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Günther Förg, Thomas Struth et al.

Shared Space: A New Era (group show)
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield
1 October 2017 - 22 April 2018

Günther Forg, Häuser und Fenster: Cité radieuse III, Marseille, 1987 Courtesy the Estate of Günther Förg and Bank of America Collection
Günther Forg, Häuser und Fenster: Cité radieuse III, Marseille, 1987 Courtesy the Estate of Günther Förg and Bank of America Collection

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to present Shared Space: A New Era, an exhibition of photographs and video from 1987 through 2010 that considers the world’s social, economic, and political climate over the past thirty years and how the growing impact of technology during this time, with radically increased and diversified communication, has introduced a new phase of globalization. This exhibition has been curated by Lillian Lambrechts from the Bank of America Collection and is on loan from its Art in our Communities® program.

Shared Space features contemporary artists from twelve countries: the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland. These artists capture myriad spaces for communication and interaction—urban and rural landscapes, homes and backyards, city streets and plazas, and ports and terminals. The exhibition’s point of departure is 1987, a seminal year that marks the signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, and soon thereafter the fall of the Berlin Wall, events marking the end of the Cold War and the beginning of a new age of international exchange.

Sze Tsung Leong’s cityscapes illustrate the impact of a global economy. Thomas Ruff’s and Günther Förg’s photographs show the rapid transformation of the built environment through images of Modernist architecture constructed upon utopian ideals, now derelict and failing to realize its original intention. Photographs by Raghubir Singh, Thomas Struth, and Massimo Vitali depict masses of people gathering in public spaces from Los Angeles to Vietnam, and the Netherlands—expressing an unprecedented universality of access to information. Despite the interconnectivity of this time, a distancing and disconnect remains between individuals and groups, near and afar, as evidenced in Ben Gest’s Jessica & Samantha (2003), family members in close physical proximity who seem deeply psychologically distanced from one another. Shared Space reminds viewers of their place in the world and their role and impact on current global and interpersonal affairs while also provoking them to consider how they will contribute to “shared space” in the future.

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield


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Günther Förg

Günther Förg - A Fragile Beauty (solo show)
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
26 May – 14 October 2018

Günther Förg, Farbfeld, 1989
Günther Förg, Farbfeld, 1989

Since the 1980s, the work of the German artist Günther Förg (1952-2013) has been the subject of a great many exhibitions, publications and critical debate. The Stedelijk Museum is preparing to stage the first major retrospective of Förg’s work since his death.

As one of the seminal figures in late 20th century German art, Förg steered a singular course between conceptual photography and the so-called ‘Becher-Schule’ on the one hand, and a more formal exploration of the boundaries between figuration and abstraction on the other.

A Fragile Beauty illuminates the richness, complexity and broad scope of his work. The show features a wide spectrum of disciplines, such as wall paintings, photography and sculpture, in addition to a significant selection of paintings created between 1973 and 2010, made on canvas, wood, aluminium and lead, among other things.

The survey will feature works from the holdings of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the estate of the artist, and international public and private collections. A number of the artworks have never previously been on public display.

The Stedelijk is developing the exhibition Günther Förg – A Fragile Beauty in partnership with the Dallas Museum of Art.

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam


Günther Förg

Geschenk Papier. Von Dürer bis Grosz (group show)
Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen
29 November 2017 - 1 April 2018


Günther Förg

Gemälde, Bleibilder und Werke auf Papier 1976–2007 (solo show)
Kunstverein Reutlingen, Reutlingen
27 May – 5 August 2018


Thomas Struth

Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture (group show)
Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill
18 March - 17 June 2018

Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture is a comprehensive survey that explores the dynamic relationship between architecture, photography, and the viewer. Seen through the lens of historical and architectural photographers from the 1930s to the present, Image Building offers a nuanced perspective on how photographs affect our understanding of the built environment and our social and personal identities. The exhibition features 57 images that explore the social, psychological, and conceptual implications of architecture through the subjective interpretation of those who captured it.

Organized by guest curator Therese Lichtenstein, Ph. D, Image Building brings together works by 19 renowned, under-recognized, and emerging artists ranging from early modern to contemporary architectural photographers. In addition to photographs, Image Building includes ephemera such as magazines and books that illustrate how the meaning of photography shifts when presented in the context of high art or mass culture. 

Organized thematically into Cityscapes, Domestic Spaces, and Public Places, the exhibition examines the relationship between contemporary and historical approaches to photographing buildings in urban, suburban, and rural environments, looking at influences, similarities and differences. By juxtaposing these photographs, Image Building creates a dialogue between the past and present, revealing the ways photography shapes and frames the perception of architecture, and how that perception is transformed over time.

Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill


Thomas Struth

Thomas Struth (solo show)
Aspen Art Museum, Aspen
19 January – 10 June 2018

Thomas Struth, Front Yard, Tel Aviv 2014, 2014 © Thomas Struth
Thomas Struth, Front Yard, Tel Aviv 2014, 2014 © Thomas Struth

Acclaimed German artist Thomas Struth’s pivotal series on the Middle East is on view in Gallery 1 in its entirety for the first time. The series of eighteen monumental photographs of Israel and Palestine taken between 2009 and 2014 depicts places and people throughout the region, encompassing street views, sites of technological research, and family portraits. Photographing within the political climates of East Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Golan Heights, Ramallah, Al-Khalil/Hebron, Nazareth, and Negev, Struth conveys vivid and emotional narratives of place.

Aspen Art Museum, Aspen


Thomas Struth

Nature & Politics (solo show)
Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis
5 November 2017 - 21 January 2018

Thomas Struth, Tokamak Asdex Upgrade Interior 2, Max Planck IPP, Garching, 2009 © Thomas Struth
Thomas Struth, Tokamak Asdex Upgrade Interior 2, Max Planck IPP, Garching, 2009 © Thomas Struth

Thomas Struth: Nature & Politics is a photographic exploration of cutting-edge industrial and scientific research spaces. In over 35 works created within the past decade, the celebrated German artist Thomas Struth ambitiously takes technology and engineering as his overarching subject. With vivid color and monumental scale, he investigates the fascinating complexities of sites where knowledge, ambition, and imagination are advanced.

The featured works are drawn from the artist's visits to Europe, America, Asia, and the Middle East. Struth takes viewers into spaces normally kept from public view, such as aeronautical centers, robotics laboratories, and nuclear fusion facilities, examining humanity's attempts to understand and harness forces of nature, often at great cost of resources.

Nature & Politics intersperses Struth's technological subjects with other recent work, including images of the fantasy environments of Disneyland and the war-torn landscapes of the West Bank. This poses intriguing questions about the relationship between nature and humanity in our increasingly fabricated world, as well as drawing attention to the financial and political ambition that underscores the massive technological endeavors of our present day.

Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis