This morning in Berlin, a small crowd gathered around an open cemetery grave to pay their respects to a 60-year-old Syrian refugee.
The influential German architect Frei Otto died Monday, one day before it was announced that he would be receiving the 2015 Pritzker Prize.
It’s not quite clear why the art dealer mutilated the painting to begin with.
The German art collective known as the Center for Political Beauty (CPB) doesn’t mess around.
Repatriation of scalps from a German museum to tribes in the United States is revealing the rift between the countries in the treatment of human remains as museum artifacts.
Recently installed in the Gasometer in Germany, Christo’s “Big Air Package” is an ethereal inflatable sculpture. Longtime collaborate and photographer Wolfgang Volz conveyed the experience of being inside: “It is very difficult to describe. I am not a religious person, but should I ever make it to heaven, being inside the ‘Big Air Package’ is what I would think it is like in heaven.”
Fritz Winter (1905–1976) is a German artist best known for the abstract paintings he did after World War II. He and Rupprecht Geiger (1908–2009) co-founded the group “Zen 49” in Munich in 1949. Willi Baumeister (1889–1955) was also a member.
The starchitecture of Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, and Rem Koolhaas might rule the day today, but the world’s earliest architecture was quite a bit more, shall we say, austere. Archaeologists have unearthed the oldest known example of wooden architecture, a 7000-year old structure.
Editor’s Note: Peter Dobey published a series of photo essays (1, 2, 3) about this year’s Venice Biennale at the beginning of June. This is a long-form essay (to be published in three parts) that explores the work at the Biennale.
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PARIS — It is difficult to write about Venice, just like it is difficult to really SEE Venice. Individual experiences of art fade away into the oversaturation that is the Venice Biennale in the same way the city of Venice is sinking into the Adriatic. There is the ontological experience of Venice and the problem of one’s ability to encounter it. Then there is the physical impossibility to see everything the Biennale offers you and all the things it doesn’t, especially when in Italy.
When Anselm Kiefer took the stage at 92nd Street Y last night, it wasn’t as the artistic-political bad boy the artist became famous as in the 60s and 70s, nor was it the epic mythologist of the 80s and 90s. Now, Kiefer cuts a figure of mischievous respect, a patrician of the contemporary art world whose work, unlike most of his peers, has actually retained its vitality and provocative nature over the years.
Kiefer’s conversation covered everything from the influence of religion on his work to the inspiration of ruins, the artist’s birth in a cave during World War II, and his opinion that all art produced during the Third Reich is “shit.”
Personal computing may have begun in the 1980s but the history of computer art started much earlier during a period when only a few visionaries sensed the impact computers were going to have on our lives. The Slovakia-based Translab has posted a good online archive of early computer art from names that aren’t widely known but were important for their early work with computers.