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Claas Gutsche, Siedlung Krumme Lanke (Settlement Krumme Lanke), 2010, linocut on paper, 72½ x 105½". From “Linocut Reloaded.”

“Linocut Reloaded”

Galerie Wagner + Partner

Claas Gutsche, Siedlung Krumme Lanke (Settlement Krumme Lanke), 2010, linocut on paper, 72½ x 105½". From “Linocut Reloaded.”

Does the use of a particular printing technique, such as linoleum cutting, say anything about the content and character of a work of art? This question lurked behind the exhibition “Linocut Reloaded,” mounted by two Berlin galleries, Wagner + Partner and Hunchentoot, in the space of the former. The exhibition made its case for the medium by bringing together four German artists: Claas Gutsche, Philipp Hennevogl, Thomas Kilpper, and Sebastian Speckmann.

Two large, impressive prints by Gutsche place middle-class contentment against a dark backdrop. The villas in Siedlung Krumme Lanke (Settlement Krumme Lanke), 2010, exude prosperity in their arboreal setting. What the print does not show us is that these houses were part of a large SS residential complex in a Berlin suburb. Gutsche is hardly the first artist to focus on this kind of historically charged site, but fashioning a

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