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  • Annette Kelm

    Kunsthalle Zurich
    Limmatstrasse 270
    July 17 - April 26

    Curated by Beatrix Ruf

    Tight and tucked, the photographs of Annette Kelm exhibit a curious collapse. Often foreshortened or flattened in appearance and presented in lapidary series, her pictures of houses, hats, textiles, and handbags would recall Dan Graham’s systematically drab Homes for America, 1966–67, if they weren’t so pleasing. The emphatically designed compositions and chroma of Kelm’s found objects and settings (Dorothy Draper’s patterns, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House) push through the camera’s compression. The show will feature nearly fifty such historically and visually packed works, drawn from the past eight years as well as new pieces produced for the exhibition. The catalogue—copublished with Witte de With, Rotterdam, and Kunst-Werke Berlin—includes a conversation between Kelm, Ruf, Nicolaus Schafhausen, and Susanne Pfeffer; plus texts by Zoë Gray, Dirk von Lowtzow and Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith.