Finding the Unexpected
60 Years of Photography
21 May to 17 September 2017
With the exhibition Finding the Unexpected. SAM SHAW. 60 Years of Photography, LUDWIGGALERIE Schloss Oberhausen dedicates itself to one of the most important American photographers of the 20th century. The various facets of the multifaceted work of Shaw, born in New York, are highlighted in a detailed and extensive presentation. Icons such as Marilyn Monroe from The Seven Year Itch can be seen (who doesn't remember the fluttering pleats skirt?) alongside his inventive portraits of artists and photo stories of poverty and crime.
Sam Shaw's career began as a photographer for Collier's magazine. He gained prominence with the essay How America Lives, displaying the multifarious faces of everyday American life in the 1940s far removed from the glitz and glamour of his later Hollywood shots. Portraits of stars, artists and intellectuals of the era embellish an array of magazine front pages such as LIFE or Look and determine our collective visual memory until the present day.
Movies are the major role model for his photography. As a result, Shaw frequently uses unusual perspectives reminiscent of camera angles in film sequences. An additional interest in painting is not only witnessed in the portraits of artists but also in highly painterly shots achieved using lenses with a longer focal length. The photographs have a narrative nature and are often designed as a series: whether the photographer accompanies Sophia Loren on a day of filming or pursuing children at play. Many motifs and city landscapes also reveal a graphic interest, and with nature shots Shaw favours early evening or morning hours with a low sun.
A wide-ranging retrospective can be seen at Oberhausen presenting around 230 black and white photographs in cooperation with the Shaw Family Archives New York. In addition to the classics, topical aspects from his 60-year career can also be seen focusing on sport, portraits, crime and the movies.
"Personally, I search to specifically find. For me it's a visual adventure to locate the unexpected or to see what'll happen around the next corner. I've only seldom arranged a photo compositionally – the only exception was the shot of Marilyn Monroe in the series with the fluttering dress."
The Kunstverein as a guest of the LUDWIGGALERIE
Andrea Küster – Gardening is the painter joy
25 June to 24 September 2017
Düsseldorf-based artist Andrea Küster works since the mid-90s especially with herbal themes. "The observation of plants the organic world of forms and the space formed by it fascinates me", she says.
The plant motif, in which it presents itself on the images as image, but isn't in the sense but is a job with a living organism and its extension into the static form of an image. Plant, but especially flowers such as lilies and Tulips are the artist model.
In a first approach, pencil drawings and pastels, where it separates Earth from space and on the drawn-out volume looking result. This approach is similar to a balancing act between subject matter and abstraction. While the drawings to the abstract, her painting of a naturalistic play approach. It transfers these operations increasingly on large format canvases. Plant detail is so alienated by the oversizing and the renewed choice of sections, now detail of a detail of that vegetable shapes can be determined more specifically not more clearly.
Andrea Küster so a purely pictorial approach refuses to allow at the same time also not completely from her.