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View of “Vera Lossau,” 2012. From left: Age of Base, 2012; Mercury Falling, 2012.

Vera Lossau

Galerie Rupert Pfab

View of “Vera Lossau,” 2012. From left: Age of Base, 2012; Mercury Falling, 2012.

Vera Lossau pulls off an unusual balancing act with her sculptures. They are self-consciously Conceptual but nevertheless display traces of the artist’s hand, and like works in the tradition of Minimalism, they often point to their own spatial contexts, though they also take on a metaphorical dimension—a few are even narrative. Can these things go together? Haven’t Conceptual and Minimalist approaches to art always stood in vehement opposition to expressive and metaphorical, let alone narrative, entanglements? As we see in the latest show by this young Düsseldorf-based artist, the combination can work if the contrasts produce an engaging tension.

And this is just what Lossau is after: this tension between Conceptual and Minimalist approaches to sculpture and the metaphorical reach that has been a major part of what sculpture is about. Lossau’s references to medieval Madonnas

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