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MAN WITHOUT QUALITIES: THE ART OF MICHAEL KREBBER

From empty galleries and appropriated objects to paintings on canvas and artist’s books, MICHAEL KREBBER’s multifarious artistic output confounds easy understanding—let alone description. This elusiveness may in part explain why the Cologne-based artist has for many observers remained a mysterious, even cultish figure despite having participated in nearly one hundred exhibitions over the past twenty years. Following Krebber’s recent solo outing at Vienna’s Secession and a surge of interest in his work among a younger generation of artists, curators, and critics, Artforum asked DANIEL BIRNBAUM, JOHN KELSEY, and JESSICA MORGAN to survey this enigmatic artist’s oeuvre and reflect on its importance today.

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