Konrad Fischer

SCHWARZ ist doch gar keine Farbe!

19 Mar - 30 Apr 2010

© Hans-Peter Feldmann
Teapot, cardboard on pedestal
ca. 30 x 20 cm
SCHWARZ ist doch gar keine Farbe!

March 19 - April 30, 2010

Opening: Friday, March 19 2010, 6 - 9 pm

In an 80s hit single by German New Wave band DAF the girl reacts with a sense of outrage that black does not belong to the standard colour scale: “But Black is no real colour!” And justifiably so! Black can be defined as a visual impression experienced when no visible light reaches the eye in opposition to the various intensities of light that effect different colours. Black is the absence of all colours of the visible light. An object is said to be black when most of the incoming light is absorbed instead of being reflected.
Still, in 1912 and later on in 1915, Kasimir Malevich came under severe criticism when publishing his manifesto “From Cubism to Suprematism” and for introducing his “Black Square” promoting his ideology of total abstraction. Nowadays, not only in art criticism Malevich’s idea is commonly accepted as being one of the milestones of Modern Art. But how is the audience responding to artworks dealing with the idea of blackness today?
Our group show introduces artworks by Rita McBride, Tony Cragg, John McCracken, Wolfgang Laib, Harald Klingelhöller, Thomas Schütte and Paloma Varga Weisz focussing on the sculptural form. Minimal, Arte Povera and Land Art are represented by artists Carl Andre, Sol LeWitt, Mario Merz, Jannis Kounellis, Giuseppe Penone and Richard Long: graphite and coal as the blackest materials in nature and black lacquer in dialogue. Gregor Schneider shows a black opaque window that is firing the beholder’s imagination, such as Thomas Ruff’s starry sky photographies, Juergen Staack’s “Transcription Images”, Wolfgang Plöger’s “To the Point” and Matthias Meyer’s “The Black Museum” will do.

Tags: Carl Andre, Rita McBride, Tony Cragg, Harald Klingelhöller, Jannis Kounellis, Wolfgang Laib, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Kazimir Malevich, Rita McBride, John McCracken, Mario Merz, Matthias Meyer, Giuseppe Penone, Wolfgang Plöger, Thomas Ruff, Gregor Schneider, Thomas Schütte, Juergen Staack, Paloma Varga Weisz