previews

  • Stephan Balkenhol

    Staatliche Kunsthalle
    Lichtentaler Allee 8A
    July 15–September 17, 2006

    Curated by Matthias Winzen

    In the ’70s, Stephan Balkenhol overlaid the question of figuration and the body with a spare, Conceptualist aesthetic, which has since resulted in an oeuvre both wry and serious. Eschewing the expressionist tone seen elsewhere in German art, such as that of Georg Baselitz, Balkenhol’s provocative disjunctions between the scale of figure and plinth consistently belie the ostensible narrative ordinariness of his men and women. This retrospective features some forty of the artist’s sculptures from the late ’70s to the present, together with about one hundred photographs and drawings, many of which are being exhibited for the first time.

    Travels to the Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Duisburg, Germany, Sept. 28–Dec. 3.