Simone Westerwinter

Galerie Otto Schweins

The announcement for Simone Westerwinter’s recent show in Cologne—her first solo exhibition in this city—depicted a man who’s already shown keen interest in her work: Udo Kittelmann, director of Cologne’s Kunstverein. Kittelmann smiles affably into the camera as he sits in his office, holding a telephone receiver. The card doesn’t give the slightest clue as to his identity—only the initiated would have known who he was, though even they probably wouldn’t have immediately understood the connection to Westerwinter’s show. Only on viewing a piece entitled I love curators, 1995, which includes photos of several of the curators with whom Westerwinter has worked or will work in the future, might they have grasped the image’s significance.

Those unfamiliar with Westerwinter’s already extensive body of work might be inclined to find the approach in I love curators somewhat simplistic, but its depth

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