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View of “Correspondences,” 2009, Galerie Mezzanin, Vienna.

View of “Correspondences,” 2009, Galerie Mezzanin, Vienna.

Vienna

“Correspondences”

Eschenbachgassen Galleries
Eschenbachgasse
May 8–June 6, 2009

The challenge for the Curated By project is to bring together four different streets or neighborhoods, each with four or five galleries, in one exhibition. The winner for the Eschenbachgasse area, the unit (whose members are all independent gallerists) that lies between the Vienna Secession and the Museumsquartier, was Matthew Higgs, director of White Columns in New York. Some selections are tailor-made for the space: At Galerie Steinek, B. Wurtz’s filigreed object-architectural works interact with Noam Rappaport’s minimalist collages. Galerie Meyer Kainer houses large, wild portraits by Rita Ackermann and humorous photo collages by master John Stezaker. Karl Holmqvist and Christopher Knowles at the Martin Janda Gallery were selected because of the gallery’s focus on performative installation. Anne Collier and Janice Guy deal with the question of women and self-reflection at Galerie Mezzanin. In each of the five galleries, Higgs’s expertly organized shows are full of surprises and act like a mirror in which the program of each space becomes apparent: Distinctions sharpen; because of his pairings, the shows can be experienced on a common plateau. Higgs titled his exhibition “Correspondences,” and that designation is fitting on every level.

This exhibition is on view at Galerie Martin Janda/Raum Aktueller Kunst, Galerie Meyer Kainer, Galerie Krobath, Galerie Mezzanin, and Galerie Steinek until June 6.

Translated from German by Jane Brodie.