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Jurgen Partenheimer

Kunstmuseum St. Gallen

The catalogue of this show contains a reproduction of the invitation to Jürgen Partenheimer’s show at Artists Space in 1982; it pinpoints the deeper meaning of his work. In this photograph, the artist himself, standing at the center of a primitive seesaw, is shown matter-of-factly balancing a typewriter and a picture. The photo suggests that Partenheimer is nimbly maintaining an equilibrium between the two poles of verbal and visual language. However, as he lucidly demonstrates in his drawings, with their manifold inclusions of free or bound letters of the alphabet, his goal is not to pit verbal and pictorial logic against one another but to enrich each category with the specific quality of its counterpart. Figuratively speaking, Partenheimer’s closeness to language is reflected in the highly disciplined yet spontaneous form of his pictorial pieces and, of course, in his formats and his

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