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Isa Genzken: Retrospective

Sabine Breitwieser, Laura Hoptman, Michael Darling, and Jeffrey Grove ; with an essay by Lisa Lee
New York : The Museum of Modern Art in collaboration with Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Dallas Museum of Art, [2013]
9780870708862, 0870708864
"Isa Genzken is arguably one of the most important and influential female artists of the past 30 years, yet the breadth of her achievement -- which spans sculptures, paintings, photographs, collages, drawings, artist's books, films, installations and public works -- is still largely unknown in the United States. Published in conjunction with the first comprehensive retrospective of the artist's epically diverse body of work, this publication encompasses Genzken's work in all media over the past 40 years and is the most complete monograph on the artist available in English. Genzken has been part of the artistic discourse since she began exhibiting in the mid-1970s, but over the last decade a new generation of artists has been inspired by her radical inventiveness. The past ten years have been particularly productive for Genzken, who has created several bodies of work that have redefined assemblage for a new era. The catalogue presents Genzken's career, through essays exploring the unfolding of her practice from 1973 until today, as well as an expansive plate section that provides a chronological overview of all her most important bodies of work and key exhibitions. Born in Germany in 1948, Isa Genzken is one of Germany's most important living artists. In the mid-1970s, as a student at Düsseldorf's renowned Kunstakademie, she created geometric wood sculptures, which gained her early international acclaim (she exhibited these works at Documenta 7 and the Venice Biennale in 1982). Since then, she has made sculptures in plaster, concrete and epoxy resin. Ranging in size from maquettes to monumental, these abstract works are influenced by Minimalism, but are decidedly narrative. Paintings that examine ideas of surface and light, as well as photographs, collages, artist's books and films, followed in the 1990s. From the late 90s on, Genzken began to create increasingly complex sculptural installations", viewed December 18, 2013.
  • Directors' Foreword / Maxwell L. Anderson, Madeleine Grynsztejn, Glenn E. Lowry
  • Acknowledgments / Sabine Breitwieser, Michael Darling, Jeffrey Grove, Laura Hoptman
  • Characters of Isa Genzken: between the personal and the constructive, 1970-1996 / Sabine Breitwieser
  • Plates, 1974-1994
  • Isa Genzken: the art of assemblage, 1993-2013 / Laura Hoptman
  • Plates, 1995-2013
  • Isa Genzken, model citizen / Lisa Lee
  • Isa Genzken: Himmel und Erde (Heaven and Earth) / Michael Darling
  • Isa Genzken's homage to herself / Jeffrey Grove
  • Chronology / Stephanie Weber
  • Selected exhibition history / compiled by Stephanie Weber
  • Selected bibliography / compiled by Stephanie Weber
  • Exhibition checklist
  • Lenders to the exhibition
  • Trustees of The Museum of Modern Art.
334 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 32 cm
  • "Published in conjunction with the exhibition Isa Genzken: Retrospective, organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; and the Dallas Museum of Art . . . The exhibition appears at The Museum of Modern Art from November 23, 2013, to March 10, 2014; at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago from April 12 to August 3, 2014; and at the Dallas Museum of Art from September 14, 2014, to January 4, 2015"--Page 333.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 324-327).
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