CHICAGO, 23 June 2002 - First on view at the Museum of Modern Art, New York
in the spring of 2001, this United States retrospective of the work of
contemporary German artist Andreas Gursky (b. 1955) presents some forty
works surveying his achievement from 1984 to the present. Gurskys world
of the 1990s is big, high-tech, fast-paced, expensive, and global - very
much like the computer-enhanced hotel lobby entitled Shanghai
Gursky. Shanghai, 2000
Chromogenic color print.
9' 11 5/16"x
6' 9 1/2" (280 x 200 cm).
Lent by the artist, courtesy
Gallery, New York, and Monika Sprüth Galerie,
© 2001 Andreas Gursky.
only child of a successful commercial photographer in Düsseldorf,
Andreas Gursky spent two years in Essen at the Folkwangschule, which
Otto Steinert had established as West Germanys leading training
ground for professional photographers, especially photojournalists. In
the early 1980s, Gursky studied at the Staatliche Kunstakademie in his
native Düsseldorf, which thanks to artists such as Joseph Beuys,
Sigmar Polke, and Gerhard Richter had become the hotbed of Germany's
vibrant postwar avant-garde. There Gursky learned the ropes of the art
world and mastered the rigorous method of Bernd and Hilla Becher,
whose photographs had achieved prominence within the Conceptual and
Minimal art movements.
Gurskys photographs explore the
relationships between the documentary and the personalas well as
notions of order and disorderoften focusing on subjects such as
tourism, factories, stock exchanges, and manifestations of global
culture such as rave concerts.
Museum of Contemporary Art
June - 28 September 2002
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