Andreas Gursky

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Like Jaschi Klein, Andreas Gursky shows us the figure in space, but the effect is radically different. First, the balance between figure and space is sharply altered, the figure being a relatively minute speck within a vast, almost indeterminate space. Second, the space is not turned into a stage, that is, a support for the figures, a place to show them off to expressive advantage; rather, it exists as an absolute. It is transparent, even lucid in quality; it is not enlisted in the service of mood. Third, it is still noticeably an everyday space, rather than Klein’s enigmatic one, which seems to live in a magician’s hat. Fourth, it is at the same time clearly constructed, invented, abstract. It has none of the voluptuousness of Klein’s all-too-material space.

Gursky’s Ruhrtal (Ruhr valley, 1989) represents space by “focusing” it within an internal frame composed of a horizontal bridge,

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