 18.00

 

 

Per maggiori informazioni:

Buchmann Galerie

Via Gamee, CH-6927 Agra (Collina d’Oro)

T. + 41 (0) 91 980 08 30

buchmann.lugano@bluewin.ch

www.buchmanngalerie.com

Zaha Hadid

Born 1950 Bagdad/ Iraq. Lives and works in London.

Selected Exhibitions

2017
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1997
1995
1988
1985
1983
1978
Selected Exhibition Design
2007 Ideal House, Internationale Möbelmesse, Köln
2006 Tokyo Blossoms, The Haro Museum Installation, Tokio
25 Years of Deutsche Bank Collection, Singapore Art Museum, Singapur
2005 Elastika intervention at Design 05, Art Basel, Miami Beach
25 Jahre Sammlung Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin
2004 Sulle Tracce di Mozart, Palazzo Reale, Mailand
2000 Borderline Exhibition, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brüssel
1997 Mind Zone, Millenium Dome, London
1998 Addressing the Century: 100 Years of Art and Fashion, Hayward Gallery, London
1996 Wiener Kunsthalle, Wien
Leopold-Hosch Museum, Düren
1992 Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York

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

Group Exhibitions

2020
2019
2018
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
1993
1992
1991
1989
1987
1985
1984
1982
1981
1980
1978
1977
1976
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