Georg Herold

Kunstverein Hannover

Among the West German artists who came into prominence in the ’80s, Georg Herold somehow missed out on the international notoriety of his friends and occasional collaborators Martin Kippenberger and Albert Oehlen. Until now, no exhibition has covered Herold’s entire career in depth. Though this traveling retrospective happily corrects the oversight, it is disappointing that it won’t be seen outside the German-speaking countries; Herold deserves a bigger audience.

Like many established German artists, Herold grew up in the East and made his reputation in the West, having studied art on both sides of the Iron Curtain. This schizoid background has always shaped his work, which frequently sets its critical sights on the reigning symbols of the socialist and capitalist systems. In his 1985 Interessante Kunst aus Westdeutschland (Interesting Art from West Germany), four bricks cemented together

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