Concept – Form – Space. Selection of works from a Private American Collection

April 30, 2014 – June 2, 2014


Schönewald Fine Arts opens its new exhibition Concept – Form – Space with a selection of works from a Private American Collection. The exhibition ranges over two rooms. From the 1960s onward it focuses on the interaction between image space and real space. The current presentation includes works on paper, sculptures and assemblages, which had already been exhibited at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art in Montecito. It openes with a fulminant work by Jannis Kounellis from 1988, which can be lightened and which includes recurrent elements in Kounellis’ Oeuvre such as lead, steel, coal, ash and fire – as obliterative means. Luckily, Schönewald Fine Arts is in the possession of the original installational view of the American Collector’s private home, where a pending, filigree sculpture by Otto Boll had originally been installed and whose shape corresponds with the five gas burners in the lead. The artist will install his artist proof for the show instead. Additonally, Tony Cragg is respresented with two works in the first room. On the one hand with the drawing Green Vessels. Vessels are a guiding theme in his Oeuvre as a metaphor of evolution – on the other hand, the sculpture Small Spill from 1987, corresponds with a copper work, composed of eleven units, by Carl Andre. The round tour through the first exhibition space closes with Spiegel, grau (grey mirror) by Gerhard Richter and the drawing Curve 1 by Richard Serra. In the second room, the beholder’s view is directed to an assemblage by Giulio Paolini, which concentrates on the aspect of viewing and on the examination of space and time. Opposite to a major wall relief by John Chamberlain from 1961, exhibited in the retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in New York two years ago, there is an Achrome by Piero Manzoni, containing 42 cotton balls mounted on red felt. The exhibition closes with five drawings by Tony Cragg, each representing catagories such as molecular compositions, particles, vessels, personalities and spines.


Installation images