Sabine B. Vogel

Plamen Dejanoff

April 2006

Plamen Dejanoff first gained notoriety for his collaborations with Swetlana Heger under the slightly variant surname “Dejanov.” Their most notable project together was Quite Normal Luxury, 1999, a piece that consisted largely of a contract… READ ON

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Herwig Weiser

January 2006

Hanging in the middle of the room was a most fascinating cylindrical object. Sound issued from it; something moved within. Its title, Death Before Disko (all works 2005)—also that of the show as a whole—plays on its association with the… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2006 [TOC]

Lei Xue

December 2005

Lei Xue's series of abstract paintings, “Alpine Landscapes,” are reminiscent of snow, barren countrysides, and deep mountain lakes. Xue explains that the exceptionally long panoramic formats he employs evoke Chinese artistic traditions,… READ ON

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Franz Graf

November 2005

After dipping below the radar for a few years, Franz Graf is now back with new and older work in “Love My Dream,” an enormously impressive solo exhibition. It’s a title that’s easier said than done, but the artist convinces, with … READ ON

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Alexandr Rodchenko

November 2005

In the 1920s, Alexandr Rodchenko built finely detailed, free-floating, geometric cardboard models and massive sculptures made from squared-timber pieces. His interest lay in spatial investigation rather than completed objects, however, so he… READ ON

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“New Abstract Painting from Austria”

September 2005

Thanks to the economic liberalization of China and that country's ambitions to become a superpower, the fine arts have gained in meaning—and in freedoms. One consequence of this development is that there are new possibilities for showing … READ ON

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Roman Ondák

September 2005

As his contribution to the Secession exhibition “Ausgeträumt” (The End of Dreaming), 2001–2002, the Slovakian artist Roman Ondák had Skodas—Czech cars—parked behind the Secession building in Vienna; at Museum Ludwig in Cologne… READ ON

IN PRINT September 2005 [TOC]

Otto Mühl

July 2005

Viennese Actionist Otto Mühl hit a very sensitive nerve several decades ago, and he's still doing so today. In Hamburg this summer, you can see filmed documentation of the works that first put Mühl on the map: his truly radical … READ ON

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Alice Creischer

July 2005

Alice Creischer's experiences in Argentina and India inspired the theme of her Bremen exhibition—the monstrous discrepancy between poverty and wealth. Her central questions are: What happens between the observer (the wealthy) and that which… READ ON

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Sharjah Biennial 7

May 2005

After gaining the status of an independent state in 1972, the United Arab Emirates set about speedily transforming themselves into a luxurious tourist paradise, and Sharjah staked its claim as the cultural capital, building thirty-two museums… READ ON

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