Monday, March 29, 2010

Franz Ackermann “Wait” at White Cube, Mason’s Yard

Currently on view at White Cube Gallery, 25-26 Mason’s Yard, is the exhibition of new works by a renowned German artist Franz Ackermann, titled Wait. It is Ackermann’s third exhibition at the White Cube, this time including not only his signature large-format canvasses on display on the lower level, but also an newer installation occupying the ground floor of the gallery.

The installation, which consists of artwork produced in the variety of media, centers around the painting titled ‘Citizen,” depicting a disproportional goggled face of a military pilot. Among other components of the installation is a spinning wall-mounted painting, with seven deadly sins written on its frame, a video and chunks of raw wood randomly placed on the floor of the gallery.

Works by Franz Ackermann have been included in group exhibitions in Europe and the United States since 1997, including Time Out, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, and Heaven, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York (1997); Atlas Mapping, Kunsthaus Bregenz (1998); and Frieze, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts, Dream City, Kunstverein München, Munich, and go away: artists and travel, Royal College of Art, London (1999). Since his first solo show in 1989, Ackermann’s work has been presented in exhibitions at Neugerriemschneider, Berlin (1994, 1996, 1998), Gavin Brownn’s enterprise, New York (1995, 1997), and at major venues in Germany, including Portikus Frankfurt am Main and Städtische Galerie Nordhorn (1997), Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen (1998), and Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel (1999). The artist works and lives in Berlin, Germany.

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